General Conference Volunteer Feature: Eve Mugambi

This week, thousands of United Methodists from across the globe are attending and volunteering at General Conference. Among the attendees is Rev. Dr. Eve Mugambi, pastor at St. Luke’s UMC (Indianapolis), who is generously volunteering her gifts as a language interpreter. Eve previously served as a lead pastor in The United Methodist Church in the coastal region of Kenya (Mombasa). 

Eve was born and raised in Kenya, where Swahili is the national language. English served as the primary language throughout her education—from high school to college and all throughout her higher education endeavors, including her Masters and PhD at Asbury Theological Seminary and St. Paul Theological Seminary. 

Eve’s linguistic versatility shines as she has interpreted for foreign pastors, mainly from the U.S. and Britain, as she can clearly understand the difference between British and American English accents and translate to Swahili with contextual understanding. When in Kenya, she translated sermons weekly for an American pastor and was often asked to interpret for pastors and guests that were visiting.  

At General Conference, Eve will be interpreting from English to Swahili. In the past, she has represented Kenya Methodist Church in other international conferences, but not at General Conference.  

What led Eve to volunteer at this year’s conference is her love for Swahili and desire to help those with a language barrier. Eve is passionate about accurate translation because she understands that hearing the resolutions at General Conference is critically important to making informed decisions and voting. 

Overall, what Eve is most looking forward to at General Conference is trusting the leadership of the Holy Spirit. “There are so many things at stake and I’m very prayerful,” Eve shared. 

To learn more about other General Conference volunteers, click here.

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