Archbishop Rev Dr. Byrum A. Makokha (born 7 October 1929) was a Kenyan Church of God cleric and theologian. His first name was Byrum, chosen by his parents in good Kenyan tradition. ARCHBISHOP REV. BYRUM MAKOKHA. This name tied him to an iconic Church of God name in North America and in the Church of God. E.E. Byrum was editor of the Gospel Trumpet, a well-known journal of the Church of God reformation movement. The hope and prayer of Byrum’s parents must have been that their son’s life would reflect the heritage of the Byrum name. Little could they know then how this child would live to be a man for his time over the next 91 years.
Just 10 years before Byrum was born, the Missionary Board of the Church of God assumed the work of a small mission with Quaker roots and appointed several missionaries to Kenya. That launch date of the Church of God was 1922.
During Byrum’s lifetime, the Church of God in Kenya grew and matured from a mission controlled and directed by foreign missionaries, mostly from North America, into a self-reliant national church governed by a general assembly registered with the Kenyan government. Byrum Makokha was significantly involved in this sweeping transition. He became the first full-time national assembly leader in 1970. The assembly, over time, moved toward self-reliance in the development of a negotiated grant-in-aid program with the Missionary Board of the Church of God.
All this change came just a few short years after Kenyan independence in 1963. The characteristics of the transition from a former British Colony to national independence was a major influence on the changes taking place in the church.
Even while the events in the country of Kenya and in the Kenyan Church of God were unfolding, mission philosophy was undergoing a radical change. The concept of partnership was being embraced, and partnership meant recognition of the gifts of each partner. Unfortunately, recognition of the interdependence of all participants in the life of the church in Kenya lagged, and Byrum was influential in moving it along at a faster pace. On this we were in agreement.
The wedding of archbishop Byrum Makokha and Grace Akula was held at Kima Cathedral Church in Vihiga county under tight security.
Church of God in East Africa (Kenya) team (Leadership) under ARCHBISHOP REV. BYRUM MAKOKHA Tenure
- Deputy Arch Bishop- Guiding and Counselling- Rt. Rev. Dr. Benson Andebe
- ARCHBISHOP–THE MOST RT REV. DR. BYRUM A. MAKOKHA
- Deputy Archbishop Administrative Affairs -Rt. Rev. James Obunde
- National treasurer-Rev. Wycliffe Omusebe
- Rev. Jared Akondo- General Secretary, Administrative Co-ordinator.
- Rev. Rebeccah Litunya-Women director
ARCHBISHOP MOST RT. REV. DR. BYRUM MAKOKHA AKHAENDA Obituary
(Sunrise: 16/12/1932 -Sunset: 25/08/2020)
It is with profound sorrow and humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the death of the Arch Bishop Most Rt Rev. Dr. Byrum Makokha Akhaenda of the Church of God EA (K).
Loving husband of the late Joy Adava Makokha then later of Rev. Grace Hoka Makokha. Son of the late Rev. Silas and Truphena Akhaenda of Ibubi, Vihiga County. Father of Cherrie, Eunice, Stafford, Esther and Agnes. Brother of the late Rev. Aritah, Rev Leah, the late Ellen, the late Rev Ernest and Professor Elijah. Brother-in-law of Rev. Grace, Margaret, Late Mary, Proffessor Asigo, John Mark, Kagonya, Mr. Wycliffe, Florence, Patricia and Martin. Uncle of Elizabeth, Kennedy, Joy, Clive, Jonotham, Phanice, Truphena, Rael, Ongoche, Sylvia, Margaret, James, John, David, Omutoku, Jared, Jeremia, Jane, and David Omutsani. Cousin of Philip, Rev Obadiah, Moses, Rev. Annah, lndosio, Florida, Mary and others who have passed on. Son-in-law of Rael Omulindi of Ebukhaya Vihiga County.
His wife was Late Rev. Dr. Joy Adava Makokha
Rev. Dr. Joy Adava Makokha, 68. Sunrise September 14, 1941 – Sunset August 3, 2010. She was born in Vihiga, Kenya to the late Reuben and Mikali Adego. Dr. Makokha was a graduate and professor at The Ohio State University. She labored and ministered along side with her husband as Bishopess over the Church of God in East Africa Kenya and fellowshipped with the Meadowpark Church of God in Columbus. Along with her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, 2 brothers and a sister. Left to cherish her memory husband the Late Right Reverend Bishop Dr. Byrum Makokha, son Stafford Makokha, daughters Cherie (Stephen Hunt) Makokha, Unis (Rocky Maddex) Makokha, Esther (Pastor Samuel Jefferson) Makokha-Jefferson, and Agnes Makokha, brothers John Mark (Fani) Asava, Samson (Nifa) Ungiya and Phillip Modani, sisters Elizabeth (Jack) Okech, Roseline (Ben) Lewis and Ruth (Tiema) Muhando, 6 grandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
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