About the church
“ACK St. Joseph of Arimathea church was started in December 1994 as a daughter church of St. Andrews Kasarani, Zimmerman.It stands on a two acre plot which had been earlier donated by the late H.N Mwariri in 1993.He had acquired a 20 acre piece of land from Mr. Austin, an Australian national who was a C.M.S member in 1965. This being a church member encouraged Mr. Mwariri to purchase the farm; furthermore, he had promised himself that he would one day donate a fraction of land (10%) for church work.He earlier had found another at the current Queen of Apostle but it belonged to the Catholic Church and the price was quite high so he opted for this one. This farm is at the Mountain View Estate.In 1981 the piece of land was subdivided into plots.
St. Andrews church Christians led by the Vicar Rev. Francis Mwangi, Rev. Simon Maina, Rev. John Maina, Evangelist Kimari viewed the plot and consecrated (dedicated) it for God's work.The Archbishop Kuria later named the church St. Joseph of Arimathea giving a brief profile of St. Joseph of Arimathea (of the Bible), he asked all the faithful from the Mountain View areas to start a service on Sunday 17th December 1994.
The church was envisaged to serve the congregation from Thome, Roysambu, Ngumba, Mountain View and Garden Estates.The church started with a congregation of eight (8) families who came from the neighbourhood and conducted their first service in a makuti structure (why? there was no structure) just next to the USIU entrance where students used to have their refreshments.The congregation immediately started to construct a permanent structure at the current site after a well attended ground breaking ceremony (date? By who?).Each church member pledged on what he/ she would contribute towards the church construction, some pledged on stones, others on iron sheets, cement, timber or even cash.This made the construction quite fast to put up with shortest time possible and within a span of one year, the structure was habitable.By December 1995, the church celebrated its first Anniversary in the completed church hall and elected its first Local Church Council (L.C.C) to run the new church which was headed by Rev. Francis Mwangi assisted by the late Mr. Simon Mwangi Gakinya who had earlier become a Lay Reader.
In January 1999, the church became a Parish with Rev. Fredrick Muchiri Kibaki becoming its first Vicar. We should not forget that Rev. Kamba assisted in the modalities of Parish creation a dream cherished by the founder, Mr. Mwariri of the church a year earlier before he passed on 2nd May 1998 and interred next to the Hall.
First time to St Joseph Here’s what you can expect...
We will be ready for your arrival! Any of our four services on Sunday readily welcome visitors. We average 500 people through our doors each Sunday, and many of those are visiting our church family.
You will see people of all ages and stages of life. You will see a variety of attire-from blue jeans to coats and ties. We want our doors to be open to everyone!
If you have questions, feel free to call us at 020 800 1059 or 0724 013 073 or email us.