The late Anasi Lupunga, who later became one of the first indigenous Baptist pastors to be ordained in 1953 together with Paul Kasonga and Bob Litana, was born in 1896 from a family of four and he was the second born.

Pastor Shibemba was well established at Chimwemwe Baptist Church in Kitwe, which became his launching pad for many of his church planting activities. He participated in many Baptist churches which started on the Copperbelt, before the birth of the Baptist Convention of Zambia in 1974 working with the Southern Baptist Convention missionaries and other Zambian Baptist leaders.

In 1909, Anasi with other older men went to Bulawayo to look for employment. Anasi was working for a European who was a supervisor of Southern Rhodesia Railways. After working for four years, the other older men whom he had gone with decided to go back home to Kafulafuta, Anasi’s employer did not receive this decision well.

The Baptist Convention of Zambia (BCZ) is among the major Baptist groupings in Zambia with churches both in urban and rural areas spread in all the provinces of Zambia.

The first graduation ceremony of the Baptist Seminary on Twin Palm Road in Lusaka was held on August 6, 1972. The main speaker at this occasion was the first President of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda. There was a very good attendance of Baptists of the Lusaka churches and other Christians from other denominations.

Pastor Shibemba was well established at Chimwemwe Baptist Church in Kitwe, which became his launching pad for many of his church planting activities. He participated in many Baptist churches which started on the Copperbelt, before the birth of the Baptist Convention of Zambia in 1974 working with the SBC missionaries and other Zambian Baptist leaders.

 

Waddy Shibemba Biography