H.G Bishop Athanasius Akunda was born Amos Akunda in Kenya in 1971. He was the eldest of six children whose father is a theologian from St. Tikhons Theological Seminary. He became Orthodox at the age of 8 after his parents converted to Orthodoxy. He attended Makarios III Seminary in Kenya and graduated with a Diploma in Theology followed by a Masters of Divinity at Holy Cross School of Theology. He graduated with a Doctor of Divinity from the International Institute of Church Management and a Doctor of Theology from the University of South Africa. He also completed a Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in Education Management at the India Institute of Management, and a Certificate in teaching English as a foreign language at the Cambridge Institute of English Language in Boston. H.G Bishop Athanasius Akunda worked in African literature, Christian religious education, Social education and Ethics at Ebukhaya High School, Ebusiloli High School and Ngoro Orthodox High School in Kenya. He held the position of Catechist in Western Kenya, and Secretary in the office of the Archbishopric of Kenya. He was ordained as a Deacon in Kenya in 1998 by His Eminence Archbishop Seraphim and later on ordained as a Priest at Pantanassa Church in 2002.
In 2010 at the Church of St. Athansios in Benoni, on the feast day of that church, he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite by His Eminence Archbishop Damaskinos. He has served as the Parish priest at St. Seraphim in Soshanguve and at St. Raphael, Irene and Nicholas in Yeoville, Johannesburg. He was also Dean and lecturer at Petros VII seminary. He was the parish priest at St. Nicholas of Japan from 2009 to 2015. Other positions he has held include Director of missions from 2003 to 2008 and Vicar in charge of missions since 2010. Bishop Athanasius Akunda has represented the Patriarchate of Alexandria at the World Council of Churches, and the All African Conference of Churches. He left St. Nicholas to serve at the Patriarchal Seminary “Makarios III” in Nairobi, Kenya, in May 2015. He was appointed by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Nairobi as the Director of missions and lecturer at St. Makarios Seminary in cultural anthropology, pathology and teleturgics. He was elevated to Episcopal throne of Kisumu and All western Kenya on 24th of November 2015.
Comment…A humble servant of God who puts the love of others with the compassion of Christ above all else.
A big loss to the Orthodox church. May God rest his soul in eternal peace
My condolence to the entire abemba family and abakhubi sub location .I remember when you come in 2015 you bought me lunch at mama oliech dangoreti.may his soul rest in internal place.