Contributors of Profiles

Abebaye Hunde, B.A. in Accounting (from which Institution?), is an Oromo gospel singer.

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Alemayehu Anaga, Diploma in Literature, worked as teacher in government schools. After retirement, he is now employed as teacher in the primary school run by Birhane Heywot Church in Soddo. Alemayehu Anage has been serving Walaytta Mulu Wongel’s “A” Choir as a leader and guitarist.

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Asayegne Legesse studies at Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology and is a son of gospel singer Legesse Djilo.

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Asefa Guta, MA in Special Needs Education (Addis Ababa University), works as a teachers trainer and Sign Language teaching material producer in Addis Ababa. He is a Mekane Yesus Deaf Christian community advisor and minister. Asefa sang in the Hossana Mekane Yesus “A” Choir and was pivotal to start the local Mekane Yesus Deaf Choir.

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Begna Simesso, MA in Communications (University of Wales), serves as Partnerships Director at Girl Effect Ethiopia and is a member of Debre Zeit Mekane Yesus Choir.

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Befekadu Wondimu, MA in Educational Leadership and Management (Addis Ababa University), serves as Senior Manager of Program Support at Compassion International Ethiopia and is a member of Mulu Wongel “A” Choir.

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Belayneh Chafamo, a member of Seventh-Day Adventist Church, served in the Hadiyya Old Testament Translation Project for many years.

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Berhanu Belay _ _ _ serves as General Manager of Zena Wengel Ministry, a charitable organization based on Christian principles and the vision of meeting the needs of the most disadvantaged members of the visually impaired community in Addis Ababa and beyond.

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Daniel Teshome, MA _ ?? (Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, Addis Ababa), is a translator, writer and theology teacher. He studied the life and ministry of gospel singer Tadesse Eshete.

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Pastor Debebe Lemma, Diploma in Drafting (Tebaryied Polytechnic College, Addis Ababa), is a Pastor at Gulele Paulos Mulu Wongel Church (Ethiopian Full Gospel Believers Church), gospel musician and former member of Tsion Choir.

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Rev. Degu Genffe, MMin (Far Eastern Bible College, Singapore), teaches at Mekane Yesus Seminary and is the Church’s National Theological Education Accreditation Officer. He co-authored the profiles of Dinote Orkaido and Mesmerewa Maqisha.

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Desta Biramo, BTh (Wolaytta Evangelical Seminary, Soddo), is a gospel singer and volunteer preacher in the Ethiopian Kale Heywot Church.

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Desta Langena, Doctor of Missiology (Western Seminary, Portland, OR), is the founder and director of Ambaricho International Prayer and Missions Movement (AIPM) and a former member of Mishgida Kale Heywot Choir.

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Rev. Dinku Lamessa, PhD (Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN), is the Coordinator of Lutheran Heritage Foundation Projects in Africa, former National Coordinator at EECMY University Student Ministry and son of the late Oromo gospel singer, Rev. Lamessa Bato.

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Dinote Orkaido is a Konso gospel singer.

Ebise Ashana, acad. degree? (from which Institution?), workes as Program Manager for Women’s Empowerment and Inclusive Development at EECMY DASSC Headquarters.

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Elizabeth Minassie, BSc in Mathematics (Addis Ababa University), serves as Admin and Finance Head at Bridge of Hope and is a member of Mulu Wongel “A” hoir.

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Gezahegn Mussie, MA in Biblical and Theological Studies (Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, Addis Ababa), is an independent teacher and preacher on the topic of praise and worship as well as a gospel singer.

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Girma Engida, MBA (India), double Bachelor (Addis Ababa), worked until his retirement for World Vision Ethiopia (??) and is a leader and active member of Committee member of Meserete Kristos Church Addis Ababa Choir.

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Hoeft, Lydia, a trained linguist, works as a SIL AIM Translation Consultant in Ethiopia.

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Keba Fido, MA in Organizational Leadership (Mekane Yesus Seminary) and Advance Diploma in Library Science (St Mary University College, Addis Ababa) works as Librarian at Mekane Yesus Seminary and serves as gospel singer.

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Kebebush Atebo, MA in xxx (Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology, Addis Ababa), is the Ethiopian Kale Heywot Church Women Ministry Coordinator and a gospel singer.

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Leikola, Kirsi, PhD in Linguistic Anthropology (University of Helsinki), worked in Ethiopia since 1992. She served as an advisor for development projects in Kaffa until 2020 and coordinated the EECMY Central Office’s program on the inclusion of marginalised minorities. Thus, she got to know gospel singer Malaku Mallato.

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Mamo Petros, MSc in Gender and Family Studies (Hawassa Univ.), serves the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Addis Ababa and is a gospel singer.

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Matiwos Ortabo, Advanced Certificate in Theology (South Central Synod Hossana Bible School), is a gospel singer and lay preacher.

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Mesmerewa Maqisha is a Konso gospel singer.

