The author sitting between Pastors Kalifungwa and Mwetwa in 1990

Pastor Ronald Kalifungwa clocked thirty years in ministry in May this year and Pastor Choolwe Mwetwa will be clocking thirty years in ministry in November. I  thought  it  would  be  a  good time  to  acknowledge  these  two  men  and  their fidelity to the cause of Christ,  especially as it is expressed through what has come to be historically called the Reformed faith.

To be sure, there are perhaps other Reformed Baptist pastors who have served as long as they have done—if not longer. So, why pick on these two men for this news item? I readily admit that, as the editor of Reformation Zambia

magazine, I am biased. These two men have been the closest Zambian pastors to me over the last thirty years of pastoral ministry. I felt duty bound to say a few words of appreciation for what they have meant to me. If others would like to acknowledge such indebtedness to any other Reformed Baptist pastors, this magazine will publish those articles. We want to keep those accounts.

With that out of the way, what can I say about these two men? Let me begin with a brief biographical sketch on each one of them.

Ronald Kalifungwa spent his childhood days initially on the Copperbelt

but moved to Lusaka when his father died in a tragic car accident in 1966. He went to Hillcrest Secondary School in Livingstone and then went on to study for  a  diploma  in  mechanical  engineering  at  Northern  Technical  College (NORTEC) in Ndola. It was towards the end of his secondary education, in 1981 to be precise, that he came to saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This was largely through the ministry of Pastor Joe Simfukwe at Lusaka Baptist Church.

It  was while at  NORTEC that Ronald’s sense of call to the ministry grew. He was a member of Ndola Baptist Church and was very involved in the youth ministry, preaching to his fellow youths on many occasions. It was also during this period that he came to settled Reformed convictions, largely through reading books and listening to sermons on tape. By the time he graduated from NORTEC he was a thorough-going Calvinist.

Upon graduating, Ronald started working for the copper mines in Kitwe

and joined Riverside Chapel. He got very involved in preaching to the young people  there  and  also  at  ZAFES  groups  on  various  college  and  university campuses. Finally, in May 1988, the new Central Baptist Church in Mufulira (which later was renamed Fairview Reformed Baptist Church) called him to be their first pastor.

While in Mufulira, Ronald met Sarah and the two got married. In due season they were blessed with three boys—Lennox, Kunda,  and Chisomo. It was under Ronald’s pastoral ministry that the church in Mufulira was among the very first in Zambia to adopt the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith as its doctrinal  standard  and  so  took  its  place  among  the  worldwide  family  of Reformed   Baptist   churches.  Ronald   pastored   there  for   ten   years   before accepting a call to Lynnwood Baptist Church in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1998.

Ronald took on this challenge with zeal and determination. South Africa

was emerging from the Apartheid era and so the ethnic divide between white

and black was tense. The Lord helped him to build a multi-ethnic congregation over the eight years he pastored there. Finally, in 2006, Lusaka Baptist Church extended a call to him, which he accepted. That was how he returned with his family  back  to  Zambia  and  became  the  ninth  pastor  of  that  church.  On  the occasion of his thirtieth anniversary in the ministry, Ronald has served Lusaka Baptist Church for twelve years and is the longest serving pastor of that church.

What about Choolwe Mwetwa, what can I say about him? Choolwe also grew up on the Copperbelt. In his primary and secondary school days he gained notoriety for his football and athletic skills. He completed his secondary school education  at  Kansenshi  Secondary  School  before  proceeding  to  Luanshya Trades Training Institute (LTTI) where he studied electrical technology. While in secondary school, in 1978, he came to faith through the witness of an elder of Ndola Baptist Church by the name of Hudson Zimba. While in college he became a member of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God (POAG).

Upon graduating from  LTTI,  Choolwe was employed by the famous Serioes International men’s clothing company and rose through the ranks to the position of retail manager of various retail outlets in Mufulira and Kitwe. He later obtained a bachelor’s degree in bioethics. Early in his Christian life, the Pentecostal beliefs and practices did not sit well with Choolwe, especially as he noticed contradictions between what he was seeing in the churches and what he was reading in the Bible. He would ask the older believers and the pastors to explain  the  apparent  contradictions  but  got  no  satisfying  answers.  Thus,  he committed himself to self-study in pursuit of the truth. It was this pursuit for truth that finally landed him in the laps of the Puritans and Reformers. As he studied their writings he found a faith that was intellectually challenging and satisfying. He also found many of his questions answered with biblical fidelity.

