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ISBN: 9781783685455
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 13
Publication Date: 14/02/2019
Pages: 246
Series: Africa Society of Evangelical Theology Series
Language: English

Governance and Christian Higher Education in the African Context


Integrity, pastoral care and authority lie at the heart of Christian leadership and indeed, following Jesus in any capacity, and they are also critical in state governance and Christian higher education. The articles in this book, the product of the 2017 conference of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology, address these themes and other topics relating to the spheres of government and education in Africa to enhance our understanding of the challenges faced in African contexts. A wide range of Christian scholar-leaders provide a way forward for other church and institutional leaders who are seeking to faithfully fulfill their responsibilities of stewardship and instruction. Corruption, civil disobedience, good governance and formation of Christian leaders are matters that are becoming increasingly relevant not only in many African countries but across the world, and this book is a valuable resource for thoughtful reflection and guidance on these important subjects.

Author Bios

David K. Ngaruiya
(Edited By)

DAVID K. NGARUIYA is an Associate Professor and former Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Director of PhD in Theological Studies Program at International Leadership University. He holds a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He served as chair of the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology (2015–2016). He has published journal and book articles and served as co-editor and contributor to Communities of Faith in Africa and African Diaspora (Pickwick Publications, 2013) and was a director of the research study that produced African Christian Leadership (Langham Global Library, 2019).

Rodney L. Reed
(Edited By)

RODNEY L. REED is a missionary educator who has been serving at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya, since 2001. Currently, he is the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs, a position he has held since 2010. Prior to that, he served as the Chair of the Department of Religion for nine years. He holds a PhD in Theological Ethics from Drew University and is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.


The topics discussed, in the light of Kenya and Africa, are contemporary and urgently relevant. Many of the perspectives are informed by research making the discussions inviting, interesting, often incisive, and worth reflecting on by any leader in similar contexts. The volume is a useful tool for anyone interested in sharpening and deepening their personal reflection, perspective and approach to a Christ-honouring leadership style.

Margaret Jepkirui Muthwii, PhD
Vice Chancellor,
Pan Africa Christian University

Governance and Christian Higher Education in the African Context is one of the books that explores the commonalities and convergences of realities in Christian higher education in Africa. I commend it to Christian institutions of higher learning and the churches that form the boards of those institutions. This book will also be of value for students as they endeavor to research and write and make thinking visible. It is both engaging and coherent, and it charts the important area of Christian higher education and it brings it into fruitful conversation in Christian theology.

Esther Mombo, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Theology,
St Paul’s University

Table of Contents

  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. Part I: Christianity and Governance
    1. 1. Resisting Authority in Twenty-First-Century Kenya: An Analysis and Application of Romans 13:1–7
      1. David Bawks
    2. 2. The Corruption Menace in Kenya and How Christians Should Respond
      1. Samuel Oketch
    3. 3. Elements of Political Engagement in Emerging Urban Pentecostal Movements in Kenya
      1. Kyama Mugambi
    4. 4. Promoting Biblical Principles of Good Governance in Africa
      1. Paul M. Mbandi
  4. Part II: Christian Higher Education
    1. 5. Effect of Numerical Church Growth on Pastoral Care and Administration
      1. Elkanah Kiprop Cheboi
    2. 6. Integration of Faith, Life, and Academia to Achieve Transformational Education
      1. Elizabeth Mburu
    3. 7. Integrating a Biblical Worldview and STEM: Implications for the Kenyan Public University and Theological Education
      1. Kevin Muriithi
    4. 8. Susanna Wesley: What Can She Teach Christian Educators in Africa?
      1. Gregory Crofford
    5. 9. Effects of the Transition of Theological Seminaries in Kenya to Universities on Their Evangelical Christian Identity: An Inquiry into Africa International University
      1. Harriet Akugizibwe Caroline Kintu
    6. 10. Educational Liturgy: Towards Innovation, Creativity, and Devotion
      1. Robert D. Falconer
    7. 11. The Strengths and Weaknesses of Christian Higher Education in Africa
      1. Rodney L. Reed
  5. List of Contributors


David Bawks

DAVID BAWKS is a minister with Nairobi Chapel, having served in Kenya since 2008. He graduated from Wheaton College, IL, with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical/Theological Studies and History, then went on to complete a Master of Divinity at Africa International University. Previously, he taught at Carlile College and led the Nairobi Chapel Tyrannus Hall training ministry. Currently he leads a new church plant at Nairobi Chapel Karen.

