KEN’S BIG RETURN HOME
Its been exactly 17 years to the time Reverend Kennedy Mafana Marange preached his last sermon at Cranborne United Methodist Church before he took the long sojourn to the United Kingdom to further the church’s mission in the United Kingdom Mission Area.
Sunday was a special moment for the circuit as Harare East District Superintendent Reverend Oscar Nyasha Mukahanana announced his return to the circuit after almost two decades now as a retired pastor.
Reverend Marange retired from ministry last year after an illustrious 40 year career.
Born in Bocha in a family of nine, Reverend Marange attended several primary schools before going to Hartzell High School in 1969.
His ministry began in 1979 when he was ordained as a deacon by Bishop Ralph Dodge before the late Bishop Abel Muzorewa ordained him yet again.
In four decades, he has served in both Zimbabwe East and West Annual conferences, first at Zimunya North, Dangamvura and St Mark Highfield in his first decade before he was assigned to the head office as a Connectional Ministries and Youth Director for two years.
He was back in the trenches as Old Mutare Mission Pastor In Charge and Station Chairperson before becoming the District Superintendent for Mutoko – Mudzi District between 1993-1999.
A return to the capital saw him hold the same role at Harare West District for two years before coming to Cranborne Circuit for three years, a circuit that traces its genesis from the time he was in charge at Highfield.
For the last 15 years before his retirement, he had been holding fort in the United Kingdom Mission Area.
Besides serving in these missions, he was also secretary and then chairperson for the Board on Ordained Ministries and was a four time delegate to the Central Conference.
He once served in the now defunct African Church Growth and Development as the secretary and was the church representative to the Christian Care in Zimbabwe.
During Cranborne’s Laity celebrations in 2016, the vestry room was named in his honour for his contributions to the birth of the circuit.
A year into his ministry, he met Annah Chikoore, whom she married in 1981 in Dangamvura and have three children, a boy Nyasha Prayer and two girls Jane and Mwazvita, a daughter in law Privilege and two sons in law Nigel and Hillary and Six grandchildren.
Welcome back home!