Rev. Canon Moses Matonya was born on September 25, 1964 in Ikowa village in Dodoma Tanzania, being the third born out of five children of Rosemary. His father, Matonya Makunzo, passed away in 2006 leaving three wives and nineteen children. Rev. Moses has been a full time ordained minister with the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika in Dodoma since November 1993. He is married to Ruth and they are blessed with five children, three daughters and two sons. Currently, he is doing a Ph.D at Liverpool Hope University.
His journey on formal education began in January 1974. He did the seven years of primary education at Ikowa Primary School. From January 1981 to July 1985 he went through Mzumbe Secondary School in Morogoro and Umbwe High School in Moshi, Tanzania while from June 1987 to June 1988 he served in the National Service.
From June 1988 to 1991, Rev. Can. Matonya worked as an Evangelist in his village. In January 1991 he joined a three year theological course, leading to a Diploma, at St. Philip’s College, Kongwa. He was ordained deacon by Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika on December 5, 1993. After the ordination, he was posted to a full-time ministry as vicar of Kigwe Parish. On May 22, 1994 he was consecrated as priest before being transferred to Kondoa where he became a principal of the Bible School in July 1995.
In September 1996 he joined a two-year programme at the Trinity College in Bristol, England, for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology. In August 1998, he returned to the Diocese of Central Tanganyika, where he was appointed Principal of Msalato Theological College.
In September 2001 he once again went to England to pursue a Master of Arts course in Aspects of Christian Missiology at All Nations Christian College, which he successfully completed in September 2002. After the studies he went back to Msalato Theological College where he continued to work as a Principal.
In March 2004 he became Dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit until July, 2006. In September 2006 he went to Columbus Georgia (USA) for a twelve months study in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). He also served as Chaplain Resident at St Francis Hospital in Columbus during the same period. The programme ended in September 2007 and he returned to Tanzania. He rejoined Msalato Theological College, where he taught and worked as a principal until July 2015.
Before joining CCT, in March 2017, he worked as a full time Assistant Lecturer at St John’s University of Tanzania in the School of Theology and Religious studies (SOTR), while doing a Ph.D. on part time basis with Liverpool Hope University in Liverpool, UK.
- Vocational History
Since becoming ordained in 1993, Rev. Can. Moses Matonya has held the following positions in the Diocese of Central Tanganyika:
- Pastor (rector) of Kigwe Anglican Parish, from December 1993 to July 1995.
- Principal of Kondoa Bible School in Kondoa town, from July 1995 to July 1996.
- Principal of Msalato Theological College in Dodoma, from August 1998 to August 2001 and from September 2001 to March 2004.
- Dean of Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in the Anglican Diocese of Central Tanganyika for two years, from March 2004 to July 2006. He was also an
associate lecturer of Msalato Theological College during this period.
- Principal of Msalato Theological College (second time) from June 2008 to July 2015.
- Assistant Lecturer in the School of Theology of St John’s University of Tanzania from September 2011 to the present in 2016.
- Moses Matonya (2008), Real Power: Jesus Christ’s Authority over the Spirits, (USA: Oasis International )
- Moses Matonya & Phanuel Mng’ong’o (2013), ‘The Anglican Church of Tanzania’, in The Willey-Blackwell Companion to the Anglican Communion edited by Ian Markham, Barney Hawkins IV, (USA: Wiley-Blackwell)
- Papers for workshop
- Moses Matonya, ‘The Protestant Christian in Africa: Is it an Ontological Conflict or Negation of the Reformation Theologies?’ Paper presented on August 12, 2014 at the Conference at Tumaini University Dar es salaam College to celebrate 500 years of Protestant Reformation in the world. The paper discusses what protestant reformation meant to the Europeans of 500 years ago and what it means to a Protestant Christian in Africa today.
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