Throughout the year, we will notice new faces around campus on occasion. Many of them are Dean’s Scholars visiting the Virginia Theological Seminary from all over the world. One of our recent visitors was the Rev. Canon Moses Matonya from Ikowa village in Dodoma, Tanzania. The purpose of his visit was to finish his dissertation and defend it later this year at the Liverpool Hope University. Although he has departed for home, during his visit here he spent time in the Bishop Payne Library; visited old friends; made new friends; and spent time in the Dean’s office editing his dissertation paper.
Canon Matonya was ordained in 1993 in the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika and currently holds the General Secretary position for the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT). He is married to Ruth and they share five children together—two sons and three daughters.
Canon Matonya is a returning guest of VTS, as he visited in May 2015 to renew our ongoing partnership with Msalato Theological Seminary in Tanzania. This agreement was to strengthen the established relationship between seminaries. At that time he also lived in Georgia for his mandatory Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) and served as the chaplain at St. Francis Hospital. In fact, he visited Georgia two weeks ago to meet old friends while he was here in the United States.
He and I spent time together in prayer as he prepared for his dissertation. I trust he will do well at Liverpool Hope University and I look forward to hearing about his success.