Commissioners' Bio: Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa
Bishop Eben Nhiwatiwa was elected to the episcopacy by the Africa Central Conference, meeting in Johannesburg in 2004. He was, at the time of his election, a longstanding member of the faculty at United Methodist-related Africa University, as well as a highly regarded evangelist.
Bishop Nhiwatiwa has been involved with Africa University in Zimbabwe since its inception. In its planning stages, he hosted site selection and other meetings at Old Mutare Mission, where he served as pastor-in-charge. He joined the staff in the Faculty of Theology in February 1992 to teach pastoral theology.
He served as conference secretary for Zimbabwe Area and as general secretary of the Africa Central Conference before his election to the episcopacy.
Ordained as a deacon in 1974, Bishop Nhiwatiwa studied extensively in Africa and the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goshen College and a master’s and doctoral degrees from Illinois State University. His wife, Greta, is a leading industrial hygiene and safety professional in Zimbabwe. The Nhiwatiwas have one daughter, Nyasha, who is studying at Bennett College in North Carolina.