African Bible University
A Brief History
This unique educational institution is not new to Africa. The original version for the university began in the hearts and minds of Dr. and Mrs. John W. Chinchen. After spending seven years training pastors in the interior of Liberia, the Chinchens realized the great need for university-level educational institutions that would respond to the need of the large number of secondary school graduates in Africa. In 1975, the vision became a reality when the first of the African Bible Colleges began in Liberia, West Africa. A second university opened in 1991 in the Central African country of Malawi. In due time, both of these universities were recognized by the governments of their respective countries as accredited, degree-granting institutions.
Now the way has opened for the third of these Christ-centered universities in the strategically-located East African country of Uganda. From this vantage-point, African Bible University offers quality education from a Christian perspective to many surrounding countries. Presently we have students from the countries of Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi.
To learn more about the history and vision click on African Bible Colleges.
ABU - Uganda
The degree program at this university is a four-year program in either Biblical Studies or Christian Community Leadership. Both of these programs can be done with an emphasis in either Communication, Education or Bible Translation. So in addition to a solid Bible core curriculum, students also receive a wide range of liberal arts courses make their studies well-rounded and applicable to countless areas of work they may pursue upon graduation.
Training Servant Leaders
Our main goal is to raise up Christ-like leaders who will not only go out and make an impact on their own nations for the gospel, but also ones who will lead with gentleness, humility, and grace like our Lord Jesus did here on earth. It's often a rare sight to see people with a "degree" who are willing to roll up their shirt sleeves and get dirty for the sake of the gospel. We challenge our students to use what they've been entrusted with not only for their own benefit, but mainly to take up their cross and follow Christ's example, ministering to others as He did, in such ways like washing each others' feet.
We wish to send out ambassadors who have not only hidden God's Word in their hearts, but who can think critically, and are able to evaluate and challenge their own cultures. They need to be able to apply and communicate the unchangeable Truths of God's Word to an ever-changing world all around them.
It's such a priviledge to work with those who will be the future leaders of these African countries, and to know that we can play a small part in building them up in the body of Christ to influence the world in a godly way in the future. Considering the corruption facing many of the these countries presently, this is no small task!
The Campus Life
ABU in Uganda is a residential campus, where the faculty and staff all live on the campus and can interact with the students in more ways that just in the classroom. Because we all live side by side together in community we interact on spiritual and social levels as well as academically. It is also an international and interdenominational community as well, with students from varied backgrounds. Some are from the cities, others from quite rural locations, some have just graduated from high school, others have already earned previous degrees or have been serving as pastors, teachers, businessmen, etc. for numerous years in their home communities. During the four years a student spends here, they grow and interact with each other along with faculty and staff during meals, recreation, ministry opportunties, study sessions and countless other ways.