The Rev. Dr. Cheni Khonje was born in Malawi and became a political refugee when she was less than a month old. She and her siblings grew up in Lusaka, Zambia and Hilversum, the Netherlands. Her mother's job with the United Nations moved the family to New York City. The Rev. Khonje received her BA from Chadron State College in Nebraska. She holds a Master's degree in Medical Microbiology from Long Island University. Answering the Lord's call, Rev. Khonje graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 2007, and from United Lutheran Seminary with a Doctor of Ministry degree in May 2018. Cheni joined the Wayne Presbyterian Church staff as Interim Associate Pastor for Congregational Care in January 2019.