Choolwe left PAOG in the mid 1980s and initially joined a church plant of the Brethren in Christ Church in Mufulira. He not only preached often in that church  but  was  also  frequently  called  upon  to  preach  in  ZAFES  groups  on various college and university campuses and other church youth groups. When he was transferred to Kitwe, he joined Kitwe Chapel and his preaching ministry continued to grow. It was while in Kitwe that he received the call in November

1988 to be the first pastor of the new Central Baptist Church in Chingola.

Soon after becoming a pastor, Choolwe met Marilyn and the two got married. The  Lord  blessed  them  with  three  children—Wajula,  Tolai,  and  Nkwali.

Choolwe has been pastor of Central Baptist Church for the whole thirty years of his pastoral ministry. From meeting in a classroom, to acquiring their own piece of land and meeting in a temporal  timber structure,  to putting up their current building, Choolwe has provided pastoral leadership to this church over all these years. He also led his church to be among the very first to adopt the

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith in Zambia and thus Central Baptist Church took its place among the worldwide family Reformed Baptist churches. He was

the first principal of the Copperbelt Ministerial College, based in Ndola.

The author standing with Pastors Kalifungwa and Mwetwa in 2016

These  two  men—Ronald  Kalifungwa  and  Choolwe  Mwetwa—have  a  lot  in common and yet at the same time they are very different. They both have an above-average understanding, appreciation, and love for the Reformed faith that has caused them to courageously pioneer the Reformed Baptist cause in Zambia. They are men of unfeigned humility and fidelity. Totally disinterested in fame or fortune, they are content to let the world go by with all its gold while they are spent in enriching the church with the unsearchable riches of Christ.

If one was to ask me, “What do you see as the main difference between these two men?” I would say that Ronald Kalifungwa is the pastor-preacher par

excellence  while  Choolwe  Mwetwa  is  the  pastor-theologian  without  equal. Ronald has excelled in the three churches he has pastored primarily because of his  excellent  pastoring  and  preaching  gifts.  Choolwe  has  put  his  mind  to analysing doctrinal, political, cultural, and ecclesiastical matters to depths that leave the rest of us lesser mortals gasping for breath. Ronald’s eloquence equals that  of  the  greatest  orators  of  the  Roman  world  when  he  preaches,  while Choolwe’s eloquence soars to the highest heavens when he puts pen to paper.

I count myself truly blessed to have them among my closest friends. For

one, we all married nurses. For another, we all had three children. On a more serious  note,  these  men  have  kept  me  on  the  straight  and  narrow  on  many occasions when I would have gone astray in life and doctrine. We have ventured upon great projects together for the crown rights of the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Even in the starting and running of this magazine—Reformation Zambia—I have depended on them for counsel and they have poured in many hours of toil and sweat to contribute solid articles that are well-worth reading.

I  do  not  know  what  the future  holds for  these two men.  However,  I

would venture to say that when the history of the church in Zambia is written by those who care for conservative evangelicalism, among the names that will shine most gloriously will be the names of these two men. What a blessing they have been to the church in Zambia over the last thirty years! I can only pray that when the sun sets in their individual lives, many who basked under the warmth of their radiating rays will rise and bless God for the gifts that he gave to the church  through  them.  Until  then,  may  they  continue to  be  a  blessing  to  the church in Zambia, in Africa, and in the whole world. Amen!

Conrad Mbewe (editor)


The  8th   Annual  Midlands  Reformed  Baptist  Women’s  Rally  was  hosted  by Mount Makulu Baptist Church in Chilanga on May 19th, 2018. The theme of the conference was, “A Woman After God’s Own Heart,” and was attended by 467 women representing over 10 churches.

The objectives of the rally were:

1.    to enhance and foster fellowship among women in Reformed churches

2.    to spread the Reformed faith, and

3.    to evangelise unsaved women.

