Welcome to Justo Mwale
Reverend Justo Mwale was the first Zambian to be pastor in the Reformed Church in Zambia (from 1929). Since the church’s theological training moved to Lusaka at the end of the 1960s, the institution has opened its doors to other churches, brought the academic standards and accreditation to an internationally accepted level, contextualised the curriculum, expanded its infrastructure and built relationships with a multitude of similar institutions, churches and individuals. In 2008 the Zambian Ministry of Education awarded Justo Mwale Theological College university status. By expanding the student numbers through additional academic programs the institution was renamed Justo Mwale University in 2015.
Changes in the religious landscape – like mushrooming churches, prophets walking on air, miracles and deliverance – affect every one of us in Zambia. Therefore, the public lecture by prof. Benno van den Toren entitled 'African Neo-Pentecostalism in the Face of Secularisation: Problems and Possibilities' was indeed very timely. Students, lecturers and visiting pastors from various churches heard about the phenomenon of neo-Pentecostalism and its challenges. Prof. Van den Toren is professor in Intercultural Theology at the Protestant Theological University (PthU) in the Netherlands. He is currently visiting Zambia to strengthen the ties between the PthU and Justo Mwale University.
On May 9 Justo Mwale University held the annual graduation ceremony. This year, fourteen students graduated as Bachelor of Theology, and ten students received the title Master of Theology. More than 120 other students graduated in several distance and semi-residential programmes. An achievement to be proud of!
It's official: Justo Mwale Theological University College has become a registered university. This reflects our ambition to branch out and offer programmes in subjects like education, management and humanities. Therefore, from now on, you will find us under the name Justo Mwale University!
This year we have again been blessed with guest lecturers who leave their own busy schedule for a few weeks to teach the students in the Bachelor of Theology. We thank dr. Kent van Til for guiding the students in questions of ethics and morality; and dr. Marty Soards (see photo) for introducing them to the New Testament.