Samuel Otieno Oketch

SAMUEL OTIENO OKETCH has been the Nazarene Compassionate Ministries Africa East Field Coordinator since March 2012. He previously served in the HIV and AIDS department in the same ministry from November 2004. Oketch attended Africa Nazarene University between 1999 and 2003, and attained a bachelor’s degree in Theology. In 2005, he graduated with a master of arts in Religion from the same university, and is currently a student in the doctor of ministry program at Africa Nazarene University. Oketch is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.

Kyama M. Mugambi

KYAMA MUGAMBI is an associate researcher with the Centre for World Christianity at the Africa International University (AIU). He also serves as the Editorial Manager of the African Theological Network Press (ATNP). Prior to this he was the director of Africa-wide church-planting initiatives at the Mavuno Church. His PhD from AIU is in World Christianity, focusing on leadership in African Christian revitalization movements. His research interests include African Pentecostalism, current issues in African Christianity, and the role of faith in public life.

Paul M. Mbandi

PAUL M. MBANDI is the Executive Director of Missions Afield Leadership Development Africa (MALDA) and the leader of the PhD in Theological Studies program at International Leadership University in Nairobi, Kenya. He holds a PhD in Theological Studies from Trinity International University.

Elkanah Kiprop Cheboi

Elkanah Kiprop Cheboi holds a PhD in Theological Studies (New Testament) from Africa International University, Nairobi, Kenya. Currently, he is a lecturer in Theology and Biblical Studies at Kabarak University, Kenya. In the past, he served as a local church pastor and as a chaplain in a mission hospital and nursing college. He is also the Founder and Director of ShahidiHub Africa, a Christian organization that deals with news perspectives, Christian research and publications.

Kevin Muriithi

KEVIN MURIITHI serves two congregations in Loresho Parish as a youth pastor in the Presbyterian Church. Having studied and worked as an electrical engineer in energy and power systems, he was awarded an MA in Biblical and Theological Studies at the International Leadership University with highest honors. As a co-founder of Apologetics Kenya, he has presented and written papers for several institutions and publications, including the Africa Bible Commentary, in addition to his book A Curious Faith: Love, Loss and Living. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the Pan Africa Christian University. He is married to Jessica Murugi Muriithi and they reside in Nairobi.

Elizabeth Mburu

ELIZABETH MBURU was the first woman to gain a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, North Carolina, USA. She is an Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek at International Leadership University, Africa International University and Pan-Africa Christian University in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr Mburu is on the board of the Africa Bible Commentary and is the editorial coordinator and New Testament editor for its revision, as well as the Africa Regional Coordinator for Langham Literature. Professor Mburu is also the author of Qumran and the Origins of Johannine Language and Symbolism, T & T Clark, 2010 and a contributor to all three books published so far in the Africa Society of Evangelical Theology Series from Langham Global Library: Christianity and Suffering, 2017, African Contextual Realities, 2018, and Governance and Christian Higher Education in the African Context, 2019.

J. Gregory Crofford

J. GREGORY CROFFORD is in his third decade of missionary service, having worked in educational and church development roles in four sub-Saharan African nations and Haiti. Currently, he is Dean of the School of Religion and Christian Ministry at Africa Nazarene University, where he is also Coordinator of the PhD (Religion) program. Dr Crofford received his PhD (Theology) from the University of Manchester (UK) with a focus on Wesleyan theology. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.

Harriet Akugizibwe Caroline Kintu

HARRIET AKUGIZIBWE CAROLINE KINTU has been a missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ International (Cru) since 1996. She is currently a lecturer at International Leadership University, formerly known as Nairobi International School of Theology (NIST). Harriet is a PhD candidate (Education Curriculum and Instruction) at Africa International University. She holds a master of education (Curriculum and Instruction) from Africa International University, a master of arts in Biblical Counseling from Nairobi International School of Theology, and a bachelor of arts with education from Makerere University Kampala. Before joining NIST in 2000, Harriet trained and mentored new Cru staff for the Southern and Eastern Africa region. She is married to Moses Kintu (PhD) and they have three teenage sons.

Robert Falconer

Robert Falconer was born and raised in South Africa and is a Theologian who holds degrees in architecture and theology. Following periods of practicing architecture in Scotland and South Africa, he and his wife spent time working as missionaries in Kenya before returning to make their home back in South Africa. He is the Head of Student Research at the South African Theological Seminary and has a wide range of research interests and ideas, which he shares with the lay person through his series of blogs, sermons, and books, in addition to publishing academic papers.

Robert lives in St Francis Bay, South Africa, with his wife Catherine and their sons Ezekiel and Gabriel. You can follow him on his blog at

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