The Zambian Baptist History Timeline


  •  William Arthur Phillips and Henry Masters set up Kafulafuta Missions


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


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


  • 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


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


  • Britain takes over the government of Northern Rhodesia


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


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


  • 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


  • 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


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


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


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


  • 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


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


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


  • Paul Kasonga dies


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


  • A more permanent Baptist church building is opened in Mpongwe


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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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


  • Kamuchanga Baptist Church in Mufulira is established


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • The Zambia Baptist Association is formed


  • 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


  • The Mpongwe Baptist Association is formed.


  • 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


  • The Zambia Baptist Union is formed


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


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


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


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


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


  • The Baptist Fellowship of Zambia is formed


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


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


  • 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


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


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