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OUR TEAM

This is the dedicated staff team that makes FOCUS who we are

Simon Kande

National Director

Joseph Namutala

Finance and Administration Director

Joseph Opanda Namutala is the Finance and Administration Director and Campus Ministry Facilitator of UoN Parklands and Lower Kabete Campuses and Utalii College. Joseph graduated with Bsc. Physics from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He joined Short Term Experience in Ministry (STEM) and he was based at Njoro Campus of Egerton University. He thereafter went to Norway for ten months where he worked with Christian Students in one of the Universities. After coming back from Norway in June 2008, Joseph worked as a volunteer with the 2008 Commission Conference Desk until February 2009. He joined the staff team as a Campus Ministry Facilitator in April 2009. He was the Commission 2011 Conference Deputy Director. He is married to Ruth Muthoni and they have two sons.

Ezekiel Baraza

Deputy National Director

Ezekiel is a graduate of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT) with a Bachelor in Computer Technology. He served in STEM Program at Moi University before becoming a Campus Ministry Facilitator in September 2009. Ezekiel is married to Joy Nabulumbi.

Grace Kinyua

Associates Ministry Director

Grace Ndirangu- Kinyua is a graduate of Moi University in Applied Statistics with computing. She served as STEM Staff for KTTC and St. Paul’s University in 2011/2012 and later proceeded for the NKSS Exchange program (2012/2013) in Norway. She also serves as the regional coordinator for Northern Nairobi region, as well as CMF for Thika and Murang’a CUs. Currently, she serves as the Associates Ministry Director. “I believe that students’ ministry is very strategic in impacting the society. My life was greatly impacted by FOCUS staff. I believe serving in FOCUS gives me an opportunity to make an impact among students I interact with.”

Pauline Kachinja

Resource Mobilization Director

Peter Kimeu

Corporate Affairs and Partnerships Director

Peter Kimeu is the Corporate Affairs and Partnerships Director and the Campus Ministry Facilitator at the University of Nairobi (Parklands Campus) He served in other positions in FOCUS including the STEM Coordinator, Regional Coordinator Pwani Region and as a STEM staff 2009-2010 based in Medical School and Kenya Polytechnic University College. He is a BEd (Mathematics and Physics) graduate from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST). Post Graduate Diploma in Theology (JETS), A+, N+ and CIP from IAT He had a one-year stint at the Institute of Advanced Technology ( IAT), Thika Road Campus before rejoining the FOCUS staff in 2012. He is married to Phoebe Misente.

Cephas Ndegwa

Students Ministry Director

Mercy Waithera

STEM Coordinator

Ben Birgen

Discipleship and Leadership Coordinator

Ben Birgen is a graduate of Maseno University in Pharmaceutical Science with Information Technology. He is CMF in the Central Rift region and works with Christian Unions in Narok, Nakuru, Naivasha and Nyahururu. He served as STEM Staff for UoN Kikuyu Campus in 2014/2015, and later as the first STEM Staff for Maasai Mara University CU in 2015/2016. “My greatest motivation in students ministry is the amazing love of God towards humanity, it is my desire that I should lead many to Christ, to equip many to Christ-likeness and to open the eyes of many students to the amazing love of God that has set us free from sin thus we have received a new life in God as new creation.”

Issa Thuo

Digital Media Strategist Officer

Issa Gachanja is a graduate of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Nairobi. He joined FOCUS for the 2016/2017 STEM year. He served as STEM Staff in Central Rift Region for Egerton University Njoro Campus and Rift Valley Institute for Science and Technology. Afterwards, between 2017/2018, he was on the FOCUS/NKSS exchange program in Norway. Currently, he is serving as the Assistant Missions and Evangelism Coordinator. He is also the CMF for the Cooperative University of Kenya and other Christian Unions in Karen. “I believe that Student ministry is strategic in global evangelism because of the diversity of students and the likely impact they are to have in society during and after their years in school.”

Evans Karanja

Missions and Evangelism

Evans Karanja is currently the Missions and Evangelism Coordinator and the Campus Ministry Facilitator (CMF) for University of Nairobi main and Chiromo Campuses’ Christian Unions. He joined FOCUS in 2010 as the STEM Staff for Moi University- College of Health Sciences and the School of Law Christian Unions. In 2011-2012 he was a FOCUS Exchange Participant to Norway. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi in Agriculture (Crop Protection) and holds a diploma in Cross Cultural Communication and International work from Hald International Center, Norway. “If I can inculcate godly values in them, mentor them and challenge them to address societal problems from a biblical perspective, I have hope of a morally upright society. For this reason, I find joy in serving here at FOCUS Kenya.”

