Visit of Robert Wafula

Visit of Robert Wafula

Today we will have a special visitor – Rober Walfula – Principal of Friends Theological College (FTC), Kenya.

Born and raised in western Kenya, Robert has been married to Nancy Wafula for 23 years. They have married daughter who has two boys aged three and four, living in Nairobi.

After graduating in theology Robert worked in Nairobi as pastoral minister at the Friends International Centre for 6 years (1990-1996). In August 1996 Robert and Nancy went to the US where he undertook graduate study in religious studies at Earlham School of Religion (ESR), then a second Master’s degree in International Affairs (2000) at Ohio University. In June 2006 he completed his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies in Education focusing on Cultural Anthropology. He taught Anthropology, Cultural Diversity, and Sociology in Columbus State College of Ohio from 2006-2014. Nancy undertook undergraduate studies in Hospitality management (2003) and later switched to Nursing (2009).

Robert relocated to Kenya in October 2014 to take up the position of Principal at Friends Theological College (FTC), Kenya. Nancy remained in Ohio to wind up her studies in Health care Management. She is currently busy putting her bags together to rejoin Robert in Kenya by the end of this year.

FTC offers training in Pastoral ministry at Certificate, Diploma, and Bachelor degree levels. They also prepare students in Chaplaincy studies for high school, colleges, hospitals, and prison ministries. They are now working on curricular in areas of institutional leadership and management; and counselling psychology in all levels.

Robert is looking forward to meeting with Bury Friends on Sunday 26th June and talking about:

1. His life among the Kenyan Quaker community in the early 1960s and how life has changed since.
2. African Quakerism and how that relates to the African culture.
3. Friends Theological College (FTC) as a center for theological learning in Africa. How students are engaged in theological discourse and peace in the Kenyan and African societies.
4. The Kenyan Education system: how Quaker schools have impacted education in Kenya.
5.Any other things and areas of interest British Friends may wish to know about Kenya.

Robert is staying with Elaine, if you want to know any more.