Janet Helms Resigns as Chair of KCEP


“I have loved every minute!

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Janet Helms, now Chair Emerita, is handing over the reins to The Rev. Canon Dr. John Macdonald.

Janet Helms, now Chair Emerita, is handing over the reins to The Rev. Canon Dr. John Macdonald.

After over a decade, Janet Helms has stepped down as Chair of Kenya Christian Education Partnership (KCEP). The Board will be in experienced hands as The Rev. Canon Dr. John Macdonald assumes role as Chairman, effective immediately. The remaining current board members (Larry Rice, Carolyn Ihrig, Jane Rice, and Mary Sisak) will continue to serve in their current roles.

Over the course of Helm’s leadership, KCEP helped found and grow Tumaini Academy from an idea inspired by Bishop Qampicha Daniel Wario to a fully operational primary school with 5 affiliated preschools enrolling over 550 students. Former Tumaini students have gone on to win academic accolades and are currently studying in some of the top high schools in Kenya.

During this time, Helms helped KCEP raise over $900,000 to support Christian Education in Northern Kenya. She is grateful to all those who helped along the way, especially those on the inaugural board of directors and KCEP’s early supporters.

“I have loved every minute of being Chair of KCEP and will always feel like my life has made a difference in this part of the world!” – Janet Helms, Founder of KCEP and Co-founder of Tumaini Academy.

Helms knows she is leaving KCEP in excellent hands. Macdonald has visited the people of Northern Kenya repeatedly and has written extensively on the people groups of the Marsabit region. “[John] was the first vice-chair of KCEP and came back to the board when we were embarking upon this venture to build a high-school,” Helms reports.

As KCEP enters a new phase, one that will help the church in Marsabit establish a Christian high school for the students in the region, Macdonald is well-positioned to lead this effort. Helms, now Chair Emerita, will remain active as an ex-officio member of the Board and will continue to represent the organization.


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