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Rev Dr Zirajukic KemungWARIME GUTI

LAE - The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea has lost one of its senior pastors, the theologian, academic and profound philosopher Rev Dr Zirajukic Kemung.

Dr Kemung was called home to rest last Saturday while preaching at the pulpit. After a short introduction to his sermon, he said a word of prayer and collapsed. He was rushed to the hospital but was pronounced dead after an hour.

Dr Kemung was awarded his doctorate in theology from Neudettlesau, Germany, in 1996. He was the second of four Papua New Guinean Lutheran theologians to hold a doctorate in theology.

The others are former head bishop the late Chief Rt Rev Dr Wesley Kigasung, current Martin Luther Seminary principal Rev Dr Michael Wann, and dean of the ministry faculty at the Pacific Theological College in Fiji, Rev Dr Kiki.

Dr Kemung began his pastoral ministry in 1979 in the rural mountains of Teptep between Madang and Morobe.

In 1980, he went to serve in Goroka. By 1982 he was a lecturer at Martin Luther Seminary, serving there for 35 years until his death.

During his long service at the seminary he furthered his studies in Australia, the United States and Germany where he was awarded his doctorate in theology.

The haus karai is at Dr Kemung’s residence at the Martin Luther Seminary in Lae. The funeral service will be held on Friday 6 October at the seminary’s chapel.

The next day he will be flown home to Finschhafen to be laid to rest.

For more information on funeral service, haus karai and contributions contact Ms Kaire Kemung on 70011857, email wguti@elcpng.org

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