Rev. Kathy Kiuna is a dynamic teacher, conference speaker, Music Minister and Worship leader, author, marriage counselor, TV host, and co-founder of Jubilee Christian Church. Her timely ministry has had an impact on thousands of people, particularly women, all over the world. She is the founder of the massive Daughters of Zion Ministry, whose mission is to "Raise the Standard Among Women."
Rev. Kathy also mentors a thriving Ladies Mentorship School, which was made necessary by the tremendous impact of the Daughters of Zion ministry since its inception in 2003. This was to allow for the greatest personal impact in the lives of the women, in addition to the monthly general empowerment.
Rev Kathy Kiuna is the senior pastor and co-founder of the jubilee Christian church (JCC), which was founded in 1999. She is now in charge of the church segment ministry "daughters of Zion." Her husband is the church's general overseer.
Reverend Kathy Kiuna's Family
Rev Kathy Kiuna is the wife of Bishop Allan Kiuna, and the couple has three children.
True Love magazine interviewed Pastor Kathy Kiuna.
Amazing Journey - Kathy Kiuna rose from humble beginnings as a secretary to become one of Kenya's most charismatic preachers. She explains how it happened.
The hand-written birthday poem on Pastor Kathy Kiuna's office wall is sentimental, like something a man would write to his year-old bride.
However, Pastor Allan Kiuna wrote these words after they had been married for 17 years.
Allan Kiuna is a romantic man, and Kathy, as she readily admits, is a lucky woman. "I have a man who is not afraid to express himself," says Rev. Kathy Kiuna. "I don't take that lightly."
Pastor Allan Kiuna and Rev Kathy KiunaReverend Kathy Kiuna
Rev Kathy Kiuna and Allan, who aren't afraid to show their affection in public, met in an unusual way.
"He was in a phone booth, talking with his mother (he told me! ), and I passed by on my way to church."
He told his mother to wait a second, then called out to me, asking me to give him a minute so he could speak with me. The only reason I came to a halt was because he had addressed me by name.
Reverend Kathy Kiuna
He told me straight up after finishing his conversation with his mother that he wanted to get to know me and asked if he could buy me lunch.
I declined, stating that I was too busy. I was indeed on my way to join the praise and worship team for the lunchtime service. But this did not deter him, and he pursued me with vigour.
On our first date, he stated unequivocally that he desired to marry. That happened in January. By December of that year, I had said 'I do,' and became Mrs Kiuna. I was 25 at the time, and he was 27."
Earlier Years of Rev Kathy Kiuna
Rev Kathy Kiuna's spiritual journey began when she was 22 years old. In high school, she was a bit of a wild child (CGHU Parklands).
"I was the cheeky girl, the party girl, the totally crazy chic, not the kind of girl you would have picked for salvation," she says with a laugh. "My friends from high school got the shocker when they heard I got saved."
She attended Queensway Secretarial College after graduating from high school.
She met Allan, who was also a member of the church, while working as a secretary and singing in the worship team at Faith Evangelist Ministries under Teresia Wairimu. There was nothing to warn her that great things were about to happen.
When they were newlyweds, they started a printing business, but it failed and they were forced to close it.
"God took us through a gruesome experience," she recalls.
"We had nothing, not even a roof over our heads. We were graciously housed by a kind widow. At this point, we decided to actively seek God and His plans for us.
Rev Kathy Kiuna's Life Prophecy
"Then came the day that changed everything. God sent His prophet, a man named Macdonald, to Teresia Wairimu's church in September 1998. He summoned us to the front of the congregation and began to prophesy. He told my husband that God was going to give him a big office where he could train leaders. He told me I was going to be a psalmist and write songs that would change people's lives."
"We were taken aback and shocked. How was God going to accomplish this? But we took him at his word and waited. God spoke to us one day and told us to start a church on January 17, 1999."
Rev Kathy Kiuna recalls how some of their friends trashed them when they invited them to their church.
"They openly stated that they would not join us and become part of the mockery, but this did not deter us." God had instilled such zeal in us that nothing could shake us, but doubt crept in from time to time as we wondered how we were going to start a church without a single coin to our name."
But the couple was adamant about obeying God.
First, they needed a location.
"We discovered it at Temus Restaurant, owned by Terry Mungai of Ashley's, who graciously allowed us to use it for Ksh3,700 per month."
It sounded like Ksh3.7 million at the time! But God had a plan, and we soon had volunteers: someone offered to print fliers for free, and one pastor handed us an envelope containing Ksh 10,000. That was truly a miracle! We had found our budget plus extra to provide biscuits and tea to the congregation after church."
On Sunday, January 17, 1999, the 40-seat venue was packed with friends, family, and curious onlookers. The Kiunas were overjoyed, but the following Sunday, there were only six people in attendance.
"Our friends and family had come to support us for the church's debut, but they had returned to their respective churches after the first Sunday."
It was shocking to see only six people, but we persisted, and the numbers fluctuated from eight to five to ten over the months... Today, Jubilee Christian Church has a congregation of 5,000 regular attendees."
Kathy would lead worship and Allan would preach in the beginning. Due to the church's growth, duties are now divided differently, but Rev Kathy Kiuna still primarily leads the choir. She is a talented musician who has released four albums, three with friends and one solo, In the Fullness of Time, which chronicles some of their spiritual journey's darker times.
Most women would be satisfied with a job that ranged from secretary to praise and worship leader. But there was more to come.
Ministry of Rev. Kathy Kiuna
"My husband told me that I should become a woman's pastor and should lead a ministry for women," she said. "He saw what I went through when we were struggling, when I couldn't even afford a sanitary towel, and he knew I could connect with women and encourage them." My husband's vision was confirmed by another pastor."
