Team Friendly Planet
Friendly Planet relies on our large network of volunteers in Congo, the USA, and beyond. We are led by a team of ordained pastors/missiologists, and our main office is in Mulongo, DR Congo. We have United Methodist roots, but play well with others. We are welcomed in the homes of chiefs and in the camps of warlords.
Rev. Joseph Mulongo and Nurse Mary Kabamba
The Rev. Joseph Mulongo (FPM Director and Director of Connectional Ministries for the North Katanga and Tanganyika Conferences, The United Methodist Church) has coordinated and led FPM's leadership development bicycle/boat tours since 2010. He oversees the progress on all FPM supported initiatives in DRC, including the construction and locally-financed maintenance of the Mulongo Nursing School and Friendly Planet's boat, "The Indiana."
Mary is a teacher at the El Dorado Nursing School and a community organizer. In 2011 she led FPM's women's leadership tour, which included visiting communities and transporting supplies along the Congo river from Mulongo to Kabalo. In 2012, she organized FPM's relief efforts when Mai-Mai rebels began attacking in the region. She oversees FPM initiatives in the Mulongo region when her husband, Joseph, is traveling. Mama Mary and Rev. Mulongo can be contacted via Facebook
Rev. Taylor Denyer
Taylor (FPM President and The Rev. Dr. Bishop Mande Muyombo's Executive Assistant for Strategic Partnership and Engagement for the North Katanga-Tanganyika-Tanzania Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church) acts as a communications bridge between friends and partners on both sides of the Atlantic. A pastor of the North Katanga Conference who holds graduate degrees in development and divinity, she is currently writing her ThD thesis on Decolonizing Mission Partnerships via the University of South Africa.
Taylor coaches church leaders as they navigate the challenges of serving in struggling communities. She is married to fellow global nomad Stuart Denyer, a U.S. diplomat. Contact: Taylor@FriendlyPlanetMissiology.org
In Loving Memory of Rev. Dr. Bob Walters
"Biking Bob," a Marine Corps helicopter pilot turned United Methodist pastor, regularly journeyed to DR Congo for speaking and deep listening tours from 1991-2017. Bob served as the Director of Connectional Ministries for the North Katanga Episcopal Area and was FPM's resident "Mad Man on a Bicycle." When Bob was not in the Congo he could be found in Indiana with his beloved wife Teri. Bob was the author of FPM's first publication, The Last Missionary.