Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa

Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa gives a geography lesson on the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference.

Bishop Scott Jones introduces Greater Nhiwatiwa and Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa to members of the Kansas West Annual Conference.

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Eben K. Nhiwatiwa was born in Gandanzara Village, Makoni, Rusape, Zimbabwe.

Nhiwatiwa graduated from Epworth Theological College, Harare, with a diploma in theology; from Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., with a one-year certificate in theology; received a graduate certificate in education from the University of Zimbabwe; a bachelor of arts from Goshen College, Goshen, Ind.; a master of science from Illinois State University, Normal, Ill.; a master of theology from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta; and a Ph.D. from Illinois State University.

He was ordained a deacon by Bishop Abel Muzorewa and elder by Bishop Ralph Alton. He served a number of churches and more at Old Mutare Mission, where he served from 1984-1991. In 1992, he was one of the pioneering professors at the newly-established Africa University in the Faculty (School) of Theology, where he lectured in pastoral theology.

He served the church in various capacities including local, district and conference levels prior to being elected bishop in August 2004. He was the conference secretary for the Zimbabwe Annual Confernece from 1992 to 2000, and then the Zimbabwe East Conference from 2001 to 2004. In 1992 and 2000, he was elected delegate to the Africa Central Conference and then in 2004, he served the church as the clergy delegate and head of delegation for the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference.

Nhiwatiwa is the episcopal leader for the Zimbabwe East and the Zimbabwe West annual conferences. He serves on the board of directors for Africa University and is a member of the Commission for the Study of Ministry under the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry. He represented the Africa Central Conference at the World Methodist Conference in South Korea in 2006.

He says his style of episcopal leadership is based on the theology of the ministry of presence; that is, being with the peole to make them disciples for Jesus Christ to make a difference in the world.

He and Greater Taremeredzwa Munesi were married in 1979. They have two daughters, Mabel and Nyasha.