Pastor Choolwe Mwetwa preaching during the women’s rally

This year’s main speaker was Pastor Choolwe Mwetwa. He preached the word with such clarity, simplicity and power. In his presentation, he used case studies (of Jezebel, Hannah, and Priscilla) to illustrate good and bad examples of what it means to be a woman after God’s own heart.

Pastor Mwetwa pointed out that Jezebel was “a good example of a bad

example” from 1 Kings 21:1–7. In her domestic life, she was a wife who was arrogant  and  sought  to  have  dominion  over  others  by  manipulating  their weakness for her good and gain. With regard to faith in God, Jezebel resented true faith (1 Kings18:4, 19:2) and buried the fear of God in order to pursue her evil  ambitions.  Her  personal  life  was  characterised  by  dishonesty,  excessive ambition and the harbouring of grudges. Jezebel cared little what God thought about her actions. “These traits should be absent in a woman seeking to live a godly life in an ungodly world,” he said.

Pastor Mwetwa described Hannah as a woman whose godliness began in the heart (1 Samuel 1:1–16). Hannah was barren and, as a result, she was stigmatised  by  the  society  she  lived  in.  Her  rival,  Peninnah,  was  the  great tormentor  in this  case.  Pastor  Mwetwa  pointed  out  that  Hannah  was  a  wise woman who responded with wisdom to the difficult issues in her life. She was devoted to God and to prayer. Despite her circumstances, she prized meeting with  God  and  being  at  the  place  of  worship  where  she  went  for  the  yearly sacrifice more than anything else. Hannah found solace in pouring out her heart to God. She models the place of both public and private prayer in a woman’s life. Her understanding of God enabled her to cope with stress and suffering.

Finally,  the preacher  gave  the  example  of Priscilla from  the  account found  in  Acts  18:1–8.  She  was  a  ministry-oriented  woman  who  was  very hospitable to the saints. Priscilla and her husband were involved in evangelism. It  is  probable  that  she  was  a  better  theologian  and  through  the  ministry  of hospitality  was able to explain the way  of salvation to  Apollos.  The lessons drawn  from  her  life  included  the  call  to  know  our  gifts  as  women,  and  to

consider how we can use our resources for the benefit of others.

Miriam Simunika making announcements in an evidently packed

The  conference  also  had  a  special  session  dubbed  “Ukulanshanya” (women speaking to women) which featured four female speakers on issues that affect the Christian woman in today’s age. Mrs Maureen Chishimba (Evangel Baptist  Church),  Mrs  Mavis  Bota  (Kabwata  Baptist  Church),  Mrs  Sarah Kalifungwa (Lusaka Baptist Church) and Mrs Tina Nyirenda (Mount Makulu Baptist Church) dealt with “Means of Grace,” “Hospitality,” and “Modesty & Holiness”. The wealth of biblical knowledge and experience of these women was evident in all the presentations. There was much food for thought and action in their teaching. The next women’s conference will be hosted by Emmasdale Baptist Church on 18th  May 2019.

We look forward to seeing even many more women being excited about this annual event and making plans well in advance to be in attendance. It is our prayer that the word will continue to bear fruit in our hearts and lives to the glory of God and for the good of his church.

Muthani Mukutuma & Malala Mwondela


The  Southern  Province  Reformed   Baptist  Conference  is  hosted  by  four churches; namely, Mazabuka Central Baptist Church, Ebenezer Baptist Church in  Monze,  Choma  Central  Baptist  Church,  and  Trinity  Baptist  Church  in Livingstone. This time of fellowship deals with key areas to help local churches to  be  faithful  to  the  Great  Commission.  From  the  time  that  this  conference began,  the  focus  has  been  to  deal  with  doctrinal  and  practical  matters.  The conference  runs  for  two  days  during  the  Heroes  and  Unity  holidays.  The organisers of the conference target this holiday period to encourage attendance by those who are busy during working days. This year’s conference was from the 1st  of July to the 2nd July and was hosted by Choma Central Baptist Church. The  theme  was  “Ministering  to  the  youths:  The  necessity  and  different approaches.”

