History and background

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Uhuru Highway Lutheran Cathedral, formerly known as Uhuru Highway Lutheran Church was founded in 1964 just one year after Kenya attained her independence the previous year in 1963 from the British colonial government. The founding father of ELCK, the Rev. Martin Lundstrom had bought the church structure from the Reformed Church which belonged purely to the Dutch community living in Kenya by then.

After the church structure was bought, it was now upon the Rev. Martin and his team to find Lutheran members to worship in the newly bought structure. With support from our Sister church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania, two pastors were seconded who steered the work both in Nairobi and Mombasa cities respectively, the work which saw the church established in these respective cities.

The present sanctuary was built and completed for church use in 1980. It was later dedicated and consecrated for church use by the Rt. Rev. Francis Nyamwaro Onderi and finally dedicated as a cathedral in August 7th 2005 by the Archbishop, Most Rev. Dr. Walter E Omwanza. Currently UHLC is the Arch Diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kenya and seats the Cathedra of the Archbishop.


UHLC holds three services every Sunday; English, Kiswahili and Oromo services respectively. Today, the UHLC have more than 600 baptized and confirmed members and an average of 400 members attend the Divine Service every Sunday. The Cathedral is manned by two full time pastors with the Archbishop remaining the head pastor.


UHLC envisions reaching out into the entire world with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ purely preached and the sacraments rightly administered according to the Word’s of Christ.


Empowered by God’s Spirit through the means of grace, Uhuru Highway Lutheran Cathedral exists to proclaim the Scriptural gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations by providing confessional Lutheran teaching and caring for the well being of the whole person through works of mercy.