Reverend Canon Johnson Twinomujuni has been elected as the 4th Bishop of the West Ankole Diocese replacing Archbishop Stanely Ntagali who has been the acting Bishop taking care of the Diocese whose Bishop Yona Katonene retired in October 2016.
Rev. Johnson was elected by the House of Bishops of the Church of Uganda sitting at Lweza Training and Conference Centre on 20th April 2017. He will be consecrated as a Bishop on May 28th 2017 at St. Peter’s Cathedral Bweranyangi in Bushenyi District.
The Bishopric of West Ankole went into chaos and violence after misunderstandings broke out between Bishop Yona Katonene and the parishioners of Sheema District two years back and since then, the Church of Uganda has been trying to unite the diocese though fragile feelings towards the two parties remained until the retirement of Bishop Yona Katonene. And with the appointment of Rev. Johnson, many see him as a capable Bishop who will bring Unity to the Church of God.
Background and Biography of Canon Johnson Twinomujuni
According to the Church of Uganda website, Rev. Johnson was born in 1968 in Muko, Rwebishekyo, Rwanyamahembe, Kashaari, Mbarara District.
After completing S4, he began full-time ministry as a Youth Worker in Rutooma Archdeaconry, during which time he also completed a Certificate in Theology at Kinoni Divinity College. In 1992 he completed teacher training at Bishop Stuart Core PTC, where he also met his wife, Joy. They were married in 1992 and both began teaching at Rutooma Integrated Primary School.
In 1994, Canon Twinomujuni was admitted to the African Bible College in Malawi where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree, First Class, in Biblical Studies, with a minor in Communications. Upon returning to Uganda, he was ordained a deacon in December 1998, and a priest in December 1999, and returned to Bishop Stuart PTC as a Chaplain, as well as serving Kibingo Parish as their parish priest.
In 2002, Canon Twinomujuni completed a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, USA, and returned to Ankole Diocese to serve as the Diocesan Missions Coordinator. In 2004, he was appointed to Uganda Bible Institute, a theological college he helped establish, and where he currently serves as Principal.
In 2013, Canon Twinomujuni completed his second Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Management from Uganda Christian University.
Canon Twinomujuni has also served as Chaplain at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, a part-time lecturer at Bishop Stuart University, and many other positions of leadership in Ankole Diocese and the Province.
He is married to Joy Twinomujuni and the couple is blessed with six children.