AFM pastor denied pulpit
1 October 2018
…Leadership studying alleged misconduct
APOSTOLIC Faith Mission pastor stationed at Pinnacle Assembly in Kuwadzana Phase 3, who is alleged to have been caught pants down with a congregant in the bush, was yesterday restricted to the high table.
The pulpit was given to a final year student at Living Waters Bible College as the AFM leadership reviews circumstances surrounding last Wednesday’s drama involving Pastor Joseph Ponda.
Reverend Joseph Ponda was left with more questions than answers after one of the church leaders, Bishop Panganai Makarichi visited the assembly and introduced a final year Living Waters Bible College student he said was to give a sermon.
H-Metro attended yesterday’s service.
“I am here to inform you that the church leadership has received the report concerning your pastor and we are still to compare what he has told us and that being handled by legal officers,” said Bishop Makarichi.
“We will be guided accordingly by what is going to come out from the investigations being carried and if there are similar we will inform you if there are differences we still let you know.
“I have brought a final year student from Living Waters Bible College to share a message to you, God loves us and all came to worship Him so remain prayerful as well as pastor and his wife they all want the word,” said Bishop Makarichi before asking the congregation to excuse him.
Reverend Ponda was taken aback by the decision.
“I have nothing to comment yet my brother may be if you give me time to heal because I was disturbed and even now I am surprised by the decision made that I must not preach,” said Reverend Ponda refusing to comment on the original allegations.
“Ndini ndingadai ndirikutoshumira izvezvi parikuparidzwa apa asi vakuru vangu vauya neumwe muparidzi saka handisati ndava nechekutaura.
“I will have time to discuss this with my wife before giving my side of the story,” said Reverend Ponda.
Some of the congregants left the service during a sermon shared by the student pastor.