First Kuki woman ordained, reverend Kim Vaiphei Haokip no more
Dr reverend Kim Vaiphei was the first Kuki woman to have passed BD and the first woman president of Manipur Baptist Convention.
One among the founders of Manipur Methodist Church, Dr reverend Kim Vaiphei (Haokip) passed away at her Yoko villa at Phaipijang Hebron Veng, Langol in Imphal at around 12:00 am on Thursday.
She was 66. She is survived by husband pastor Obadiah Haokip and family. She received an eternal home call and she departed for her heavenly abode after a prolonged illness.
Born on November 11, 1954, Dr reverend Kim Vaiphei Haokip is the youngest daughter of (L) pastor Tongkholam Vaiphei and (L) Lenkhoneng Tuboi Vaiphei. She was an educated MA (Pol.Sc) and a doctorate degree holder in Theology.
She was the first Kuki woman to have passed BD and the first woman president of Manipur Baptist Convention. She was also the first Kuki woman to have passed M.Th (Master of Theology) and the first Kuki woman to have Pastor Ordination and also the first woman parish pastor in the state.
She was also the first woman in Manipur to have passed Ph.D in Theology and the first district superintendent in Methodist Church of India.
She had served as women secretary in Kuki Baptist Convention for several years before the convention sent her as Women Secretary of Manipur Baptist Convention for 10 years on deputation. She also served as pastor in KBC till 2010.
After she had founded the Methodist Church of India in Manipur on October 10, 2010, she became the first Executive Secretary.
She had also authored several books including the coming of Christianity in Manipur: with special reference to the Kukis (1995).
Her normal funeral service was held at Chingmeirong Christian cemetery, Imphal following strict COVID guidelines.
Many mourned the untimely demise of Dr reverend Kim Vaiphei Haokip while sharing the pain and grief of the bereaved family.