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, terms scheduled in six week segments, that allows students to continue ministering at their churches while they complete their training.

The Impact

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 includes both men and women primarily 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 Charles Buregeya Mugisha. Religious leaders from FOBACOR and the largest denominations in Rwanda have chosen to receive training at ACT.

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Africa College of Theology - Africa New Life MinistriesProfessors at the Africa College of Theology come from both East Africa and the United States. Currently, Dr. Obed Rubaiza seres as the Principal of ACT, with pastor Charles Mugisha, founder of Africa New Life, serving as Chancellor in the administration and teaching students in class. Volunteers led by Dr. Garry Friesen of Multnomah University 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:

  • Bible Certificate – Theological instruction for non-English speaking pastors. Current enrollment: 10 students
  • Diploma – 2 year college preparatory training in Bible, Theology, and English. Current enrollment: 20 students
  • Bachelor’s in Bible & Theology – Internationally accredited, American equivalency. Current enrollment: 60 students
  • There are 15 part-time students between all three options.


$3,100, or about $260 per month, sends one ACT student to school for a year.

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