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Dr. Bill Black

Missionary Serving in Kenya


OCMC Missionary Dr. Bill Black

Dr. Joseph William Black is an OCMC Missionary serving in Nairobi, Kenya under the Omophorion of Archbishop Makarios of Kenya. Bill is a lecturer at Makarios III Patriarchal Orthodox Seminary. He is also Senior Lecturer in History and Theology at St. Paul’s University in Limuru and Nairobi.

Before his conversion to Orthodoxy in 2011, Bill served as a Presbyterian pastor for 22 years and as an Evangelical missionary in Ethiopia and Kenya, teaching in graduate schools of theology. Upon becoming Orthodox, Bill was asked to teach theology at St. Paul's University in Limuru, Kenya. In 2015, Bill became a full-time missionary with OCMC in Nairobi, Kenya. There he taught courses at both the Orthodox seminary and St. Paul's University, as well as assisting the Archbishop with various projects.

In 2018, Bill moved to Kisumu, Kenya to assist His Grace Bishop Athanasius of blessed memory. As well as helping with educational and stewardship programs, Bill also helped establish a new Orthodox parish in Kisumu, St. Moses of Africa Orthodox Church. Bill also preached on a regular basis, both at St. Moses and many other parishes. He was ordained a sub-deacon by Bishop Athanasius in 2019.

Bill has two grown daughters. Linnea, the oldest, is married to William and they have two young sons, James and Jack. They live in Richmond, VA. Caroline, the younger, is married to Will and they have a young daughter, Annelise. They live in Kigali, Rwanda. Bill loves music (he sings, plays the viola and piano). He also likes getting his hands dirty by working in the garden or with plants. And he likes to run.


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