Bishop Frederick Onael Shoo, nicknamed the “Tree Bishop,” was born in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. He is Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania. For 30 years he has been active in environmental issues and has caused many thousands of trees to be planted. He is married to Janeth and together they have three children.
Bishop Shoo was ordained to become a pastor in 1986. He served in the diocese as assistant to the bishop for ten years, pastor-in-charge of Mwika Lutheran Parish from 1986-1988, and provost of Mwika Bible College from 1995-2003. He obtained his doctorate degree in Germany where he studied from 1990-1995. From 2014 to 2016, he served as the bishop of Northern Diocese, and in 2016 he was elected as presiding bishop. Today, Bishop Shoo is the world-renowned leader of the 6.5 million-member Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania.
Bishop Shoo will be joining us as the preacher for the Service of the Word on Wednesday, as well as a panelist during the Mission Festival.