Department of Theology
About the department
The 1988 General Conference of the United Methodist Church approved the establishment of Africa University. In March 1992 the Department of Theology and the Department of Agricultural Sciences became the two founding Faculties of Africa University. Subsequently, the first class of the Bachelor of Divinity degree programme was opened to nine students, under the leadership of the founding dean, Prof. David K. Yemba, who in 2005 was elected the Bishop of Central Congo Episcopal Area and in 2008 became the Chancellor of Africa University. In January 2005, Rev Dr. Beauty R. Maenzanise succeeded him, becoming the first female dean of the Faculty.
From its humble beginnings at the farm house the Department has grown in every respect. Since 2002 the faculty is housed in the J.Lawrence McClesky building, thanks to a donation from the South Carolina Annual Conference. There has also been an increase in the number of programmes that the Department offers. Besides the Bachelor of Divinity degree programme, the Department now offers the Master of Theological Studies and the Masters of Arts in Religious Studies. Preparations to offer a doctoral programme are at an advanced stage. The student enrolment has increased to 75 students every year. The staff establishment has also increased four to nine.
FMA offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive MBA degrees for African managers and administrators. The MBA is offered on a full-time basis over a period of 18 months. The Executive MBA is offered on a part-time basis (meeting on selected weekends).
The vision of the Department of Theology from which it derives its mandate is to be a world -class institution for theological education and pastoral training for Africa and the world over.
The mission of the Department of Theology is “to prepare women and men to be servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1Cor 4:1) for the work of the Church of Jesus Christ, in Africa and the world.
The Faculty currently has one undergraduate programme, the Bachelor of Divinity Honours (BD Hons) and two graduate programmes, Master in Religious Studies (MA) Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S).
Basic Entry Requirements
5 ‘O’ level passes including English Language. At least two GCE Advanced level passes or a relevant Diploma in Theology or Religious Studies.
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Maaraidzo E. Mutambara
- Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies, Illiff School of Theology & the University of Denver, Colorado (USA).
- M.T.S., in Theology and Ethics, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachussetts (USA)
- M.A. in Theology, The University of Zimbabwe
- B.A Honours in Religious Studies, The University of Zimbabwe
- B.A General in Religious Studies & History, The University of Zimbabwe
Areas of Interests
African Social Ethics, Disability and Theological Education.
The Church, Gender and Environmental challenges in Zimbabwe.
Religion and Health in the Zimbabwe context
- Maaraidzo E. Mutambara & Traci C. “Intersections: A Zimbabwe-US Class “ In Intersectionality in Theological Education Spotlight on Theological Education Spotlight on Theological Education, edited by Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner; Religious Studies News • April 2015.
- M. E. Mutambara, “African Women Theologies Critique Inculturation.” In Inculturation and Postcolonial Discourse in African Theology edited by E. Antonio, 173-192. New York: Peter Lang, 2006.
- M. E. Mutambara, “The Development Approach of the Zimbabwe Council of Churches: A Case Study of Women’s Training and Development Department.” In Digging Up Our Foremothers Stories of Women in Africa, C. Landman (ed.), 167-182. Pretoria: UNISA Press, 1996.
Professor John W.Z. Kurewa
- PhDNorthwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
- MA (Northwestern university, USA))
- BD (Garrett Theological Seminary, USA)
- BA (Asbury College, USA)
- Cert. Th. (United Theological College, Zimbabwe)
Areas of Interests
Evangelism Preaching Theology
- African Pastor-Teachers: A Brief History of United Methodist Evangelism in Zimbabwe 1901-1921(Salty Print, South Africa: 2011).
- An African Pilgrimage on Evangelism: A Historical Study of the Various Approaches to Evangelism in Africa (100-2000 CE), Salty Print, South Africa, 2011).
- Labouring Side by Side: The Local Church as the Most Significant Arena for Disciple-Making.
- Drumbeats of Salvation in Africa: A Study of Biblical and Theological Bases of the Ministry of Evangelism in Africa (Mutare: Africa University, 2007).
- Preaching and Cultural Identity: Proclaiming the Gospel in Africa (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2000).
- Biblical Proclamation for Africa Today (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995).
- African Religion: The Quarry of the Rock of Monotheism (Salty Print, South Africa, 2013).
- The Church in Mission: A Short History of The United Methodist Church in Zimbabwe, 1897-1997 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1997).
- Introducing Theology to the Laity (currently under review for publication for African Ministry Series” in the USA (2016).
Co-authored chapters in the following books:
- “The Biblical, Theological and Wesleyan Foundations for Evangelization and Church Growth in Africa”, Evangelization and Church Growth in Africa the African Context (Nashville: Friendship Resources, 2014).
- Making Disciples in a World Parish, ed., Paul Chilcote, (WIPF & Stock Publishers, 2011).
- “Building the Church in Africa: Church Planting as an Inclusive Praxis”, Considering the Great Commission, (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2005.
- The Global Wesleyan Dictionary of Theology, 2013.
- T&T Clark Companion to Methodism, ed., Charles Yrigoyen, Jr., (New York: T&T Clark International, 2010).
- “The Gospel and Culture in Africa”, Reflections on Christian Faith: An African Context (Mutare: African University Press, 2003).
- “The Meaning of African Theology,” Journal of Theology for Southern Africa (July 1975, No. 11, 32-44.
- “Who Do You Say I Am?” International Review of Missions (World Council of Churches Publication, 1979), 15-17.
- “Conversion In The African Context”, International Review of Missions (World Council of Churches Publication, 1980), 161-166.
- Evangelization in Africa: Dynamics of Amazing Growth, New World Outlook (May/June, 2007
Thomas T. Munengwa
- PhD candidate (University of Pretoria)
- Licentiate in Sacred Scripture (LSS) (Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome)
- Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (Milltown Institute, Dublin, Ireland)
- BA Honours in Religious Studies (University of Zimbabwe)
- Diploma in Philosophy (Chishawasha Seminary, Zimbabwe
Areas of Interests
Biblical Studies – Old and New Testament, Biblical Languages – Hebrew and Greek and Wisdom Literature, Prophecy, and The Gospels
Nday Mwanabute Bondo
- PhD Candidate (UNISA)
- MA in Religious Studies (Africa University, Zimbabwe)
- BD Hons (Africa University, Zimbabwe)
- BSc Vet. Medicine (Lubumbashi, DRC)
Areas Of Interest
- Practical Theology
- Church Administration
- Pastoral Care and Counselling
- Moving in Harmony – An Updated Polity for the United Methodist Church in Africa, 2011
- The Church and its Mission: A case Study of The North Katanga Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church- Dissertation at the Masters’ level
- De l’epidemiologie de l’anaplasmose: Cas de la Compagnie Pastorale du Haut-Lomami-Project in Bachelor of Sciences in Veterinary Medicine