Fredrick Abuya

Research and Publications Officer

Fredrick Abuya joined FOCUS Kenya in 2012 as STEM Staff for UoN Kikuyu Campus, Africa International University and Presbyterian University of East Africa Christian Unions. He later served for 2 years as CMF in Pwani Region then moved to Nairobi for his current role. He is the Assistant Research and Publications Officer as well as CMF in the Southern Nairobi Region. “My motivation in student ministry is a desire to see young people in institutions of higher learning trained, mentored and ‘discipled’ to become salt and light in our society.” Fredrick is a graduate of Moi University in Agricultural Biotechnology.

Josephine Ndung'u

Northern Nairobi

Josphine joined the FOCUS Staff team in 2015 as the STEM Staff for University of Nairobi main and Chiromo Campuses. Afterwards she served as the STEM Administrator and STEM Staff for Kenya Technical Trainers College and as the CMF for Kisii and Kericho CUs. Currently, she is the FOCUS Northern Nairobi Regional Coordinator. “I believe there's a lot of hope in students, and if I want to see a better country and world, there is a great need for me to shape the student's life, values, perspective and character.” Josphine is a graduate of Karatina University in Business Management - Procurement Option

Charles Otieno

Pwani Region

Charles Otieno Ondiek holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST). In 2015/2016 he served in Pwani Region as STEM Staff based in Kilifi. He later joined the FOCUS team in August 2018 as CMF for MMUST, KMTC Kakamega, Bukura Agricultural Training College, Kibabii University and Kibabii Diploma Teachers Training College among others in the Western Region. He is married to Rose Tracy Otieno. “My greatest motivation in students’ ministry is the desire to see the lives of students transformed for the glory of God in terms of discipleship and mentorship. This will help them develop Godly convictions and lead lives that has eternal value. This is because my life was transformed while in campus. I was discipled, trained and mentored to who I am today

Edward Ngugi

Central Rift

Edward Ngugi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Statistics with Computing. He joined FOCUS in June 2014 as CMF. He currently serves as the Regional Coordinator for Central Rift Region as well as CMF for Egerton University (Njoro and Nakuru Town Campuses), Kabarak University; Laikipia University and JKUAT Nakuru campuses. His motivation in student ministry is the joy of seeing students grow from one level to another as a result of his interactions with them. Edward is married to Teresia Njeri.

Jacob Gathuita

Southern Nairobi

Jacob Gathuita joined FOCUS 2014 as STEM Staff for Machakos and Daystar Universities. Later, he served as the STEM administrator and CMF based in Nairobi. He later moved to the Pwani region where he served as CMF for CUs in Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale Counties. He currently serves as the Regional Coordinator Southern Nairobi Region He holds a bachelors degree in Education Arts (Geography and Kiswahili) from the University of Nairobi. He is married to Ann Wanjiru and together serve the Lord. “My greatest motivation in students’ ministry is that it is God’s work and It is strategic in nature.”

Steve Kioko

Western Region

Steve Kioko is currently the Western Region coordinator. He joined the FOCUS staff team as STEM Staff for Moi University Main campus and Baraton University Christian Unions. After serving as STEM Staff, he was a missionary in Norway through the NKSS program. Steve works with the Christian Unions of JOOUST, Maseno University main campus, and the rest in Bondo& Kisumu. Kioko’s motivation in student ministry is seeing the CU and her members being salt and light on campus and beyond. And the holistic growth that takes place in students in campus and beyond. Steve Kioko is a graduate of Kenyatta University in Gender and Development Studies. He also holds a diploma in Cross Cultural Communication from Hald Internasjonale Senter.

Japheth Rwoti

Mt. Kenya Region

Japheth Rwoti is the Regional Coordinator for Mt. Kenya Region. He serves Christian Unions in Nyeri, Karatina, Othaya, Kirinyaga, Embu, Chuka, Meru and Maua. He joined FOCUS Kenya in 2014 as STEM Staff for Nyeri Christian Unions. He later served as CMF for Nyeri, Karatina, Othaya and Kirinyaga Christian Unions before becoming the regional coordinator for the region. “Student ministry is a privilege to impact young men and women who are from everywhere. What they will become in society; have no idea.” He is a graduate of Egerton University in Bsc. Manufacturing Engineering.

