Ugandan Pastor Winston Mukasa Learns through TEL

September 26, 2012
Author: 
Laurie Isenberg, Director of Community & Continuing Education

PSR’s Theological Education for Leadership (TEL) program welcomes our first international student, Winston Mukasa, a young minister and musician from Uganda.  Winston is a pastor at the Mavuno Church (www.mavunochurch.org) in Kampala, an exciting ministry extending the good news of the Gospel to those who beyond the traditionally churched.  Their motto is, “Turning Ordinary People into Fearless Influencers of Society.”

Winston is currently enrolled in the “Thinking Theologically” course, taught by Rev. Dr. Jay Johnson.  In his introduction to the other class members, Winston says about himself:
“Music has always been my passion since childhood. Sharing God's word through song is my call. My desire for music was born and nurtured through listening to local rhythms and tunes in the motherland and also songs of international R&B and hip-hop artists of the time mainly in the early 90’s. A major turning point came in 1998 when I committed my life to the Lord, and joined Makerere Full Gospel Church.  There I started ministering in the Mass choir and Worship team, and later on became a Praise and Worship Leader.  This opportunity opened me up to a world of music-writing.”

Winston has worked, traveled and led worship in U.S. with "The Hope for Africa Children's Choir" (http://hopeforafricachildrenschoir.org/)  a project of the East African Conference of the United Methodist Church, since 2007 and in 2008 toured US for 4 months also again in 2009 for 6 months. His life was greatly inspired by these children. Winston says, “it was a timely encounter with God using his own- the little children”. He desires to continue helping needy children like these and many others that God will bring his way. Winston Mukasa recorded and produced a 10-track Album called the “Rise Project” together with Uganda's best producer of this age Sam Namatiti at his studio Black Smith Records.  This is an album that will lift up your heart, soul and spirit. Winston prays that it will encourage the child in every one.

In 2011 he did internship in Nairobi, the Discovery Africa Program, a one year leadership training program hosted at Mavuno Church.  When he finished his internship, he was commissioned back to his country as a Pastor in training in a new church plant at Mavuno Church Kampala.  During Winston’s free time, he is currently working on a new project called Kilungi [So Good], a soothing Afro-beat album which encourages the listeners to embrace God's goodness around us all.  In addition to using music as his mainstream tool of delivery of God's message,  Winston says “ he desires to equip himself further so that he can reach his dream of teaching God's word wherever he goes” thus the start of his journey here at Pacific School of Religion. “

We are indeed grateful that Winston has chosen PSR to enhance his ministry skills.  He has already demonstrated the power of his commitment to this journey as joining the live sessions requires him to rise at around 3 am Kampala time.  His participation also broadens the definition of “Community” education and enables us to experience the possibilities available through this new distance learning opportunity. For more information about the TEL program, go to www.psr.edu/tel  or contact Rev. Ann Jefferson at 510/849-8284 or ajefferson@psr.edu.