Southern Malawi Partnership
Our relationship with Malawi extends back to the 1960s, when motorbikes were provided for priests to travel to worship centers in rural areas. Today, our partnership is based upon a 2010 companion diocese agreement with the Anglican Diocese of Southern Malawi. We have partnered with the Malawian church to increase its capacity for governance and sustainability. Their diocese now has a professional administrator, laity directed Development Board to oversee and administer projects, and a Development Officer to direct projects.
Bishop Alinafe Kalemba
was consecrated the second bishop of Southern Malawi in October, 2013. The Bishop was born May 7, 1067 and is a Nyanja by tribe. He comes from Msamala Village in the Nkhota-kota district. Baptized in the Anglican tradition in 1973, he was confirmed in 1981 and served as Anglican Student Warden at Nkhota-kota Secondary School where he was also Deputy Head Boy.
Selected to Malawi Polytechnic to study engineering, he withdrew in the second year to seek ordained ministry. He was well known for his religious Chichewa poetry recitals at youth gatherings while studying at the Polytechnic. He enrolled at Zomba Theological College and graduated in 1993, ordained as a deacon and served at All Saints in Thyolo district. He was ordained priest in 1994 at St. Paul's Cathedral in Blantyre. Following his theological training, Bishop Kalemba graduated from Chancellor College with a BA in theology and served at Ndirande, Likwenu and Balaka parishes. He received a masters in theological research from Durham University in 2000. He became the Bishop's Chaplain in 2001 where he worked at the diocesan center and as rector for South Lunzu Parish in Blantyre.
In 2005, Bishop Kalemba became the founding dean of the Anglican Council of the Malawi Theological College and was named a Canon at St. Paul's the same year. He later sered as a member of the Mission and Evangelism department of Malawi Council of Churches and served twice as chair of the Pastor's Fraternals in Blantyre and as chair of the Board of Theological Studies for the University of Malawi.
Bishop Kalemba is married to Mercy Chikonda and they have two daughters, Mphatso and Alinane. Mercy is a teacher and holds an education degree from the University of Malawi.