After arriving in the U.S. from his home country of Ethiopia, Muluneh completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at local Bay Area universities, ultimately earning a Masters in Business Administration. While working full time at Stanford Hospital as the Director of Transportation Services, Muluneh was heavily involved as a volunteer in ministry at Addis Kidan Church of San Francisco. The past four years, with coaching, mentoring and financial support from LINC Bay Area, he served as a bivocational vicar at Addis Kidan while working to complete a Masters in Theology and Culture through the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center (CMC) at Concordia University, Irvine. In December 2019, Muluneh finished his theological training program and will now serve as a bivocational pastor at Addis Kidan focusing on ministry with 2nd generation immigrants.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis and California’s shelter-in-place office, Muluneh’s April ordination and installation at Addis Kidan was delayed until October, but we thank God his ordination has taken place, and his ministry at Addis Kidan continues, already having baptized a number of people the week after he was ordained!
Muluneh views LINC as a key partner throughout his whole process of being encouraged, equipped, and empowered for ministry. “I didn’t have the privilege to do it for many years until I met Pastor Tesfai (Addis Kidan) and had a connection with the CNH district, and then LINC came along to really make it possible.” He added that while in the midst of being a full-time husband, father, and student while also working a full-time job, he appreciated when Aaron Putnam, LINC Bay Area city director and pastor, would simply ask,
How can I pray for you? What do you need? What does your family need?
In LINC, Muluneh values being connected to a network of diverse leaders where his community of friends, ministry perspective, and Gospel impact can both exist in and extend beyond the Ethiopian church world. Praise God!