The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Zimbabwe, Reverend Tinashe Artwell Chemvumi has died.
He was 45.
Reverend Chemvumi passed on, on his way to Parirenyatwa Hospital on Tuesday after a short illness.
A funeral service was held at Presbyterian Church in Mbare today and thereafter the body will be taken to Gutu for burial tomorrow.
Reverend Chemvumi was born on the 11th of June 1972 at Zimuto Hospital in Masvingo.
Having completed his primary and secondary education at Mutambara Primary School and Mucheke High School respectively, Reverend Chemvumi sensed a call to serve in ministry as a young member at Masvingo Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa (UPCSA) where he had diligently served in various capacities.
Upon confirmation of his call and completion of a Diploma in Religious Studies jointly awarded by the United Theological College (UTC) and the University of Zimbabwe (UZ), Reverend Chemvumi’s first charge was at Mabvuku UPCSA as a Probationer in 1998.
Two years later, the Presbytery of Zimbabwe (POZ) ordained Reverend Chemvumi and inducted him to serve at Mabvuku, where he went on to serve for four years.
In 2004, he accepted a call from Mbare UPCSA, where he ministered till the time of his passing on.
A keen academic and critical thinker, Reverend Chemvumi furthered his studies and was conferred with a Honours and Masters’ Degree in Practical Theology by the University of Pretoria (UP).
He had exceptional leadership qualities which earned him various roles within the POZ where he served as a member and convenor in a number of committees.
He also served as the Clerk of Presbytery and as an administrator before being elected Moderator designate in February 2014 and was in inducted in October of the same year.
Reverend Chemvumi who becomes the first Moderator to be promoted to glory while in office, was on numerous occasions commissioned by the POZ to the General Assembly (GA), where he served in different committees, including as Convenor of Church in Society.
The POZ assigned him many other roles, including but not limited to serving in Commissions, as Interim Moderator at various congregations, as a delegate to partners of the POZ, including Presbytery of Denver, Church of Scotland and United Reformed Church (URC).
He also supervised many students for ministry and served as the chairperson of the UTC Board of Governors and as the board vice chairperson at the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC).
Reverend Chemvumi is survived by his wife Blantina and two children.