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Dandala New South Africa Bishop

Date 30 May 1996 18:12:27

"UNITED METHODIST DAILY NEWS" by SUSAN PEEK on Aug. 11, 1991 at 13:58 Eastern,

Note 2983 by UMNS on May 30, 1996 at 16:28 Eastern (2573 characters).

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CONTACT:  Thomas S. McAnally                       269(10-71){2983}
          Nashville, Tenn. (615) 742-5470              May 30, 1996

Methodist Church of Southern Africa
elects Dandala presiding bishop

     DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA (UMNS) -- A widely-known expert in
conflict resolution and an internationally acclaimed evangelist has
been elected head of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa.
     The Rev. Mvume Dandala, 44, will assume his position as
presiding bishop at the end of 1997.  He will succeed the Rev.
Stanley Mogoba who has held the position since 1988.
     Dandala's election came May 24 when all 13 synods of the
church voted simultaneously.  Running second in the balloting was
the Rev. Peter Storey.
     The Methodist Church of Southern Africa has more than 1.2
million members and twice that number of constituents.
     Dandala holds a master's degree from Cambridge University in
England.  Known for his dynamic preaching, Dandala is the Southern
Africa secretary for World Methodist Evangelism program related to
the World Methodist Council.
     The Rev. H. Eddie Fox, Nashville, Tenn., World Director of
Evangelism for the World Methodist Council, expressed joy at
Dandala's election.  "I have known Mr. Dandala for the past decade
and have worked very closely with him.  He is committed to
spreading the good news of Christ around the world.  I have heard
him declare again and again that in Christ Africa can have life in
all its fullness and through Christ there can be the healing of the
     Dandala was the first black minister to serve a multi-racial
congregation when he was a pastor in Empangeni from 1978 to 1982. 
He is now pastor of the largest interacial Methodist congregation
in South Africa.
     He became known for his expertise in conflict resolution in
the 1980s at the height of racial conflict in South Africa.  In
1985 he was detained for 10 days after the declaration of a state
of emergency.
     In various conflicts throughout the country he has been called
on to mediate and work for non-violent solutions.
     Dandala and his wife Pumzile have two children.
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