HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
After a long time of waiting in launching to the North Rift Region and in a bid to fulfill the CITAM mission of reaching “Kenya and the rest of the world impacted with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Power of the Holy Spirit”, the Bishop, Elders Council and the Missions Department decided in 2012 to initiate the CITAM Eldoret Church planting.
PIONEER STAFF AND LEADERSHIP
A staff team made up of Rev John Wesley Nguuh (Senior Pastor), Rev Josephine Nguuh, Pastor Aggrey Omukunga, Sis Dorina Oluko, and Steve Kihara was appointed to spearhead the Church plant. A CITAM Eldoret Church plant committee led by the Deputy Bishop with membership of relevant CITAM HoDs, building committee representative, a deacon, and an elder was put in place to give necessary support to the staff team until the official launch of the church on 28 September 2014. The team was well received on the ground by brethren and various church leaders. By God’s favor the staff got appropriate housing and schools for their children respectively. The Senior pastor appointed an interim leadership team in August 2013 to assist him in the leadership of the church before the official launch of the church until an Interim Advisory Committee [IAAC] was appointed.
A prime four acre piece of land was identified in 2012 at Pioneer Estate, Eldoret and a process of acquisition of the land was commenced. Unfortunately the process turned out to be a long wait for the vendor to get the legal land documents but with much patience and prayer the documents were obtained in Dec 2013. Hence the transfer of documents to CITAM commenced. Glory to God.
CITAM-wide prayer and fasting initiative was put in place in March 2013. CITAM joint prayers were held every Sunday afternoon in April and May from 2.30pm to 4.00pm in the Jubilee Ministry Center [JMC] at CITAM Valley Road. Due to the unavailability of documents for the plot, no services could commence on the land and hence alternate meeting places and for the office were sought. By the grace of God a bungalow to host the office was found in Pioneer estate not far from the plot. No suitable place for prayer meetings and Sunday services was found in town. By divine design, the proprietors of the Alphax college accepted us to hold our weekday meetings from their place. A joint CITAM overnight prayer meeting was held in Eldoret on Friday 26th April 2013 at Alphax College. The first weekly prayer meeting of Wednesday at 5.30-7.00pm was held in the first week of May 2013 at Alphax College with about 15 people in attendance.
OUR FIRST SUNDAY SERVICE
By mid-June there was much pressure to begin Sunday services but there was no venue for meetings. Again God used the proprietors of Alphax college who also own the Noble Hotel and Conference center to offer an incubation space for the church. The first Sunday service was held at the Noble Hotel and Conference Center on 30th June 2013 with 150 people in attendance as part of the CITAM 50 days of celebrating God’s favor campaign. The Sunday Services moved to our Pioneer plot in July 2014.