The announcement of Bishop Kayinamura’s appointment came during the sixth Free Methodist World Conference, which gathered 105 representatives from across the globe in Rwanda.
Bishop Kayinamura takes over from Bishop Joab Lohara of India, who served in this role for eight years. The four-day conference, held in Kigali, aimed to foster unity and cooperation to expand the congregation.
Additionally, during the same conference, Bishop Keith Cowart, a native of the United States, was elected as the President of the Church’s Council of Bishops, succeeding Bishop Deogratias Nshimiyimana, who held the position for two terms.
Hailing from Gihombo in the Nyamasheke District, Bishop Kayinamura, at the age of 60, has been a devout Christian since his youth.
He received his early education in Gitsimbwe and pursued advanced studies in Theology at the National University of Rwanda in Butare. Later, he continued his studies in South Africa at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, specializing in peace promotion and conflict resolution.
Having embraced the Methodist faith in 1976, he swiftly embraced ecclesiastical responsibilities, ultimately achieving consecration as a Bishop in Rwanda in 2001.
The Free Methodist Church, under the leadership of Bishop Samuel Kayinamura, has been established in Rwanda since 1942 and currently boasts 520,278 devoted members. Furthermore, it is recognized for its prominent educational and healthcare institutions.