History of the Diocese
The Anglican Diocese of Kitale is one of the dioceses in the Anglican Church of Kenya and is situated in the North-Western part of Kenya bordering Uganda to its Western side. The diocese covers two administrative Counties, namely; Trans-Nzoia and West Pokot, as well as parts of ElKeiyo Marakwet and Bungoma Counties, specifically, Marakwet and Mt. Elgon respectively. It borders the following Anglican dioceses: Nakuru, Maralal, Eldoret, Maseno North and Bungoma.
Kitale diocese was created on 1st July 1997 after being curved off from the larger Diocese of Eldoret. The enthronement service of the first Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Stephen Kewasis Nyorsok, was held on the Sunday, 20th July 1997 at the Kitale A.S.K. Showground. This occasion was graced by people of all walks of life including dignitaries led by the incumbent President of Kenya, Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi. The diocese held its first session of the Synod on 24th to 26th August 1997, at the Bishop Muge Conference Centre, Kibagenge, Kitale.
The diocese has grown through its 21 years of history. Thus, at its inception, the diocese had twenty (20) parishes, 4 missionary areas, and 29 clergymen in full-time service. And today, the diocese of Kitale has 71 parishes and 4 missionary areas in 11 archdeaconries and are served by 93 clergy in full-time service and 18 diocesan staff.