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Rev Mezgebu Fufaa, MPhil (University of Bergen), is a younger brother of gospel singer Rev Caalii Fufaa. He served as evangelist and pastor in the EECMY Lideta congregation in Addis Ababa from 1983-1993. Until his retirement in 2002 he worked as EECMY parish leader in Dire Dawa and LWF eastern Ethiopia administrator.

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Mitiku Halgete, BTh (Tabor Evangelical College, Hawassa), is a crosscultural evangelist and Konso gospel singer.

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Rev Mulatu Zeleke, BTh (University of Pretoria), serves as pastor at Hossana Mekane Yesus Church. Besides, he is a gospel singer, arranged the recording of Muse’e Tasamma‘s songs and submitted the pictures of Muse’e on the welcome page.

Ritter, Stefan, MTh equivalent (University of Tübingen), served with his wife, Rev. Fu-Lan Ritter Chen, in Ethiopia from 2005-2014. He worked as a Christian Education Advisor in the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus (EECMY) and helped to publish literature in vernacular languages.

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Pastor Roman Samuel, double BA (Admas University and Pentecostal Theological College) serves as pastor of Aware Full Gospel Believers Church, Addis Ababa, and is a gospel singer.

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Samson Ojulu, BA in Psychology (Mekelle University), is a project manager at the East Gambela Bethel Synod DASSC office and a gospel singer.

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Solomon Araya Habte-Egzy, MSc in Communication (Southern Illinois University) and MS in Management Administration (Nebraska University), is a Lecturer at Mekane Yesus Seminary Management and Leadership College, Addis Ababa. He and other members of the Araya family were gospel singers.

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(see entry below)

Solomon Demissie, BSc Mechanical Engineering (Addis Ababa University), has been working for World Vision Ethiopia (??) and is a senior leader and very active member of Meserete Kristos Church Addis Ababa Choir.

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Pastor Tamirat Haile, Diploma in Electrical Engineering (Addis Ababa) and a graduate of Trinity Life Bible College (USA), has been a gospel singer for many years and serves now as Senior Pastor of the Ethiopian Christian Fellowship in Sacramento, California.

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Teferi Angose †, MA (Evangelical Graduate School of Theology, Addis Ababa), served as the Theological Education by Extension (TEE) Department Head at Mekane Yesus Seminary in Addis Ababa and as instructor in the seminary’s Christian Muslim Relations courses until his retirement in 2020. He was a secondary school teacher and a gospel singer.

Tekletsadik Belachew, double MA (Trinity International University, Deerfield), is writing a PhD dissertation at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, on the 6th-century Ethiopian musician and hymnographer, St. Yared. Next to patristic exegesis, Tekletsadik’s research interests include Ethiopian cinematography (esp. Haile Gerima). He has contributed the profiles of gospel singers Dereje Kebede, Alemu Aga, and Yared the Melodious.

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Pastor Tesfaye Gabbiso, MTh (Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology), has been a gospel singer for many years and serves now as a pastor at the Full Gospel Believers’ Church in Hawassa.

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Tesfaye Tiroro is a member of Debre Zeit Kale Heywet Choir.

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Wario Wako, BTh (LeadStar University College, Addis Ababa), studies in an MBA program at New Global Vision College, Addis Ababa. He is the founder of Voice of Hope Ministry, the producer of Nagee [Music] Show on Mo’aa TV and a gospel singer.

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Wondiye Ali Hamza is the author of numerous books, the former Kale Heywet Literature Department Head and a member of Debre Zeit Kale Heywet Choir.

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Yohannes Lala, MA in Practical Theology (Mekane Yesus Seminary, Addis Ababa), is a faculty member of Mekane Yesus Seminary, Acting Associate Dean of its TEE Department and a member of the EECMY Board of Mission and Theology.

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Yohannes Regassa, MSc in Land Management and Land Tenure (TU München), works as Programme Officer at European Commission Directorate General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection. He is a member of Debre Zeit Evangelical Choir (aka Debre Zeit Mekane Yesus Choir).

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Yonas Gorfe & Gail Gorfe have been serving in Ethiopia for many years. Yonas Gorfe played a major role in making the School of Jazz Music at Mekane Yesus Seminary what it is today. He was a member of AFG Band and is a teacher and gospel musician.

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Apostle Zelalem Gragn, BTh (Emmaus Bible School, Addis Ababa), serves as a full-time minister of Mulu Wongel Church and as a missionary coordinator of the Evangelical Churches Fellowship in Kamashi Zone, Benishangul Gumuz Region. He is a gospel singer.

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Zelalem Mengistu, MDiv (Trinity Western Seminary) is a writer, Bible teacher and apologist. He operates a noted YouTube channel and was a member of Debre Zeit Kale Heywet Choir.

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Zenebe Senbeto, BA in Sociology (Dilla University), works in the Office for Women, Children and Youth of Karat and Surroundings district in Konso Zone. He is a gospel singer.

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