Early in the year 2000, a crucial decision was made by the Elders of the then Nairobi Chapel to relocate to a bigger venue along Ngong road; this followed a rapid increase in numbers relative to the small space available for the church next to the Nairobi University main campus grounds. By the year 2004, grounds had been located and purchased, ready for the big move. The Elders, however felt convicted at the time that what was needed was not a re-location but a multiple church-plant undertaking. Convinced of this, they went ahead to identify five other strategic locations that Nairobi Chapel would plant churches in around the city of Nairobi. These Churches were; Mavuno in South C, Mashariki (East) in Buruburu, Mavuno Downtown (then at Tin-tin restaurant), Covenant Church (then at Hospital Hill Primary), Nairobi Chapel (then at Impala Grounds) and Mamlaka Hill Chapel, the only one to retain its original site at the university.
Pastor Charles Ng’ang’a was invited from Nairobi Baptist Church, where he was serving as the Adults Pastor, to replant Mamlaka and serve as Senior Pastor since all the other Chapel Pastors would be sent out to head the emergent church plants in the five corners of the city. In January 2005, he joined Nairobi Chapel and began a six month preparation for the D- Day; August 5th 2005.
Mamlaka originally met at 12 o’clock at Ufungamano house where barely 80 people would congregate each Sunday for service. In August, when all the other churches moved to their respective venues, Mamlaka moved back to the sanctuary where it is currently located. The numbers immediately swelled to about 300 within the first three months, and by December, we were close to 500!
By 2007, Mamlaka had established herself as a missions-minded church, reaching as far as East Pokot, the slums of Kibera and Korogocho, and Nairobi’s red-light district (Koinange Street) and even Berlin in Germany where a strong youth outreach had began. In 2008, we expanded our mission enterprise by involving more of our congregation and adopting a few more mission fields- Kerarapon and Kisamese became part of our vet and medical mission outreach.
In January of 2010, Mamlaka appointed her very first Elders court to steward the tremendous growth that the church had achieved in the past five years. This marked a milestone of growth as we also celebrated our 5th Anniversary’s since being planted as a unique congregation. Our numbers have now reached in excess of 2000 and still climbing. Sunday school has more than 400 children while all other ministries continue to show strong signs of growth. From five ministries in 2005, we have expanded to sixteen ministries that cater for every category of need and age group; from children, to youth and adults, and includes singles, men and women and college-age students.
We can truly boast in the Lord and say surely, the Lord has been our Ebenezer; thus far he has brought us. To God be the Glory!