SHAME As Internal Leadership Wrangles in SDA sees American Pastor Barred from Preaching

In a totally distasteful and shameful scenario that would make Jesus cringe, an American evangelist will leave Nairobi after he was refused permission to preach in two Seventh Day Adventist churches.

Pastor Randy Skeete was originally scheduled to be the guest speaker at this year’s one-week camp meeting at Newlife SDA Church in Kisii County but was turned away.

The pastor opted to conduct the one-week mission service at Gloryland SDA Church in Nairobi but that, too flopped forcing the Preacher to take the gospel to Uganda.

The SDA Church, which comprises five conferences, conducts annual week-long evangelical meetings in August that involve guest speakers from other regions.

Normally, the church requiring a pastor from outside its conference writes to its conference officials for permission.

In Skeete’s case, this was done in March by Kisii Newlife SDA, which belongs to the South Kenya Conference (SCK), and approval was granted.

Church members went ahead to contribute towards Skeete’s air ticket and other expenses. But on July 3, a letter purportedly written by SCK Executive Secretary Leonard Aencha sought to have the church organize for a different pastor to attend the camp.

A source said the SCK leadership was not happy that Skeete was slated to preach at the Newlife camp and not at the Kisii Central Church Camp meeting, whose membership reportedly includes the ‘who’s who’ in the community.

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