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Louisville Seminary Alum and Southern African Church Leader Abiel Matitsoane Moseme Dies

Sep 27, 2016

The Rev. Dr. Abiel Matitsoane Moseme (68), died Saturday, September 10, 2016, in Mt. Moorosi, Quthing, Lesotho in Southern Africa. He was a prominent minister and leader in the Lesotho Evangelical Church in Southern Africa (LECSA), and he died as a pastor while delivering a sermon at a funeral of a village chief. A memorial service will be held at Lesotho Evangelical on September 30, 2016.

Blessed with an infectious sense of humor and warm laugh, Moseme easily won the affection of people with whom he worked and ministered. He served 30 years as the director of the Theological Seminary of Lesotho Evangelical and was recognized as a leader not only in Lesotho but also throughout Southern Africa. Moseme was passionate about his work with Lesotho Evangelical. He had attractive job offers and opportunities to pursue other options, but he turned them down so he could continue the work of the church. Moseme traveled around the world as a representative of his church. Among other places, Moseme represented his church in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Switzerland, Kenya, Tanzania, and Malawi.

Moseme is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he received an Award in Pastoral Ministry (1983), his Master of Theology degree (1983) and his Doctor of Ministry degree (1987). According to Louisville Seminary President Michael Jinkins, Moseme’s impact and influence are still felt by the seminary community today.

“Stories about Matitsoane Moseme still make their way around the Louisville Seminary campus, but no story captures his spirit quite so well as the one told at the opening of this obituary,” said Jinkins. “He passed away as a pastor – delivering a sermon at the funeral of a village chief. He made a huge and lasting impression on those who knew him, and his seminary was proud of his life and ministry.”

In addition to Louisville Seminary, Moseme was educated at Morija Theological Seminary in Morija, Lesotho (1971), and the University of Botswana Lesotho and Swaziland (UBLS, 1973) in Roma, Lesotho.

After returning to Lesotho from the United States, Moseme was named Director of the LECSA Theological Seminary in Morija, Lesotho, where he taught pastoral theology, homiletics and liturgies. He was the pastor of churches in Sebapala LECSA, Quthing, Semonkong LECSA and Kana LECSA.

He is survived by his wife, Maseisa Moseme; his children, Matseliso Moseme, Motselisi Moseme, Malefetsane Moseme, and Ntsiba Moseme; his grandchildren, Ayanda Sutu, Asante Scharer, and Bianka Scharer; his sibling, Mamotsie Motsie; and his siblings in-law, Martha Moerane, Makeke Morena, and Ts’oeu Moerane. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thamahane and ‘Mantu Moseme; his wife's parents, Stephen and ‘Mamakeke Moerane; and his son, Seeisa Moseme.

Expressions of sympathy to the family should be sent to Moseme’s daughter, Motselisi Moseme (12511 Lilly Lane. Louisville, KY 40223).
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