Entering ministry in 1981, Kwa-Zulu Natal born Purity Malinga was elected and installed as the new Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa in November this year. Purity made history, being the first female presiding bishop of the church to be elected. Bishop Malinga succeeds Bishop Zipokuhle Siwa, who has held the position for the past three terms. Bishop Malinga began her career as a teacher and read for a Masters in Divinity at Harvard University. She is a previous deputy president of the SA Council of Churches and in the past three years has been the director of the Education, Mission and ministry unit of the Methodist Church.