The Zambian Baptist History Timeline

1905

  •  William Arthur Phillips and Henry Masters set up Kafulafuta Missions

1913

  • Joseph Doke and his son, Clement, conduct fact finding misssion to Kafulafuta

 1914

  • Clement Doke returns as missionary to Kafulafuta with Mr and Mrs German

1916

  • Olive Doke, Clement Doke's sister, joins the missionaries at Kafulafuta
  • The oldest Baptist church building in Zambia, which is situated in Kafulafuta, is opened

1921

  • Clement Doke leaves the mission field in Kafulafuta to return to South Africa due to his wife’s ill health

1924

  • Britain takes over the government of Northern Rhodesia

1929

  • Mrs J J Doke dies on her way to Kafulafuta just as her husband had done

1930

  • Anton Johansson and David Ericsson of the Scandinavian Independent Baptist Union (SIBU) visit Lambaland to see if they could settle and serve there.

1931

  • Swedish Baptists take over Mpongwe Mission from the Kafulafuta Missionaries
  • Ndola Free Church (now Ndola Baptist Church) opens along Broadway in Ndola
  • Paul Kasonga becomes the first indigenous leader to lead the Kafulafuta Mission
  • Anton and Signe Johansson with their three children, together with Elsa Borg, arrive in Mpongwe for the first time.
  • Petilo Mulela returns to Ipumbu from studies in Kafulafuta and starts a local church at Katangala’s village where his wife came from

1935 

  • South African Baptist Missionary Society (SABMS) opens Fiwale Mission and moves its headquarters there
  • Enar Holmgren arrives as a 23 year old SIBU missionary in Mpongwe

1937

  • Elsa Borg dies of blackwater fever at Mpongwe’s new mission outpost in Mikata

1941

  • Enar Holmgren marries Anna Olsson at the church in Ndola that later became Ndola Baptist Church

1943

  • A Baptist church is planted at Chikondola in the Bulima area by the Holmgrens

1949

  • Mutaka Baptist Church is planted in Kankolonkola near the Funda stream
  • Enar Holmgren is made missionary in charge of the Mpongwe Mission after he returned with his family from a two-year furlough in Sweden

1950

  • Chitaba Baptist Church is planted through the efforts of Mr Kalikome

1953

  • Ndola Baptist Church is formed with nineteen founding members
  • First Baptist pastors (Bob Litana, Paul Kasonga and Anasi Lupunga) are ordained

1954

  • Paul Kasonga dies

1955

  • The Baptist Mission of Rhodesia decides to extend their work to Northern Rhodesia

1956

  • A more permanent Baptist church building is opened in Mpongwe

1958

  • The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland is formed
  • Signe, the wife of missionary Anton Johansson, dies of typhoid in Mpongwe

1959

  • The first two Southern Baptist Missionaries (Smalls and Mosses) arrive in Kitwe
  • The Baptist Union of Central Africa is formed

1960

  • The complete Lamba Bible is presented to the Lamba church
  • Lusaka Baptist Church is constituted after five years of church planting work

1961

  • John Mutobola becomes pastor of Chitaba Baptist Church and also functions as a district pastor
  • Services begin in Kamuchanga and Kankoyo in Mufulira by Ted Savage

1962

  • Enar Holmgren starts a small Bible school with six students at Mpongwe
  • Butondo Baptist Church in Mufulira is established
  • First Baptist church in Lusaka is established in Matero

1963

  • Kamuchanga Baptist Church in Mufulira is established

1964

  • Zambia becomes independent and changes its name from Northern Rhodesia
  • The Baptist Mission of Zambia is formed
  • The second Baptist church in Chimwemwe is established by the Mosses
  • North Mine Baptist Church in Chingola is established
  • Chiwempela mission station in Chingola is established
  • Kabwata (now Libala) congregation in Lusaka is organised

1965

  • Chilenje Baptist Church in Lusaka begins.
  • Mindolo Baptist Church in Kitwe is established
  • Kwacha Baptist Church in Kitwe is established
  • Ndeke Baptist Church in Kitwe is established
  • Mpatamatu Baptist Church in Luanshya is established

1969

  • Chitaba Baptist Church begins church planting in the Lenje-speaking area and the first church that is planted is Lutenge Baptist Church

1971

  • The Zambia Baptist Association is formed

1972

  • Olive Doke, the last of the early pioneer missionaries, dies and is buried in Luanshya
  • Australian Baptist Missionary Society starts Northern Baptists Association of Zambia

1974

  • The Mpongwe Baptist Association is formed.

1975

  • Arne and Sonja Johansson settle in Chief Ngabwe’s area together with Esau and Eliasa Kayola to develop church ministry there
  • The first Annual Youth Conference of the Baptist Union of Zambia is held in Kafulafuta

1976

  • The Zambia Baptist Union is formed

1978

  • The 120-bed Mpongwe Mission Hospital is opened after three years of construction work and is visited by President Kenneth Kaunda two weeks later.

1980

  • Clement Doke, now Professor of linguistics, dies in South Africa at the age of 87

1982

  • The Mpongwe Mission Farm is opened by the Swedish Ambassador to Zambia, Göran Hasselmark

1988

  • Pastor Godfrey Sam Ilunga becomes pastor of Nampamba Baptist Church in the Mpongwe Baptist Association where he serves until 2005

1989

  • Arne and Sonja Johansson are tragically killed when their car collides with a train on their way from Mkushi

1995

  • The Baptist Fellowship of Zambia is formed

2001

  • Kennedy Sunkutu is ordained as missionary pastor to Kafue to start Kafue Reformed Baptist Church

2002

  • Pastor Nshingano, who was trained at Chizera Bible College and planted a number of Baptist churches, dies in old age

2005

  • The Zambian Republican President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa is baptised at the Twin Palm Baptist Church. He once attended school at Mpongwe Mission
  • Pastor Godfrey Sam Ilunga becomes pastor of Chamboli Baptist Church in Kitwe where he is ordained in 2013

2008

  • Pastor Nkonde retires as pastor after serving for forty years as a pastor

2009

  • Kafue Reformed Baptist becomes autonomous and votes for Kennedy Sunkutu as first pastor of the church