Meet the ECLF Executive Director – Bishop Emeritus Dr. Ambrose Moyo
Bishop Ambrose Moyo is the founder and Executive Director
of the Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum. In 1978 he
graduated with an MTh, MA and PhD in the Study of Religion
from the Harvard University Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences in 1978. Prior to that he had served as a pastor in
the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rhodesia for three years
after which he got a scholarship to Harvard.
Upon his return from America, he was appointed lecturer in
the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the
University of Botswana and also served as Tutor in the
Faculty of Arts. Bishop Moyo then returned to Zimbabwe to
take a position as Lecturer and later Senior Lecturer at the
University of Zimbabwe in the Department of Religious
Studies, Classics and Philosophy for 15 years.
During that period period he served as department chairman for five years, and also served as External Examiner for several universities in the region including the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, University of Swaziland, Makumira Theological College (Tanzania) among others.
Bishop Moyo has co-authored several books including
Church and State in Zimbabwe (Mambo Press) and Theology
and the Black Experience (Fortress Press) and numerous
scholarly articles in several journals. He has also been very
much involved in the work of the Lutheran World Federation, chairing several standing committees and commissions such as The International Anglican Lutheran Commission and the Advisory Committee on Theological Education in Africa. Bishop was the General Secretary of the Conference of African Theological Institutions (CATI) for five years.
He was appointed Executive Director of the Lutheran
Communion in Southern Africa in 2002, a body that brought
together Lutheran Churches in the 10 Southern Africa
countries which he served until end of 2009. Bishop Moyo is
a person who has a passion for peacebuilding and for
working in communities. He remains a pastor, a scholar, an
administrator and a visionary leader who commands an
enormous amount of respect in his Church and in