Fewer than five percent of Rwandan pastors have received formal theological training. This lack of training leaves most pastors in Rwanda poorly equipped to lead and disciple their existing congregations. Africa College of Theology (ACT) provides non-traditional biblical education using a flexible, blended learning format in terms scheduled in six week segments. This format and schedule allows students to continue ministering at their churches while they complete their training.
Below is a video of Pastor Sam who prayed for the opportunity to attend the Africa College of Theology. Pastor Sam shares his experience of becoming a servant leader and learning the value of good character through his training. Africa College of Theology is transforming leaders and is blessing the nation of Rwanda.
Video by Justin Nunes of Parkway Community Church in Fairfield, California.
The Africa College of Theology student body is composed of men and women from Rwanda and give surrounding countries: Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Burundi, and Nigeria. Many of these students are currently serving as pastors and ministers in their churches while acquiring theological training. Many are associated with the Forum of Born Again Churches of Rwanda (FOBACOR), a network of hundreds of emerging Rwandan churches spanning various denominations led by Africa New Life President Dr. Charles Mugisha. Religious leaders from FOBACOR and the largest denominations in Rwanda have chosen to receive training at ACT. A number of additional students attend ACT’s English and TOEFL training classes and CPA certification program.
Professors at the Africa College of Theology come from both East Africa and the United States. Currently, Johnson Karamuzi serves as the Director of ACT, with Dr. Charles Mugisha, founder and president of Africa New Life, serves as Chancellor in the administration and teaches classes. Volunteers led by Dr. Garry Friesen of Multnomah University (Portland, Oregon) have collected and prepared a 20,000-volume theological library for ACT. This library, one of the largest in Rwanda, will provide unprecedented resources for pastors and the public.
Every Africa College of Theology student pays for a small portion of his or her own education, but scholarships are needed for each student to help fill the gap in the program costs. All sponsorships and scholarships are administered through Africa New Life to help cover all program costs for the college (faculty, building expenses, classroom materials, room and board, etc.).
The ACT program offers:
- Certificate in Christian Ministry: theological instruction for non-English-speaking pastors. Currently 14 students enrolled.
- Special Certificate in Bible & Theology: Currently 15 students enrolled.
- Diploma in Bible & Theology: 2-year college preparatory training in Bible, theology, and English. Currently 40 students enrolled.
- Bachelor of Arts in Theology & Christian Leadership: internationally-accredited bachelor’s program with American equivalency. Currently 118 students enrolled.
- TOEFL and English training
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA) training
- College discipleship program
- Leadership/training partnerships with ministries and organizations including the John Maxwell Training Center, Mending the Soul, EQUIP Leadership, and Eastern University’s Global Leadership and Development program
In 2016, there were 125 students enrolled in ACT’s traditional certificate and degree programs. In 2017, 190 students are enrolled in these programs. Through ACT’s additional training programs and class offerings, the school reaches an additional 500 people each year.
$3,100, or about $260 per month, sends one ACT student to school for a year.Give to Africa College of Theology