The Inception of Diocese of Eldoret
The ACK Diocese of Eldoret covers two counties of Uasin Gishu and Elgeyo Marakwet. The Diocese was created on 1st January 1983 following the sub-division of Nakuru Diocese and subsequent inauguration on 5th June 1983, serving the administrative districts of Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Trans Nzoia, West Pokot and Turkana. In Terms of structural formation, it is part of Anglican Church of Kenya and thus subscribe to the ACK provincial constitution. Since its inception, the Diocese of Eldoret has been under stewardship of four Bishops notably; The Rt. Rev. Alexander Muge [1983-1990], The Rt. Rev. Stephen Kewasis [1992-1997], The Rt. Rev. Thomas Kogo [1997-2010] and The Rt. Rev. Dr. Christopher Rutto serving as the incumbent. Due to the vast area covered by the Diocese of Eldoret, the Diocese was further sub-divided, creating Kitale Diocese which was curved out of the Diocese of Eldoret in 1997 with The Rt. Rev. Stephen Kewasis opting to head the new Diocese which now serves Trans Nzoia, West Pokot and Turkana Counties. In 2015, Nandi County was curved out of the Diocese Eldoret creating Diocese of Kapsabet. The Diocese of Eldoret remains with two counties to serve namely; Elgeyo-Marakwet and Uasin Gishu counties and is headquartered in Eldoret town, Elgon View Estate.
The Right Rev. Alexander Kipsang' Muge (1st Bishop)
The first bishop of ACK Eldoret Diocese [1983-1990] The Rt. Rev. Alexander Kipsang Muge was born in 1948, his father enrolled him in the Africa Inland Church Primary School at Tangaratwet where he received excellent marks in the standard four Common Entrance Examination in 1962. Later, Kipsang studied at the Anglican Mission School where he passed the Kenya Primary Education Examination.
Kipsang was converted and baptized on October 25, 1970 at St. Michael and All Angels Church in Ruiru and given the name Alexander by the Rev. John Kago. In 1973, three years after his conversion, he decided to resign from his work as a soldier and begin studies at St. Philip's Maseno Bible School. In 1975, he was ordained a deacon at St. Stephen's Church, Jogoo Road, in Nairobi. The following year, he was ordained a priest and made a curate there. Later, he served as a priest at St. Mark's Church, Westland, Nairobi, before going to London Bible School in Britain in 1979. While in London, his eloquence earned him many good friends and he became secretary to a Pan-African student body.
He graduated with a bachelor of arts in divinity from the London Bible School and returned to Kenya in June of 1982. He rejoined the diocese of Nairobi and on July 1st of that same year, he was appointed assistant provost of All Saints Cathedral. Muge served at All Saints for eleven months before being appointed bishop of the newly created diocese of Eldoret on June 5, 1983.
The Right Rev. Dr. Christopher Rutto (4th Bishop)
The fourth and current bishop of ACK Eldoret Diocese was Consecrated and Enthroned on 9th January 2011 after the retirement of the third Bishop. The Rt. Rev. Dr. Christopher Rutto was born and brought up in Plateau in Uasin Gishu County. He was enrolled in Plateau Primary School in 1972 and did Certificate of Primary Education in 1979 (C.P.E). Having passed with excellent marks in C.P.E, he went on to join Kapsabet Boys High School and did form four exams in 1983. He later joined Meru High School for higher education 1984 where he did and passed form six exams in 1986.
He later joined St. Paul's University and was awarded a Ba degree in Theology and was ordained as a priest and made a Deacon in 1991 by the Most Rev. Manases Kuria. He later went for further studies and joined All Nations College in the United Kingdom for Masters degree in 1993 and later University of Birmingham for PhD in Theology.
The places he has worked before becoming the fourth Bishop are as follows: -
- Curate - St. Matthew's Cathedral and Eldoret Diocesan Youth Organizer (DYO) in 1990
- Stewardship Secretary in 1991
- Honorary Vicar St. Barnabas Kapsabet, Kimaru Sub-Parish, Emmanuel Kiborgok Parish, Mosop East Parish and _ Parish between 1995 -1999
- He also has worked as a University Lecturer in Maseno University (Full time) and St. Paul's Theological College - Kapsabet.
The Bishop is Married to Mrs. Mirriam Rutto
The Right Rev. Stephen Kewasis Nyorsok (2nd Bishop)
The Right Rev. Thomas Kogo (3rd Bishop)