Pastor Patrick Munyakazi

To the saints of Walker UMC, may the love of our God and the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

I am Pastor Patrick Munyakazi.  I was born in Africa and arrived in the United States in August of 2000.  I am married to Mamyna Munyakazi.  We have 4 wonderful children (2 boys and 2 girls) David, Daniella, Dashny, and Dashella.  My children are going to Prairie school in Cedar Rapids.  My wife has an associate degree from Indian Hills Community College and is working as a nurse aide in a long-term care facility in Cedar Rapids.   I came to ministry while still a university student in my home country of The Democratic Republic of Congo.  I am a licensed local pastor and serving as a ¼ time associate pastor at Asbury UMC in Cedar Rapids.  I am the leader of the International French Fellowship Ministry (IFFM) which is a ministry of Asbury UMC that targets French-speaking immigrants in Cedar Rapids.   I obtained my associate degree in nursing from Kirkwood Community College.  I am a family man.  I like to read and take pictures.

I am very honored and humbled to be your new pastor.  I am here for you and will make myself available for church members.   I see Walker UMC as a big family where we are going to know and learn from each other as we spend time together.  My wife and I speak 4 languages (English, French, Lingala, and Swahili) and we have an accent.  We will be glad to repeat for you, just ask.   Do not hesitate to let me know about people who need assistance or prayers.  My phone will always be opened for you.  My number is 319 431 8319 and my email is

Yours in Jesus-Christ,

Pastor Patrick Munyakazi

Pastor's Corner

God is the Best Father
I would like to share with you something I found online last month for Father’s Day. A father meaning;
Forever with his family
Always there for you tomorrow what
The only one who’s there
He is my hero till the end
Encouraging in everything I do
Really the only one…. No one can beat him; he is the best.
As children, we long for love, protection, forgiveness, comfort, compassion, encouragement, reassurance, recognition, and security. It is impossible to a physical father to provide all the above at all time, but God can. Psalm 103 is one of many scriptures that depict God as the best father. God is described as forgiving, gracious, slow to get mad at his children, compassionate, abounding in love, caring, and the protector. God love is so big and wide for us that we can always run to him when we make mistakes. God knows that’s what we are weak that’s how we can just come to him he will give us the strength to get up and walk again.
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust. (v13-14, NIV).
But from everlasting to everlasting
the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—
with those who keep his covenant
and remember to obey his precepts. (v17-18)
I would like to encourage all of us to remember that God is the best and no one can beat Him. Let run to him when we are weak, He will give us strength. When we are sad, He will give us joy. When we are troubled, He would give us peace.
Pastor Patrick Munyakazi