Church Planter – Eldoret, Kenya
Naphtally has been involved in church planting since 1975 when he was a part of establishing Trinity Baptist Church in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a BA in Theology from Wales Evangelical School of Theology in Brynterion, Wales. He and his wife Helida and their two children are involved in Grace Baptist Church in Eldoret, north of Kisumu.
Testimony of Conversion
I was born in 1954 to a religious family. My mother is a Christian and is still living, while my father died in 1991. The religion of my parents only made me a hypocrite. Early in 1971, in my first year at secondary school during a "Challenge Weekend," God used Gospel preaching to show me that I was not prepared to meet Him in judgment. On the same day, He opened my eyes to see my desperate need of Christ Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I repented of my sins and put my whole trust in the Lord Jesus Christ to save me. From that day, I began to experience peace with God, a growing desire to please Him, and an increasing hatred for sin. My wife’s name is Helida and we have two children, Tim (who also has made a profession of faith) and Liz.
Call to Ministry
When the Lord saved me, He put within me a desire for His Word. This desire was not just for personal reading and study of the Scriptures; there was a growing longing to teach and preach. In 1975, I met Pastor Keith Underhill in Kenya. Together, we started Trinity Baptist Church in Nairobi and in 1984 I joined him in the eldership. Between 2003 and 2004, I attended Wales Evangelical School of Theology in Brynterion, Wales for BA in Theology. I worked with Trinity Baptist Church until September 2006 when I left Nairobi for Eldoret, about 350 kilometers north, due to a family illness. I now pastor a new congregation called Grace Baptist Church Eldoret.