Wilberforce Okumu

Wilberforce Owere Okumu is the Senior Pastor  at Pearl Haven Christian Center and the founder of Living Water Ministries Uganda in East Africa. He is married to Sarah an educationist, and they have three wonderful children. He has a commission to take the gospel to the un-reached people especially along the Nile River through Sudan to Egypt and beyond. Pastor Wilberforce is uniquely anointed as an inspiring preacher and speaker who shares the gospel with passion impacting the lives of many across Uganda and other nations. He has had opportunity to ministers in Rwanda, UK, Kenya, USA, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiopia. Apart from pastoral work he holds mass evangelistic gatherings under Ukombozi Gospel Missions in some of these nations seeing hundreds come to Christ and experience God’s love and power

Early Life

Pastor Wilberforce Okumu born in a polygamous family, was one of 32 children of his father. Raised in poverty and politically volatile times in Uganda, he did not enjoy the normal opportunities available elsewhere and is only alive because of God’s amazing Grace. At the age of 18, his family home was destroyed and his family became refugees in their own nation, forcing him to drop out of school. Shortly before that, Wilberforce had received a visitation from the Lord, which finally led to his salvation in 1988. Immediately upon receiving Christ as his Savior, he was taken up by a pastor as an apprentice minister in a small town called Kamuli under Highway of Holiness Ministries, now called Robert Kayanja Ministries. It was during this time that Wilberforce received the vision to reach the “Un-reached” with the Gospel.

The Call

In 1993, while on a mission in Britain,  Wilberforce heard an audible voice say ” Okumu, go and build Me Pearl Haven in Mbale” God commissioned Wilberforce to establish a church and missions base called Pearl Haven Christian Center in Mbale, Uganda.  On his return to Uganda, Wilberforce moved his young family from Kamuli to Mbale to pioneer this work. This would become a sending center for missions. Pastor Okumu has inspired and developed young leaders who have in turn established ministries across the nations.
His greatest passion is to preach the uncompromising truth of the gospel and to develop other leaders into the work of ministry