When you are hosting such big events, it does not dawn on you that you have a big event on your hands until the people start flocking in. I remember checking my phone around 15.30 hrs on Sunday and finding a missed call. I returned the call and Mr Kangele, one the elders from Mazabuka Central Baptist Church,  said,  “We have arrived.” At that moment,  it dawned on me that  the conference had begun. Before long, a few more people came in and later the numbers swelled. It was clear that there was no turning back

Part of the congregation during the conference

Our preacher this year was Pastor Saidi Chishimba of Evangel Baptist Church. His preaching was exhilarating. I remember one of the people saying, “After such preaching, there is need to do something about it.” He was referring on the sermon on how to minister to youths. On the first day, Pastor Chishimba introduced himself to us. He also introduced the topic of his first sermon, “The church’s call  to youth ministry.” In this session, he helped us to see that the church  must  take  youth  ministry  seriously.  He  made it  clear  that  the  young people have more energy than the older ones and taking advantage of this energy can be a big boost for the church. Young people provide a future for the church.

They later become the adults of the church.

On  Monday,  during  the  second  session,  Pastor  Chishimba  took  us through the topic, “Know your youths.” He showed us that it is important to know the young people if we are going to minister well to them. What are their names? Where do they stay? What are their challenges? Who are their parents or  guardians?  It  is  important  that  these  questions  are  answered  in  order  to minister to teenagers and young adults.

Pastor Chishimba then took us through the third and fourth sessions of

the conference under the heading “How to minister to youths.” He pointed out some  key  areas  in  which the  church  can  minister  to the  youths.  The  church should capitalise on sports activities such as volley ball, basketball and football. Board games such as chess can also be the means to reach out to them. Young people love food. You cannot go wrong with food when it comes to reaching

out  to  the  youths.  The  preacher  said  events  such  as  road  trips,  quizzes  and

Men and women, old and young, were in attendance at the conference

debates can make a youth ministry very vibrant. He, however, emphasised that these events are not an end in themselves but a means to an end.

Apart  from  the  preaching of the  word,  there  were  two  seminars  that

were conducted. One was for the parents and the other for the youths. The older people looked at the subject of “Ministering to the needs of the youths,” while the younger participants were answering the question, “What must I do when I am tempted as a young person?” I had the opportunity of seating in both sessions and the discussions were fruitful. There was a lot of good fellowship among the participants. Plans are already underway for our 2019 conference.

Kwenda Kwenda

Pastor, Choma Central Baptist Church


The graduating students with the management team and LMC faculty

Lusaka  Ministerial  College  (LMC)  runs  an  extension  programme  Mongu  of

Western Province, which is called the Mongu Ministerial College. Three block

classes  are  held  there  annually.  During  these  times,  men  and  women  are equipped from the Word of God to fulfil their distinctive roles in their churches.

This year, 28th  June was an important date on the LMC calendar. The

college held its first graduation ceremony at which 22 students graduated. This event  was  held at  Mongu Trades  Training Institute. The  22  candidates were honoured  at  this  colourful  graduation  ceremony  with  qualifications  ranging from certificates to diplomas.

The graduation was a milestone in the life of the training for pastors and

church leaders in Western Province that started about five years ago. The man who has been at the centre of making sure that the trainings are held successfully is Pastor Binwell Chibesa of Kambule Baptist Church. He works together with other pastors who form the management team of the Mongu Ministerial College.

The students in the Mongu Ministerial College are drawn from across

the  entire  province  and  from  various  denominations  and  church  affiliations. Some come from within the town of Mongu while others come from outlying villages. They come for a week of training and the college provides transport, food, and training materials. A nominal fee is charged for the training.

The guest of honour at the graduation was supposed to be the Western

Province Minister Mr Richard Kapita but due to last minute demands he was unable  to  be  with  us  and  so  he  was  represented  by  the  Deputy  Provincial Permanent  Secretary.  The  Lusaka  Ministerial  College  was  represented  by almost all the faculty members led by Dr Conrad Mbewe, the college principal. Vicky Wauterlek from Hands of Hope in the USA was also there. Vicky is our ministry partner with the Mongu training of pastors and church leaders.

