The Coptic Orthodox is the oldest church in the world. It was founded by St. Mark the Evangelist, author of the second gospel in Alexandria, Egypt in the year 61 A.D. The word “Copt” means Egyptian. Copts are the native Christians of Egypt and the direct descendants of the ancient Egyptians who were converted to Christianity by St. Mark.
The first Coptic Orthodox Church in Kenya was established in Nairobi, in 1976, and by the grace of God, it has grown tremendously over the years. Today Kenya has 50 churches, shepherded by 15 priests and 260 deacons. There are a number of projects and ministries in Kenya including the Coptic Hospital and Hope Center in Nairobi, the Orphans Project, the Street Children's Projec (Raha Kids), the Theological School and much more.
The Coptic Hospital has been in existence in both Kenya and Zambia since the 1970s, and both locations are highly regarded and well known for offering high quality medical care at affordable rates. Both hospitals are strategically located on main roads and are easily accessible by particularly poor slum communities. The hospitals offer inpatient and outpatient services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.