Nearly 900 million people, of whom 45% are under 15 years of age, live in Africa, a continent that is bigger than the USA, India, Europe, China, Argentina and New Zealand combined.

In a few spots on the continent, the history of the Church of the Nazarene, which is now present in 162 world areas, is as long as that of the denomination itself. From its small beginnings in West and Southern Africa, the work of the denomination on the continent has grown and expanded to 34 of the 54 independent African countries. The South became the hub from where, in the eighties, the church rapidly stretched out to Central, Eastern, and Western Africa. More than 611,000 Nazarenes in over 8,600 churches and preaching points, organized in 115 districts and 15 pioneer areas, constitute the Africa Region..

Globalization is facilitating the rapid population growth of Africa. In partnership with the other members of the Nazarene family worldwide, African Nazarenes face the challenges of the growing population, certain that Jesus is the hope of Africa. Under His command to “Make disciples of all Nations,” the Church of the Nazarene ministers to children, youth and adults. The mandate is carried out through the proclamation of the Biblical truth about God and man, and with the resolve to equip and empower every African Nazarene for service, first to their own people group, and then for cross-cultural ministry.

  • literature production (in over 40 languages)
  • radio programmes (in 16 languages)
  • Sunday School, youth and children’s discipleship, and mission awareness materials
  • JESUS Film for church planting
  • Compassionate actions for victims of war, pandemics, natural disasters and poverty.


Our Missionaries Serving in Africa


Allen, David and Jennifer Anderson, Dan and Melody
Carr, Phil and Monica Carvalho, Danilo and Maria
Carvalho, Fernando and Ana Maria Chaguala, Admirado and Celeste
Choliye, Ermias and Mulu Crofford, Greg and Amy
Eby, Tim and Michelle Elliott, Collin and Shireen
Fothergill, Gavin and Jill Frazier, Russ and Carla
Ganda, Friday and Mary Gardner, Don and Evie
Gonzalez, Camilo and Sara Heath, Joseph and Beth
Height, Jeremy and Reetu Ibanda, Milly and Agnes
Katanga, Evans and Njeri Marshall, Matt and Sara
Martinez, Mario and Irma Miller, Ronald and Shelly
Mtambo, Paul and Beatrice Mutowa, Cosmas and Andronica
Obotte, Wellington and Hellen Phillips, Stephen
Reed, Rod and Sarah Shelby, Grace
Sidle, Gary and Penney Stanton, Daryll and Verna
Ward, Verne and Rahel