Evangelical Orthodox Church Elects New Patriarch, Bishop Joshua Becharm

The incoming and outgoing Patriarch

The Evangelical Orthodox Church (EOC) International Holy Synod that sat in Indianapolis United States of America has elected Bishop Joshua Becharm of USA as the new international patriarch.

Bishop Joshua comes in to replace Bishop Jerold Gilege who has stepped down due to his age having clocked 75 years.

The International Holy Synod resolutions were read by the presiding Bishop of EOC in Uganda Jacinto Kibuuka during the trans-night prayers held at Mamre International Prayer Centre in Namugongo- Janda.

“The Holy Synod sits every after two years to talk about crucial issues that arise from respective dioceses. This time round, our policy is that when someone clocks 75 years of age, he retires as a Bishop or as a Patriarch,” noted Bishop Kibuuka.

Bishop Kibuuka noted that this time, Bishop Jerold has retired as a patriarch of the Evangelical Orthodox Church in the World and the synod was obliged to elect a new patriarch who is Bishop Joshua Bicham.

The same Synod elected Rev. Fr. Joseph Birungi Bizibu as the Auxiliary Bishop of Kampala in Uganda and Rev. Fr. Bruno Ssekiryamuba Muhindo as Bishop for North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo.

L-R: Bishop Bruno, Bishop Kibuuka and Bishop Birungi

The announcement left a mammoth of congregation who attended the trans night healing and deliverance Divine Liturgy in great joy and jubilation.

“We congratulate them and we pray for them as they are becoming shepherds to unit and guide the flock of Jesus Christ,” Bishop Kibuuka said.

On the other hand, Bishop Jacinto Kibuuka urged the parents to take responsibility of the children in holiday so that they don’t catch Ebola and also don’t engage in the immoral acts.

“Let’s observe the SOP so we don’t infect the children, let’s ensure safety and security of the children, control them from joining discos, cinema halls, keep them from becoming drug addicts as well as early marriages and pregnancies,” Kibuuka noted

He added that, “Encourage your child to always go to church, allow them grow in the fear of the Lord because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”

Believers at Mamre Centre


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