COVID-19 locks down theological education in Africa

By Jurgens Hendriks Over the past couple of days, I have helped 42 theological schools across Africa in applying for assistance from Barnabas Fund. On Friday, May 8th I received an urgent, heart-wrenching email from the principal of one such school in Luanda, Angola: “Have you heard anything yet, brother? We are running out of […]

University’s Malawi Partnership Celebrates First Graduates

Thirteen students from Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe graduated in MTh Ministry Studies at a colourful ceremony on February 7. The ceremony took place in Zomba, Malawi, and was attended by the Rev Prof Andrew Clarke and the Rev Dr Ken Jeffrey, of the Centre for Ministry Studies at Aberdeen University.

Themes in African Church History

The Protestant missionary movements of the 19th and early 20th centuries have for some time come under severe criticism both by many Western scholars and an in­creasing number of their African peers. Protestant missionaries are charged with displacing indigenous African cultures and supporting the political and economic colonisation on the African continent. Writing from a […]

The Ever-increasing Excitement

PHOTO: the 2019 Group. By Zechariah Manyok The OCRPL (Oxford Centre for Religion and Public Life []) doctoral programme in collaboration with Stellenbosch and Pretoria Universities is getting more exciting each time. First, Stellenbosch University is matching the standard that I was yearning for. My supervisors at Stellenbosch and OCRPL, Prof. Dion A. Forster and […]

NetACT Regional Workshop at Igbaja in Kwara State Nigeria

PHOTO: NetACT participants at the Regional Conference ECWA Theological Seminary, Igbaja, Nigeria. Dr Stephen Baba, Provost of ECWA Theological Seminary Igbaja (ETSI) is ready to welcome the 15 theological schools from Nigeria as well as one from  the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the Nigeria regional workshop. It is actually two workshops: one deals […]

Addressing the challenges of the African Church through research.

The fourth seminar of the OCRPL/Stellenbosch University Ph D programme met at the Theology Faculty of Stellenbosch University from September 2. They are photographed here with the Dean, Research Director and Members of the Theology Faculty of Stellenbosch University on the steps of the faculty building. Read more at

Manasse Matiquele Received his Doctorate Degree

Reverend Manasse Matiquele, the Rector of HEFSIBA, Institute for Christian Higher Education (ICHE) in Mozambique (, received his Doctorate in Theology from the North West University in Potchefstroom on Friday 24th of May 2019. This was a historic moment as it was the first pastor from the Reformed Church in Mozambique to receive a Doctorate […]

Congratulations on your PhD graduation Dr Miguel Nobre

We congratulate Dr Nobre, lecturer at HEFSIBA in Northwest-Mozambique with his PhD that he received from the Faculty of Theology, North West University, Potchefstroom Campus on 18 July 2019. His thesis was about “The calling of the Reformed Church in Mozambique towards gender equality in church and society.” Miguel Nobre was born in Central Mozambique […]

Welcoming a new House Administrator at Weidenhof House, Stellenbosch.

Weidenhof House, the International House for postgraduate students at Stellenbosch, has good and bad news. The bad news is that Teresa David, House Administrator (HA) from Febr 2017, returned to Angola after completing her MTh in April 2019. She has married a Presbyterian Pastor, Baptista Panda, and will continue her PhD work from Luanda.  We […]

A happy reunion!

Three programme coordinators: (see photo from left to right) Jurgens Hendriks from the NetACT Office in Stellenbosch, Japhet Ndhlovu from the United Church in Canada (UCC) and Nico Mostert from the NetACT Office in Bloemfontein met in March 2019 in Stellenbosch. Let’s first introduce Japhet Ndhlovu. Born and educated in Zambia, he served as General […]