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Church of the Ascension, in Westminster, announced that the Rev. Samuel Nsengiyumva became the rector of the church Sept. 16.

He previously served as the rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, and Holy Family Episcopal Church in Angola, Indiana.

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He was born in Rwanda, Africa, as the first-born child of a first-generation Christian couple. In 1988 he felt and responded to a call to ordained ministry, which led to his ordination to the deaconate in 1992, and the priesthood in 1996. He has since served churches in Rwanda, Kenya, and the United States.

He has a bachelor's degree in Bible, with minors in Christian ministries and community development from Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya, and a master's degree from the Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana, where he studied theology and ethics with an emphasis on peace studies.

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He is founder and president of Taraja Resource Network, a small nonprofit that is attempting to break the cycle of poverty in the African Great Lakes region, one family at a time, through education, micro-enterprise, mentoring and networking.

He is married to Marie Rose Nirere. They have four children and one grandchild.

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