“It is my joy to share with you today that Bishop John R. Schol has appointed Rev. Willy Mafuta as the new pastor of our congregation. Rev. Mafuta will begin his new responsibilities on July 1st of this year.
As a United Methodist Church we are a part of an appointment system. Our congregation’s staff parish relations committee has met with the district superintendent to identify our congregation’s needs and the needed skills in a pastor. We have also met with Pastor Willy to better get to know him and to ask questions.
Dr. Willy L. Mafuta is a Theologian, social ethicist and scholar of African Religions, migration and globalization. He holds two doctorate degrees, a Th.D in Theology and Ethics, University of South Africa and a Ph.D in Religious Studies ( University of Ottawa, Canada) and a chaplaincy certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education, Level 4 ( University of Iowa). Dr. Mafuta will be joining the faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary as an adjunct professor. He is currently, the senior Pastor at New Hampton UMC, New Hampton, Iowa and serves on the Iowa Conference Antiracism Leadership Team.
He has two adult children, Candy, 20, Danny, 26. He is a College Football fan; He likes hiking and traveling internationally to new places. Dr. Mafuta speaks French and several African languages. Our new pastor will work with us and the conference so that we continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Bishop Schol and the leaders of the Greater New Jersey Conference will work with us to continue to grow as a vital congregation. I know you will join the bishop, our new pastor and me in helping to make new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”