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Worshipping God in the trash: Bishop Jane Akoth’s leadership in the African Israel Nineveh Church (AINC) in Kenya.

Lecture by Professor Esther Mombo and Heleen Joziasse.

Esther Mombo and Heleen Joziasse present a case study research about the contestations of women leadership in an African Independent Church, located in a semi-formal settlement in Nairobi (Kenya)

The African Israel Nineveh Church is a church whose members live on the edges of the city and worship in iron-plated churches, in spaces with little or no infrastructure. It is in this context that Jane Akoth exercises and negotiates leadership.  

By focusing on an individual woman in a specific denomination, the divergent views of the church teachings and the predominant views about the roles of women and the contestations of Jane Akoth’s leadership are brought to light.

Professor Esther Mombo is a leading feminist theologian in Kenya and abroad. She is a Director of International Partnerships and Alumni Relations at St Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya, and teaches on gender issues, ecumenism, church history, HIV/Aids, Christian-Muslim relations and poverty in Africa.  

Heleen Joziasse is a theologian in The Netherlands who worked between 2009-2014 as lecturer and researcher at St Paul’s University. She is a PhD candidate in the area of Christology and gender at Utrecht University and coordinates a growing network of international churches in The Hague.


Practical information

Date: Thursday 12 December 2019
Time: 16.00 - 17.30 h. drinks afterwards
PThU-Groningen, Oude Ebbingestraat 25, Groningen