Nairobi Diocese, which is within the Anglican Church of Kenya,
is part of the wider Anglican Communion. The history of the
Anglican church of Kenya dates back to 1844 when the first
missionary from the Church Missionary Society (CMS), Dr. Johann
Ludwig Krapf, arrived in Mombasa. He was joined two years later
by Rev. Johann Rebman. The two CMS missionaries started several
CMS stations in the coastal region which culminated in the diocese
of Eastern Equatorial Africa formed in 1884. This covered areas
including Uganda, Kenya and Tanganyika with James Hannington
as the first Bishop.
In 1955 the first African Bishop of the Anglican Church in
Kenya, Festo Olang’ and Obadiah Kariuki were consecrated by
the Archbishop of Canterbury in Uganda. In 1960 the Anglican
Province of East Africa, comprising of Kenya and Tanganyika was
formed with L.J. Beecher as the first archbishop.
In 1964, the diocese of Nairobi was separated from the Diocese of
The first African Archbishop of the Church, the Most Rev.
Festo Olang’, was elected in 1970. In 1974 Imani house, the then
headquarters of the Anglican church of Kenya and the diocese of
Nairobi was opened. The most Rev. Dr. Manasses Kuria was elected
the second Archbishop of the Church succeeding the most Rev. Festo
Olang’ in 1980
In 1994, the most Rev. Dr. Manasses Kuria retired and in 1996 The
Most Rev. Dr. David Gitari was elected the third Archbishop to take
his place. In September 2002 Nairobi Diocese was split into two
Dioceses: All Saints Cathedral diocese under the Most Rev. David
Gitari and the Nairobi Diocese, where Bishop Peter Njoka was elected
the first Bishop.
In July 2010, Bishop Peter Njoka retired and he was succeeded by The
Rt. Rev. Joel Waweru.