Revd Wilbert Sayimani
Revd Wilbert Sayimani gave 17 years of service to the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa. Having served his Presbytery for seven years as Clerk & Administrator, Wilbert was appointed Moderator of the Presbytery of Zimbabwe. While in this office, he also served as Vice President of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches. Wilbert was Minister of Hatfield Presbyterian Church, in a residential suburb of Harare.
Wilbert has two children, Primrose and Wilbert Junior, from his first marriage; sadly his first wife died in 2008, an event he has described as "like the end of the world for me". But, he goes on to say "I thank God who, at His appointed time, took me by the hand, continued to direct my path to the height of His blessings where I am now, enjoying a new and beautiful loving wife". His marriage to Irene took place in October 2011. This was a period of hectic activity in his life, because at this same time he was applying for his present post as the Walsall URC Pastorate's minister, which involved visiting the pastorate's three churches during the following month. Irene, who had previously lost her first husband, has two children: Ngonidzashe and Stule. So they now have a family of four, two boys and two girls, but only one of whom - teenage son Wilbert Junior - is living here with them in UK.
Wilbert was inducted to the post of URC minister in Walsall in May 2012 by the then Moderator of the West Midlands URC Synod, Revd Roy Lowes, in a ceremony at Broadway URC attended by members from all three churches, Synod representatives and friends from Zimbabwe.