REV. CHAPLAIN EDWARD KARANJA
Reverend Chaplain Edward Karanja was born and raised in Gikuni Village, Kiambu district in Kenya. He is the last born of 8 children born to the late Reverend Ruben Karanja, and his late spouse, Rebecca.
Edward was born again in 1971, during a bible study group while attending Nairobi University. He later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a focus in Commerce. From that time forward, Edward felt the call of God in his life and began to experience a strong desire to teach and explain scripture in a simple yet in depth way.
After realizing he still needed more experience and God’s anointing, Edward became ordained as a Lay Leader in 1987 at the Mombasa Cathedral Anglican Church, where he ministered part time for several years. It is during this time and in this church that Edward began to teach bible study and continued for 15 years. At the same time, Edward was employed by SGS Kenya Limited, where he served as the Branch Manager in Mombasa for 25 years and was later promoted and transferred to Kampala, Uganda as SGS Uganda’s Country Managing Director. While in Uganda, Edward continued teaching bible study at Upper Room Ministries, catering to College students.
In 2001, Edward and his family immigrated to the United States where he continued his education at Beulah Heights University in Atlanta, GA. In 2003, Edward graduated with Honors (Summa Cum Laude) with his second bachelor’s degree, this time in Religious Studies. He was awarded the University’s All American Scholar Award, nominated to the National Dean’s List and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, in recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishment as a student at Beulah University, 2003-2004. Edward also received Scholastic Membership by the National Honor Society of The Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges (DELTA EPISILION CHI). In 2004, Edward was awarded a Standard Teacher’s Diploma by the Evangelical Training Association through Beulah Heights University granting him permanent approval to teach certificate courses.
In 2007, Edward completed his Clinical Pastoral Education, ACPE and CPE, Chaplains Residency program at St Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, GA, and continues serving as a chaplain for Vitas. In 2004, Edward also became ordained at Elim Victory Church International in Marietta, GA, where he has been ministering and continues to teach bible study. Reverend Chaplain Edward is married to Pastor Tabitha, his spouse of 44 years. They have a daughter, two sons and 4 grandchildren.
Edward continues to pursue furthering his education in Religious Studies.
PASTOR TABITHA KARANJA
Pastor Tabitha was born in Kirangari Lower Kabete Kiambu District, Kenya. She grew up in a Christian home as the second of seven children, raised by prayerful parents who were active in their local Anglican Church. Tabitha attended Nyathuna Primary school and went on to finish high school at Highlands Girls High in Eldoret, where she gave her life to Christ during a revival weekend service led by members of Deliverance Church Nairobi.
After graduating high school, Tabitha joined Aga Khan School of Nursing, Nairobi and continued attending Deliverance Church. After graduating as a Registered Nurse, Tabitha married Edward Karanja and moved to Mombasa where she began working at Coast General Hospital. Tabitha went on to become a Registered Midwife and certified in Maternal Child Health and Family Planning. Tabitha continued teaching at the Coast General School of Nursing as a Clinical Instructor for several years.
In 1989, Tabitha moved on to Mombasa Ukumbusho Medical Clinic, run by the Anglican Church of Kenya, Mombasa Diocese, where she worked as a Nurse Project Coordinator. In 1994, Tabitha was awarded her Certificate in Basic Counselling which enabled her to develop and expand her counselling skills interacting with patients. During her interaction with her patients, Tabitha was able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessed first-hand the healing power of God. Tabitha and her husband Edward eventually joined Assemblies of God Church, Mombasa, and later co-founded Jesus Revival Center, Mombasa.
In 1999 Tabitha and her family moved to Kampala, Uganda, where they joined the Upper Room Ministry Kampala, and continued to serve the Lord. Two years later, Tabitha and Edward decided it was time to pursue their true calling of working full-time in the ministry. In 2001 Tabitha and her family arrived in Atlanta, GA, USA, where the Lord led them to join Elim Victory Church (EVC) International in Marietta, GA. In 2003, Tabitha was ordained as an Evangelist and in 2006, she was officially ordained as a Pastor and became the EVC Women’s’ Leader. As the church continued to expand its locations, EVC Marietta was left to the now Reverend Edward and Pastor Tabitha where they continue to faithfully serve and minister through healing, miracles and deliverance by the power of the spirit of God. In 2020, Tabitha received her certifications in Counseling Theories and Applications, Advanced Pharmacology and Basic Addition Counselor from High Impact Training and Counseling, Inc. approved by the Georgia Addiction and Counseling Association.
In addition to her medical and ministry career, Tabitha is a mother of three children and four grandchildren. Pastor Tabitha has now been in the ministry for almost 28 years and continues to mentor and counsel, while encouraging young women to develop and mature in the ways of the Christ. Tabitha still believes and abides by her favorite scripture - Romans 8:1 - “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”