Watoto Church

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Watoto Church
Watoto Children's Choir
Watoto Church is located in Uganda
Watoto Church
Watoto Church
0°19′08″N 32°34′30″E / 0.3189855°N 32.5749527°E / 0.3189855; 32.5749527Coordinates: 0°19′08″N 32°34′30″E / 0.3189855°N 32.5749527°E / 0.3189855; 32.5749527
Location Kampala
Country Uganda
Denomination Pentecostal
Membership 20,000[1]
Weekly attendance 24,000[2]
Website http://www.watotochurch.com/
Former name(s) Kampala Pentecostal Church
Founded 1984
Founder(s) Gary Skinner
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Watoto Church, formerly Kampala Pentecostal Church (KPC) is an English speaking church located in Kampala City, Uganda. The vision of the church is "an English speaking cell-based community church, celebrating Christ, growing and multiplying as each one reaches one, touching those around us with the love of Jesus, bringing healing to the cities and the nations."[3] Watoto means "the children" in Swahili.

The church has various cells groups in Kampala. Each cell comprises about 5 to 10 members who meet every Wednesday during the week. During the meeting they share in fellowship.

The Church was founded by Pastor Gary Skinner and his wife, Marylin Skinner who are the current pastoral team leader, assisted by various district pastors and other ministry leaders.

Watoto Church is home to Watoto Child Care Ministries, a ministry that assists orphans in Uganda, best known for its choir (the Watoto Children's Choir) that has toured the world every year.

Watoto Church went on to launch KPCGulu, currently known as Watoto Church Gulu, a daughter church in Gulu, Northern Uganda, based on the same principles and doctrines as Watoto Church.

The Church has gone on to expand across the capital, Kampala, with branches Watoto Church Downtown, Watoto Church Kisaasi, Watoto Church Bweyogerere, Watoto Church Lubowa, Watoto Church Kyengera and Watoto Church Kansanga which was launched on 1st February 2015. The vision of the Church is to keep on expanding to cover the entire country.

Watoto Church produces an annual Christmas cantata. The cantata is a mixture of a live performance by a 200 member choir, dance, and scripted drama and lighting. The cantata historically has run through the week before Christmas.

In 2007, the newspaper Sunday Vision checked the accounts of twelve Pentecostal churches, and noted with favour that KPC (as it was then known) was one of only two that had their accounts professionally audited.[4]


  1. ^ Launch of Watoto
  2. ^ About Gary Skinner
  3. ^ Watoto Vision Retrieved December 11, 2012
  4. ^ Churches declare billions, Sunday Vision, August 18, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2010

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