The Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) 20th General Assembly has taken place from January 22-28, 2017 at the Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa Ethiopia.
The Church has elected Rev. Yonas Yigezu to be a President of the church.
President-elect Rev. Yonas Yigezu 55, is currently serving at the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus Central Office as Director for Mission and Theology in Addis Ababa. He was candidate for the leadership position of the church at the 10-13 August council held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
The incumbent, President Rev. Dr. Wakseyoum Idosa has led the church since January 2009. Rev. Dr. Idosa is also president of LUCCEA of which the EECMY is a member.
“I am very happy that the unity of the church has been maintained and growth has been recorded during the last 8 years. The participation of the EECMY in spreading the gospel nationally and internationally has increased. I will continue to serve the church in all my capacity” Rev. Dr. Idosa said, following the election.
Out of 446 voting members of the EECMY 274 chose President-elect Rev Yonas Yigezu. The church’s highest governing body also elected Rev. Dr KirosLakew (President of the Addis Ababa Synod) as Vice President of the Church and Mr. Bacha Ginaas Treasurer to serve for the coming four years term.
“God is calling me into a challenge but for enormous blessing ahead. I am team builder and prayer warrior. I see my success in this” Rev. Yonas Yigezu said.
Rev. Yonas pursued his early education in Horest Spinnings Junior Secondary School in Challia, Wollega and Ghimbi High School. He then studied in Westhill College, England where he took his advanced diploma in Church Management and in Manchester University where he earned his bachelor’s in Development Management policy and MA in Management and Economic Policy. He did his Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary. Currently he is pursuing his PHD in Concordia Theological Seminary, USA. He was ordained in 2006 in West Wollega Bethel Synod, Danbidolo.
Rev. Yonas and his wife Ayantu Dufera have four children.
The EECMY became a national church in 1959 and joined the LWF in 1957. According to the 2016 statistics, the Church has 8,564 congregations and 8,310,129 members.
The General Assembly was a very peaceful meeting.