Rev Kathy Kiuna's ministry 'Daughters of Zion' was born in 2003. The ministry's monthly seminars, which focus on uplifting women, draw thousands of women.
"God gave me a passion for women," says Rev Kathy Kiuna. "I want to see women change for the better, to believe in themselves and to fulfill their potential."
Many women are stunning, but they don't recognize it because they let men belittle them and tell them what to do."
Rev Kathy Kiuna has found time to write in addition to co-founding a busy church. Rev. Kathy Kiuna is the author of Celebrate Yourself and Woman Without Limits, and a third book is on the way. Oh, and she makes clothes just for fun!
Rev Kathy Kiuna's House/Residence
Rev. Kathy Kiuna is no stranger to debate. Recently, photos of their Runda home went viral on social media, prompting outraged comments that pastors who serve God should not live extravagant lives. Rev. Kathy Kiuna makes no excuses.
Reverend Kathy Kiuna
"Those who talk only know the 'after'; they should have seen the 'before' to appreciate the work of God," she goes on to say. "He raised us up in the church, and the church is only as good as its flock; if the flock is poor, so will the church."
Many members of our congregation are doing well; this is only the tip of the iceberg; we are only warming up; we are on our way. God called us to raise leaders, and that is exactly what we are doing: raising people to be the best they can be, and as they grow, so do we. Furthermore, you can never pay a pastor enough."
Is Jubilee Christian Church preaching the gospel of prosperity?
"We serve a prosperity God," Rev Kathy Kiuna responds. "God desires that we be prosperous in every way. His desire for us is that we walk in plenty. I'm praying for churchgoers to show Bill Gates the dust!"
"I work out every day, and my husband recently convinced me to take up golf." 'Where is the fun in walking after a ball?' I thought at first. I inquired, but the moment I started getting the ball into the holes, I was hooked, and I now love it."
Rev Kathy Kiuna separates their church and personal lives.
"We don't let anything stand in our way, not even ministry." We have set boundaries that we expect the congregation to follow. We do not move our children from bedroom to bedroom to make room for believers in our home.
We have church offices where we can discuss church matters. Some churchgoers let the flock take over their private lives and end up homeless; this strains family relationships."
Kathy Kiuna's Schedule
Rev Kathy Kiuna's typical day begins at 6 a.m.
"We pray together between 6 and 8 a.m., then go to the gym to exercise." We go golfing on Monday because it is our day off.
We have counselling sessions at the church on Tuesdays, prayer meetings for Daughters of Zion on Wednesdays, mentorship school at JCC on Thursdays, and overnight prayers at the church on Fridays, so we start preparing for that as well as the Sunday service. We try to spend as much time as possible as a family in the evening."
Kathy Kiuna's Children
Rev. Kathy Kiuna has three children: Vanessa, Stephanie, and Jeremy, their "miracle" child.
"Jeremy was born 6 months prematurely, weighing only 1.1 kilograms." He suffers from cerebral palsy but is bright and intelligent. The only thing he can't do is walk without the assistance of a stick. But we're hoping that God will help him walk."
"He was born while I was in the United States." Doctors examined him from head to toe and discovered nothing wrong. We didn't realize something was wrong with him until he was a year and a half old and still couldn't walk. The diagnosis was eventually made by a neurosurgeon."
"Emotionally, we can become deflated when we wait for God to do something, to make him walk." A year passes, then another, and I say in my prayers, 'God, I never expected You to take this long!' But we know God is preparing a testimony for Jeremy; Jeremy has brought us closer to God and shown us that he is still a miracle."
Rev. Kathy Kiuna's Wedding
Rev Kathy Kiuna's husband frequently refers to her as his "darling wife" in church and uses sweet names when addressing her in public. This happy marriage clearly includes romance, but what is the glue that holds them together?
"Love and respect for one another are essential, but the focus must be on God," says Rev Kathy Kiuna.
"Everyone has flaws, but only with Christ in your life can you get past them." A wife should honor and respect her husband, and a husband should love and respect his wife. He must encourage her to pursue her dreams so that she can achieve her full potential.
Wives, remember your place in the home: it is second, not first, regardless of the circumstances. When a man is at ease in his own skin, he will allow you to be at ease in yours."
So, what is Rev Kathy Kiuna's take on divorce?
"What God has joined together, let no man separate... but some marriages God did not join together." Some couples simply cannot stand each other; they are sick of each other and are always happier apart.
'Move on if you must, maybe it wasn't God after all,' I would say. But first, ask yourself if you gave your marriage your all.
Could it be my fault, rather than his? Try your hardest so that if Jesus came back today, He wouldn't hold it against you because you gave it your all."
The Kiunas credit their church's phenomenal growth – it now has branches in Kenya, the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Africa – to "great mentors" like Teresia Wairimu and Pastor TD Jakes. During the interview, Kathy mentions that they will be traveling to Miami, Florida, in October to preach and meet with Pastor Jakes.
"We are raising leaders and sending them forth."
Rev Kathy Kiuna appears to have a lot on her plate; how does she strike a balance?
"Actually, I purpose to have the balance: I have my me-time, get into the Jacuzzi and relax, go out with some girls and have a good laugh, I purpose to find the time to do all these things, even to read."
Her closing words are typically upbeat: "As a woman, you should love yourself and be a go-getter." Many women seek fulfillment outside of themselves, but this is incorrect. Whatever you require to be happy is within you. Don't limit what you can become - find yourself as a woman and rise!"