The Mpwapwa and Rochester Diocesan link was formed in 2005, during a visit led by Rev Canon David Kitley to both Mpwapwa and Kondoa Dioceses.

The Diocese is part of the Anglican Church of Tanzania (ACT) and a member of the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT). 

The current Bishop is the Rt Rev Jacob Chimeledya, who also served as Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Tanzania from 20013-May 2018.  His wife, Mwezwa, is President of the Mothers’ Union in the Diocese.

Our current links

There are a number of schools and churches who have direct links with parishes and projects in Mpwapwa.

Trinity School, Belvedere

Queen Esther’s Girls Boarding School, Chamuhawi

Bennett Memorial School, Tunbridge Wells

Mwanakianga Secondary School, Mpwapwa

Bidborough Village, St Lawrence Parish & Primary School

St Matthew’s, Kibaigwa and community

St Mark’s Bromley

St Philip’s Theological College, Kongwa

Holy Trinity Crockham Hill

Crockham Hill Primary School

St Michael’s, Kongwa

Mwkala Primary School, Kongwa

St Mary’s Hadlow

Hadlow Primary School & Scout Group

Church of Christ the King, Kibakwe

St Barnabas, Istead Rise

St John’s, Iyenge

All Saints Orpington

Chitemo + Nyhinila


Chitemo + Nyhinila

St Peter & Paul Shoreham +Shoreham Primary School

St Michael’s Prep School, Otford

St Joseph’s, Chunyu

Chunuy Primary and Secondary Schools

St Stephen Tonbridge

STEPS + Toddler Group

Bishop Chavasse School

Matongoro + 9 communities through CCMP

Nolini Primary School

Matongoro Primary School

In addition, individuals bless Mpwapwa Diocese with their time, skills and resources.

Many of the linked parishes and schools visit Mpwapwa annually.  Both Diocesan Bishops are committed to the link, and visit each other’s Dioceses.  Each link develops in a unique way.  All these links are overseen by the Mpwapwa Companion Diocese Group.  Click here to download the Mpwapwa Handbook.

You can learn more about Mpwapwa here, or visit Mpwapwa Diocese’s own website

For the latest update click here for the Mpwapwa Bulletin

For the previous update click here for the Mpwapwa Bulletin and click here to read Bethan White’s article.

How can you get involved?

  1. Become a friend of Mpwapwa and receive prayer requests and news updates
  2. Form a link between your parish and a parish in Mpwapwa
  3. Consider sharing your skills and experience to service those in Mpwapwa
  4. Provide financial support to Mpwapwa Diocese. Diocesan priorities are: 
  • Queen Esther’s School, provision of 3 science labs and a hostel
  • St Luke’s Health Centre, 2 additional wards needed
  • On-going repairs to Diocesan vehicles
  • Provision of computers for Diocese, CCMP roll out, and schools
  • General Fund to be used at the discretion of the Bishop of Mpwapwa

Simply send a donation, clearly marked, using the official Donation Form.

Please contact Stephen Barbor, Chair of the Mpwapwa Companion Diocese Group at or on 01732 357985 for further information

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