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In 1972 he was ordained titular Bishop of Natrun, Assistant Bishop of the Metropolis Eirenoupolis.
30th 1979 Bishop George (Gathuna) was defrocked, caused by what he called a problem of leadership and authority. However, the Patriarchate accused him of a lack of vision.
Following his defrocking Bishop George (Gathuna) joined a schismatic group under a bishop in Greece that followed the old calendar (Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili - [[Holy Synod in Resistance]]). Several other Orthodox Christians in Kenya followed him.