Zambia and Bath & Wells mourn the loss of Bishop David

27th April 2022

Bishop David's funeral programme

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of the Rt Revd David Njovu, Bishop of Lusaka.

Bishop Ruth says, “I was deeply saddened to hear the news of Bishop David’s passing and on behalf of the diocese I have sent our love and prayers. I have fond memories of him from my consecration as Bishop of Taunton and greatly appreciated the very warm welcome and hospitality he extended when I visited Zambia.

His was a life well lived, faithfully in the service of His Lord and Saviour. We give thanks for his life, his friendship and his example.  We join the church in Zambia in praying for Noreen and their family and for the people of the Diocese of Lusaka. He will be sadly missed not only in Zambia but here in the Diocese of Bath and Wells.”

Canon Jenny Humphreys says, “I have known Bishop David Njovu for over 20 years, since my first visit to Zambia in 2000 when he was the Dean of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka. He became Bishop in 2004 and has since made many visits to us in Bath & Wells. It was during a visit in 2015 that he represented the Zambian Church at the service in St Paul’s Cathedral where Bishop Ruth was consecrated as Bishop of Taunton.

"One of my dearest memories of Bishop David will always be when I was collated by him as a Canon of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, along with my good friend the Revd John Kafwanka, during that same visit. The ceremony took place in St Mary Magdalene Church in Taunton, which is linked with Lusaka Cathedral. It was an honour then and will always remain so. May Bishop David rest in peace and rise in glory.”