Musa Gideon Mitekaro was born in the town of Kasulu, Tanzania, East Africa, a member of the HAA tribe. He speaks Swahili, English, German, French, and HAA. He is married to Winfrida Mitekaro. The Mitekaro's have three children, Fadhili, Gideon, and Josiah.


Musa studied at Theologische Hocheshule Friedensau, Germany, from 1991-1996.  He received his Masters of Theology and Certificate of German Language and Literature.  He studied at West Indies College (currently Caribbean University), Mandeville, Jamaica from 1989-1991, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Languages.  He also studied at Pakistan Adventist College, and Tanzania Adventist College and Seminary, Tanzania.


Pastor Mitekaro officially began his ministry in 1985 as pastor of the Mbeya Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Kasulu District.  In November 1996 he was appointed as a professor at the University of Arusha.  In 1997 he also assumed the role of registrar, and in 2003, dean of the School of Theology, as well as lecturer.  In 2007 he became chaplain and lecturer at the University of Arusha.  He was ministerial director for the Tanzania Union Mission of Seventh-day Adventists.  In 2015 he was appointed as director of the Ministerial Association and Family Ministries for the East-Central African Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  He will be serving the church in Tanzania and Kenya, as well as Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eretria, North and South Suday, Uganda, Republic of the Congo, and Zaire.  His wife, Winfrida, has been appointed to direct the Shepherdess Association, working with pastors' wives and their children.