Lunge elected bishop in Congo

Bishop Patrick Streiff, left, of the Central and Southern Europe Episcopal Area, greets the Rev. Daniel Onashuyaka Lunge after he is elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference on March 18. Lunge, 59, was elected at the quadrennial meeting in Kamina. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.
Bishop Patrick Streiff, left, of the Central and Southern Europe Episcopal Area, greets the Rev. Daniel Onashuyaka Lunge after he is elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference on March 18. Lunge, 59, was elected at the quadrennial meeting in Kamina. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah, UMNS.

The Rev. Daniel Onashuyaka Lunge, dean of the Faculty of Theology at Patrice Lumumba University, has been elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference.

Lunge, 59, was elected March 18 at the quadrennial meeting in Kamina. On the third ballot, he received 277 of 286 votes cast. 

“Throughout my life, one thing I have been doing and am always ready to do is say — ‘Lord here I am, send me.’ I am a servant of the Lord,’” said Lunge.

He was the second bishop elected by the conference’s 292 delegates, and he was assigned to lead the Central Congo Episcopal Area. 

The Rev. Daniel Onashuyaka Lunge expresses joy after being elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference, March 18. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah.

The Rev. Daniel Onashuyaka Lunge expresses joy after being elected a United Methodist bishop by delegates at the Congo Central Conference, March 18. Photo by Eveline Chikwanah​, UMNS.

Three Congolese bishops were retiring: Bishop Kainda Katembo, South Congo; Bishop Nkulu Ntanda Ntambo, North Katanga, and Bishop David Yemba, Central Congo.

Lunge, born in Emongo village in Sankuru province, initially became a teacher before studying theology. He served as pastor in Katoka, Kananga, and also served as treasurer for the Congo Central Annual Conference.

Lunge was appointed to different offices in the church including district superintendent of Kinshasa and assistant to the bishop in Kinshasa.

“Improving evangelism will be a priority for me as an episcopal leader. We need to revive the spiritual life of the church,” he said.

“We also need to renovate and build new sanctuaries and parsonages. In some areas, they are still using the old houses built by missionaries many decades ago,” said Lunge.

He expressed gratitude to the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries for sponsoring his studies for a doctorate in Yauonde, Cameroon, and practical theology thesis in Switzerland. 

Lunge is married to Julianne Dembo, and they have seven children.

A consecration service for the three new bishops was held March 19 at Wakadilo Conference Centre, Kamina.

There are seven central conferences in The United Methodist Church — Africa, Central and Southern Europe, Congo, Germany, Northern Europe and Eurasia, Philippines and West Africa.

Northern Europe and Eurasia Central conference re-elected Bishop Christian Alsted last October, the Philippines Central Conference re-elected its three bishops in December and West Africa elected a new bishop for Liberia in December.

Germany elected Bishop Harald Rückert this week, There were no episcopal elections in the Africa Central Conference or Central and Southern Europe.

Chikwanah is a communicator of the Zimbabwe East Annual Conference.
News media contact: Vicki Brown, news editor, newsdesk@umcom.org or 615-742-5469. To read more United Methodist news, subscribe to the free Daily or Weekly Digests. 

Latest News

Wesley’s Chapel makes history relevant today

The Methodist congregation at Bermondsey offers practical assistance and the spirit of Jesus to a diverse community.
Bishop Bruce R. Ough gives his address April 29 at the spring 2018 meeting of the Council of Bishops in Chicago. Photo by Anne Marie Gerhardt, Northern Illinois Conference.

Bishops begin high-stakes deliberations

Council of Bishops president said the church is watching as bishops finalize recommendations aimed at fending off church splits over homosexuality.
Evangelism
Norman Mark (left) and the Rev. Fred Shaw, director of the Native American Course of Study, talk about why it is important for Native pastors to blend traditional language and culture in ministry. Photo by Ginny Underwood, UMNS

Native American Course of Study empowers pastors

Program connects theology course work and Native traditions, helping graduates grow Native congregations.

Sign up for our newsletter!

SUBSCRIBE