Rev Bosco Katsala, can you introduce yourself to this blog?
My name is Kensley Bosco Katsala. I was born on 31 August 1970 in Blantyre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the third son of Ned and Veronica. It was in 1995 when I was working as a teacher in Lilongwe, that I heard God’s call to the holy ministry. The same year I applied for theological training but I was not taken. In 2001, I re-applied, this time I was accepted and started training at Zomba Theological College. I am married to Lyness Kuipa of Majomeka village in Lilongwe and God has blessed us with five children, three daughters and two sons. Since my ordination in 2006, I have served five Nkhoma Synod congregations. I am now serving at Thupa CCAP in north-west Kasungu.
What prompted you to apply for the new MTh course at Zomba Theological University?
I decided to apply for the MTh programme in order to increase the scope of my theological understanding. I believe the course will equip me to teach and preach the Word of God with confidence and serve the Lord’s flock professionally. Through the MTh programme, my mind has been opened to new ideas which have changed me greatly in terms of dealing with people at grassroots level.
How has been your experience of the course so far?
My stay at ZTU has been wonderful. We have very dedicated, compassionate, brilliant, understanding, considerate, encouraging and, above all, loving and hard-working lecturers. Any time we have a problem which needs their attendance and assistance they are always present to help us. The challenging part is our struggle to meet the financial challenges we are facing in terms of fees, accommodation and meals at the University.
What are your hopes for the future if you can complete the MTh degree?
My hope for the future is bright. The studies we are taking here in Church History, Biblical Studies and ContextualTheology will help me to serve the people in my Synod and beyond, in a holistic way.