Brief History

St. Joseph of Arimathea ACK Church was started in December 1994 as a daughter Church of St. Andrews Kasarani, Zimmerman.The Church is situated at the Mountain View Estate, a prime residential area. It stands on a two acre plot which had been donated by the late H.N Mwariri in 1993.

Mr. Mwariri approached Rev. Simon Maina from ACK St. Andrews Zimmerman and informed him of his desire to offer the plot to the Church. Rev. Simon immediately shared the good news with the late Archbishop the Most Rev. Manasses Kuria who supported the idea of expanding God’s work in the Mountain View area.

On 20th June, 1993 Christians of St. Andrews Church led by their Vicar Rev. Francis Mwangi together with other clergy Rev. Simon Maina, Rev. John Maina and Evangelist Kimari viewed the plot and consecrated (dedicated) it for God’s work. Archbishop Kuria later named the new Church St. Joseph of Arimathea, giving a brief profile of Joseph of Arimathea of the Bible. On Sunday 17th December 1994, the inaugural service was held.

The Church was envisaged to serve people from Thome, Roysambu, Ngumba, Mountain View and Garden Estates and other adjoining estates. The Church started with a congregation of eight (8) families who came from the neighborhood and conducted their Church service in a “makuti” structure (this was a structure just next to the USIU entrance where students used to have their refreshments).

In December 1995, the Church celebrated its first Anniversary in the completed semi-permanent Church hall (currently referred to as multi-purpose shelter) and elected its first Local Church Council (L.C.C). The LCC was led by Rev. Francis Mwangi assisted by the late Mr. Simon Mwangi Gakinya who had earlier become a Lay Reader. Later the congregation commenced the construction of a permanent church hall after a well attended ground breaking ceremony. The foundation stone was laid by the Most. Rev. Manasses Kuria. In January 1999, the Church became a Parish with Rev. Fredrick Muchiri Kibaki becoming its first Vicar. The Church grew rapidly establishing several departments: KAMA, Mothers Union, Children, Youth and Development.

The completed Church hall was later opened in the year 2000 by the Most Rev. David Gitari. A Sunday School Block was built and was opened in the year 2002 by the Most. Rev. David Gitari.

The rapid growth in population within the neighborhood necessitated the congregation to plan for a bigger sanctuary to accommodate the growth. In addition,a daughter Church St. Barnabas was started in Marurui in 2003 to serve that area and parts of Ngomongo and Windsor Estate.