Everton Kataka

North Rift Region

Peter Parsimiti

John Njoroge

Northern Nairobi

John Ndung'u Njorgoe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Kenyatta University (KU). In 2015/2016 he served in Norhtern Nairobi Region as STEM IT based in Kasarani. He later joined the FOCUS team in February 2019 as ICT Officer and CMF for Murang'a CUs. He is married to Sharon Ndung'u.

Clement Babu

Kennedy Kamau

Caleb Lemayan

Western Region, Kisii Town

Caleb served on STEM 2017/2018 before being seconded to NKSS for ten months from August 2018 to June 2019. Caleb is a graduate of University of Nairobi, Upper Kabete Campus, where he studied Leather Technology. While there, he served in various positions, eventually serving as the CU Chairman. He also served as the RSEC Chairman for Southern Nairobi Region.

Samuel Maina

Mt. Kenya Region, Meru Town

Samuel served on STEM 2017/2018 in Kitui CUs and a second term (2018/19) based in Taveta CUs. Samuel studied at Laikipia University, where he took BSc in ICT. He also served as the CU chairman and RSEC Chairman for Central Rift Region.

Daniel Njumbi

Joy Ndung'u

Priscilla Etale

CBD CUs

Priscilla graduated from Kenyatta University with B.Ed (Arts – English/Literature) in 2016. She has served in STEM for 2 terms (2017/18 in Central Rift and 2018/19 in the Headquarters).

Pauline Waweru

Southern Nairobi

Collins Ketere

Collins joined FOCUS Kenya in August 2016, a position he served in for two terms, first in the Mt. Kenya region and the second in Pwani Region. He is currently serving in the Mt. Kenya region as CMF for Christian Unions in Embu, Chuka and Meru. Collins draws his motivation for student ministry from the call to love God with all his heart and to make disciples for Him. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Education (Arts) from Egerton University.

Doris Wambui

Executive Assistant

Doris Gatwiri

Accountant

Caroline Gatwiri

Mombasa CUs

Grace Mutheu

TUK and KUSOL

Derek Odhiambo

Muranga CUs

Regina Kariuki

Main UON and Chiromo

Susan Kathure

Kitale CUs

Sylvia Mutinda

STEM Admin

Loise Nduku

Univeristy of Eld North Rift Region

Yvonne Wangui

STEM Bondo CUs

Melody Nafula

Nairobi CBD CUs and Non Residence

David Mburu

Karatina CUs

James Omongo

Kikuyu CUs

Martin Mwathi

KU Main and Ruiru Campus Cus

Praise Owuor

MMUST CU

Sharia Athuman

JKUAT

Thomas Mwendwa

Upper Kabete

Desmond Odhiambo

Moi Uni Annex and CHS

Joel Kariuki

Kitui Cus

Elijah Kovo

North Coast CUs

Cynthia Kebenei

Embu and Kirinyaga CUs

Jeremiah Kaigwara

Egerton Njoro

Diborrah K Ombuna

Dedan Kimathi and Kagumo TTC

Peter Omweri

Laikipia University

Lucy Nafula

Maseno

Samuel Nyamgeroh

South Coast CUs

Victor Barasa

KIbabii CUs

Ann Njoki

STEM CD

Blessed Faith

STEM Resource and Thika CUs

Eric Burudi

Rongo University

Damaris Ronoh

Lower Kabete n Parklands CUs

Kofi Annan

UON Med school and Kenya Science

Jessica Gitonga

Nakuru TOWN CUs

Naeku Mercy

Taita Taveta and Voi CUs

Rose Maigua

Kisii University and KMTC Kisii

Walter Wanjala

Masai Mara and Bomet Cus

Edda Mueni

STEM CD

David Muraya

Moi Uni and Kabsabet CUs

Evance Auma

Univeristy of Kabianga

Joshua Maina

Daystar and Machakos

Kevin Kwalanda

Kisumu Town

Seth Kitui

Coop University and Karen CUs

Peter Musembi

Chuka Universitiy

Peter Dickens

Meru CUs and Kemu

SImiyu Nalianya

STEM IT and Garissa CU
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