Melkizedeck Joel Mbilinyi

Rev. Melkizedeck Joel Mbilinyi, from Tanzania and I belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania - Konde Diocese (ELCT-KOD). I am married to Enelita Yakileni Mbilinyi. We are blessed with four children, Frida, Frank, and the twins Felister and Fred. I served as the Director of Education and Coordinator of the Theological Education by Extension (TEE) of the (ELCT-KOD), till 2012.

I attended Makumira University College (Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.)), and Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Master of Sacred Theology (STM)). Presently I am a PhD candidate at Tumaini University Makumira. Beginning this September, I have been invited for a 6 months exposure study at the Academy of Mission at the University of Hamburg.

The proposal title of my dissertation is: "Effect of Pastoral Care in Contemporary African Society: With Special Reference to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania - Konde Diocese: Gaining Confidence in Life of Widows: A New Model of Pastoral Care."