The college will begin a new calendar with new students in September

2018. The college trainings will be held at Kambule Baptist Church premises, and a new team of the management board will be established to work alongside Pastor   Chibesa.   The   trainings   are   boosted   with   additional   funds   from international partners. We are grateful to God for his goodness and the blessings experience in 2018 school calendar.

Benson Nkausu

Coordinator, Lusaka Ministerial College


Pastor Ronald Kalifungwa preaching during the Antioch Youth Conference

Youthfulness   is   an   amazing   virtue.   The   excitement   of   discovery,   the fearlessness from the energy that pulsates through every vein and artery, and the drive for innovation makes the days of youths unique. Fresh ideas, fresh energy, and a fresh desire for life and living characterises youthfulness. In the light of this, however, there is a feeling that is inherent in the youth that stirs their hearts to think that they were made for more.

It is this that causes youths to embark on a pursuit for purpose, security, and fulfilment. A pursuit that results in expending their energy, time, money, morals, and integrity. In all these pursuits, they remain blind to the heartrending terminus embedded in the vanity of their pursuits. Their reward at the end of it all is emptiness. It is temporal fulfilment and they are back where they started.

The alcohol and drug abuse, illicit sex, gambling, and fraud fall far short of providing true satisfaction, security, and purpose that their hearts have longed

for.  In  response  to  this  disheartening  reality,  the  Senior  Youth  Ministry  at Kabwata  Baptist  Church  with  guidance  from  the  elders  started  holding  an annual youth conference called the “Antioch Youth Conference,” which is held in July during the Heroes and Unity public holidays. The conference targets young adults aged 21 to 35 and is used as a platform to reach many young people with the gospel. As Paul highlights in Romans 1:16, “The gospel…is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.”

The late theologian RC Sproul upon being asked, “What  is the most

important question that someone in today’s society needs to have answered?” responded  thus,  “That’s  easy.  The  most  important  thing  for  modern  secular people to understand is who God is. Not whether God is. No, the critical issue is  God’s  identity.  God’s  existence  is  not  obscured  today  but  his  nature  and personality certainly are.” Only God can fill the void that lies in the depth of human hearts as men repent from their sins and are reconciled to God through his Son the Lord Jesus Christ. The conference has tackled a number of themes over  the  years,  some  of  which  include.  “The  death  of  death  in  the  death  of Christ” and “Swimming against the tide.”

This years’ conference was not  different.  Like the other conferences

before,  it provided a platform for the gospel  to be preached.  The theme was “Where is your sense of God?” and it was handled by Pastor Ronald Kalifungwa from Lusaka Baptist Church. There were approximately 200 to 250 people in attendance.   A   number   of   contemporary   issues   were   addressed;   namely, euthanasia, abortion, in-vitro fertilisation, and homosexuality.

These  issues   and  many  more  were   addressed   by  Pastor  Ronald Kalifungwa and Elder George Sitali of Kabwata Baptist Church. Some of these issues  are  infiltrating  our  society  and  others  are  influencing  society  via  the media, albeit gradually. These contemporary issues were brought forward for discussion so that people could appreciate the biblical worldview on these issues and the fact that God is not silent on them. This years’ conference was a success. There were the usual hiccups that come with planning a big event like this one. A number of partners, both local and international, came through to support the conference this year and we owe them a great debt of gratitude. We also got support  from  members  of  Kabwata  Baptist  Church,  members  of  the  Senior Youth Ministry, and members of the Ladies Ministry, to name but a few.

Part of the youths who attended the Antioch Youth Conference

There was a lot of work that went into making this year’s conference a success.  We,  however,  realised  that  it  is  the  Lord  who  made  this  success possible. The psalmist captures the heart of this thought in Psalm 127:1, “Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stay awake in vain.” Going forward, we would like you to join us in praying for the following items:

1.    The target audience for the conference is those youths aged 21 to 35.

We have struggled to get those aged 30 to 35 to attend. Pray for wisdom for the committee that they may find ways of attracting that age bracket.

2.    Pray for the committee as they begin to seek out next year’s preacher.

3.    Pray  that  God  may  raise  labourers  to  serve  in  the  Antioch  planning committee for next year. This will help in improving the efficiency of the work given the workload that goes into planning and execution.

