Newly ordained pastor left speechless by church’s honour

Busisiwe Zondi

The Bantu Methodist Church of Southern Africa had a big conference service, where they ordained and placed their pastors in their rightful places.

Pastor Mthuthuzeli Xozwa is one of the pastors who was ordained in this church and was formally sworn in, after which he was placed in Macosa.

Pastor Xozwa accepting the certificate from the Presiding Bishop MM Dladla.

Pastor Xozwa was left speechless when the leader of the congregation, Presiding Bishop MM Dladla, honoured him with a certificate. The Bishop honoured him on behalf of the church, thanking him for participating in this year’s Comrades Marathon.

“Brethren, I would like to thank Pastor Xozwa for representing our church. I am a fan and I know the Comrades Marathon is a very tough race. But we are very happy that you put us on the map. You are not the only one who has done something good in this church, there are many of you and I acknowledge you. Keep doing God’s work,“ said Bishop Dladla.

Pastor Xozwa is known as “Mazibethunana“, that is how he talks to people. Apart from being a pastor, he is also a lawyer, and he also works with traditional medicine, as a spiritual advisor.

Bishop Dladla commented on the peculiar nature of the conference. While they were in service, there were reports of the deaths of the family members of some members who were at the conference. They were forced to leave and return to their homes.

The conference was held in Uitenhage in Gqeberha and lasted seven days. It started with a women’s conference then a preachers’ conference and it continued until it ended.

It was the 88th conference held at this church. All the work, including the establishment and settlement of pastors, and the selection of committees, was carried out by Bishop Dladla in collaboration with the Secretary of the conference, Bishop. T.W Ngwenya and the whole team.

The women’s conference and the ordainment of women pastors were made a success by NP Ndlebe and her team.