Bishop Mike Coyner ordained Kakez-A-Kapend Christian an Elder as a courtesy for Christian's Bishop Kainda Katembo of the South Congo Area of the Democratic Republic of Congo during the commissioning and ordination service of the North Indiana Conference on May 31, in Elliott Hall of Music.

An open house honoring Christian was held at the Wesley Foundation at noon.

Christian left West Lafayette on June 25. After spending a month in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe, he will return to Dallas, Texas, for seminary. He will be working on a Master of Arts Degree at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology in Homiletics/Preaching and plans to receive a Ph.D. before returning to teach and train other pastors in Africa.