Reverend Dr. Boniface Kabongo
(February 26, 1965 – January 21,2016)
The Reverend Dr. Boniface Kabongo, legal representative and assistant to the bishop for the North Katanga Episcopal Area, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 21, 2016 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Kabongo, who was 50, served the North Katanga Episcopal Area since 1995. During that time, he served as Legal Representative and Director of Teachers College, Kamina District Superintendent, and local pastor in Bukama and Kitenge.
“This is a very big loss. Today, in Kamina, we are in shock.” said North Katanga Bishop Ntambo Nkulu Ntanda.
Husband of Enea Bwalya Masangu and father of Doel, Emis, Joy, Doree and Nick, Kabongo leaves a legacy of faith and commitment. Friend and fellow clergy member, Rev. Betty Kazadi Musau shares, “The Reverend Dr. Boniface Kabongo was a right, correct, respectable Christian man. He knew the church and was the right person in the conference to lead the episcopacy into its future.”
Kabongo served frequently as liaison to partners of the North Katanga Episcopal Area, who are many in number, and include the West Ohio, Greater New Jersey, Arkansas, and Indiana Annual Conferences, Church of the Resurrection, Highland Park United Methodist Church, Discipleship Ministries, Global Ministries, United Methodist Communications, and Higher Education and Ministry. Friend and colleague Rev. Steve Bryant said of Kabongo, “He was a strong person, a level headed leader.”
A graduate of Africa University and Saint Paul School of Theology, Kabongo placed great value on his own education and that of others. Amos Nascimento, Higher Education and Ministry, said, “This is a great loss for The United Methodist Church, and for our educational system in the DRC – a great loss for the church globally.”
Funeral services will be held at Kamina United Methodist Church on Wednesday, January 27. A memorial scholarship is being developed at Teachers College. Donations may be sent to the Rev. Dr. Boniface Kabongo Legacy Fund, North Katanga Episcopal Area.