OSCR orders Kingdom Church to stop calling itself a charity

Evengelical church run by Climate and Jennifer Irungu claims it is a charity but has not registered as one

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has ordered an evangelical church in Edinburgh to stop calling itself a charity.

The Kingdom Church was registered with Companies House as a company limited by guarantee in May 2009. The organisation is described in its governing documents as a charity, but it has not been registered with the OSCR.

Its directors are evangelical minister Climate Irungu and his wife, Jennifer. They are also the directors of the World Conquerors Christian Centres, which was also warned by the OSCR last October to stop passing itself off as a charity, and has the same address.

A spokesman for the OSCR confirmed that the regulator had not received any applications for charitable status from either organisation.

Climate Irungu's website refers to him as "the bishop of World Conquerors Christian Centre". It claims that he has performed miracles, including restoring hearing and sight, and curing cancer and Aids.

Jennifer Irungu's website describes her as the "First Lady" of the Kingdom Church and founder of Ladies on Fire For Jesus, which aims to "spread the good news of Jesus Christ to thousands and thousands of women throughout the world".

Failure to comply with an OSCR direction can result in a fine of up to £5,000 or imprisonment for up to six months, the report warns.

Climate Irungu told Third Sector that he had already changed the constitution of the WCCC to a non-profit organisation and would do the same with the Kingdom Church. He said he wanted to apply for charitable status for both organisations but had not yet had time to do so. "I travel a lot and have a very busy schedule," he said.

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