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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Dr. D. Bishau
- PhD in Arts (Religious Studies)
Areas of Interests
Dr. 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.
Dr. O. Achar
- PhD in Religion
Areas Of Interest
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