4.    Thank God with us for the partners that came on board to assist with this  years’  conference  in  all  kinds  of  ways.  They  helped  us  with materials, their presence, finances, and prayer.

5.    Pray for fruit from this years’ conference. Approximately 200 to 250 young adults attended this year’s conference. Pray that God will work in their hearts, showing them their sin and their need for a Saviour.

Kabanda Lunda

KBC Senior Youth Ministry Chairman


Evangel Baptist Church (EBC) hosted its first missions conference called “Send the Light” (STL). The church family was very excited with the commencement of this first missions conference. We are thankful to God for this milestone in the life of our church.

Due  to  the  church’s  mandate  to  go  out  with  the  gospel  and  plant

churches  (Matt.  28:18–20),  it  was  appropriate  to  hold  the  first  missions conference under the theme, “Send the Light.” This theme, however, has also been adopted as the name of the conference. The month of April has been set aside as our annual missions’ month with the last weekend of the month as the date for the Send the Light Conference in the years to come. However, due to

logistical challenges, this year the conference was held in the month of May.

Attendance at the “Send the Light” Conference at Evangel Baptist Church

Day of prayer and fasting

Prior to the STL Conference and the missions month, Saturday 12th  May 2018 was set aside for prayer and fasting. In the morning, the church family agreed to spend quality time in prayer in their homes. Later in the afternoon, the whole church family gathered together at church to pray and break the fasting at sunset. The  prayer  needs  were  varied  though  the  main  focus  was  on  the  work  of missions. We prayed for (a) EBC’s participation in missions at a global level, (b) the mission point in Ndeke Meanwood, Lusaka, (c) the missions budget, and finally (d) missionaries to go out from EBC.

Sunday morning preaching during the missions month

The theme of the missions month was “Send the Light” derived from the words, “So  being  sent  out  by  the  Holy  Spirit  they  went…”  (Acts  13:14a).  All  the Sunday morning sermons were committed to the four stanzas of the “Send the light”  hymn (by Charles  H.  Gabriel).  Each  stanza  of the  hymn provided  the theme of the day. Pastor Collins Sakalunda (Evangel Baptist Church’s first and only missionary) preached the first sermon on the first stanza and Pastor Saidi Chishimba preached the rest  of the Sundays on the remaining stanzas of the hymn.

The missions conference

Finally, after a lot of teaching in the month of May, the crescendo for EBC was the  STL  Conference  2018.  What  a  joyous  experience  it  was!  The  praying, singing, preaching, fellowship, and meals made the conference a great success and stimulated hope for greater things to come in this work of love at EBC.

The  conference  time  was  an  insightful  reflection  on  the  work  of

missions. The main speakers at the conference were Pastor Collins Sakalunda, Pastor Saidi Chishimba, and Reverend Happy Ngoma. These men each laboured faithfully during their sessions. The sessions were divided as follows:

Session I. The biblical foundation of missions – Saidi Chishimba

Session II. The role of the local church in missions – Happy Ngoma

Sessions III. The process of identifying the mission field – Collins Sakalunda

Session IV. The biblical strategies for missions – Happy Ngoma

Sessions V. The financing of the work of missions – Saidi Chishimba

The missions committee

The church had been in much prayer asking the Lord for able men and women to serve in the missions committee. The elders have since appointed a committee to oversee this work. The committee instituted is a team of five brothers and sisters with brother Jonathan Nkhalamo as the chairman. The other members of the  committee  are  brother  Victor  Simuchimba,  sister  Elizabeth  Chiboboka, sister Mulenga Mulemba, and brother Philemon Chipanta. On the Sunday of the STL Conference, the missions committee was officially brought into office. The committee has since agreed to and affirmed the EBC missions policy. They are currently seeking ways to practically interpretation and apply the policy.


The STL Conference 2018 was a blast. It was such a blessing. The spirit in the church currently is that of jubilation. The preaching and the teaching were so insightful and encouraging. The was no doubt that the Lord was among us. We remain committed to do the work of missions, the sending of the light of the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the world. Amen!

Saidi Chishimba

Pastor, Evangel Baptist Church