João Somane Machado
Bishop João Somane Machado
Bishop João Somane Machado is a retired Bishop of The United Methodist Church, having served from 1988-2008.
Bishop Machado was born in Morrumbene, Inhambane, Mozambique. He holds the B.D. degree in Theology from the Methodist School of Theology in Brazil, and an advanced degree also in Theology from the Protestant Faculty of Theology in Kinshasa, Zaire.
João taught African Theology, Philology and Bantu ethics at the Ricatla Seminary. He was Headmaster and teacher at Cambine Theological School, and served pastorates at Malhangalene, Cambine and Machava. He was Assistant to the Bishop at the time of his election to the episcopacy.
João Somane Machado was elected to the episcopacy in 1988. The consecration ceremony was held in Lubumbashi on August 19, 1988. Bishop Machado was assigned to the Mozambique area where he served until his retirement in 2008.
He is married to Nocia Madonela Machado and they have four children.