cg mapcg locatorcg lgflagThe Wesleyan Church of the Democratic Republic of Congo came from the United Methodist Church when their group was isolated for being too evangelical. They approached the Pilgrim Wesleyan Church of Zambia in the early 1990’s and were received as a district by the Zambian National Superintendent, Rev. Alfred Kalembo. For a decade they continued in this arrangement, until in 2003 they were finally established as a separate national church unit, directly under Global Partners. At that same conference, the former leader, Rev. Jacques Kasweshi went to Cameroon for advanced theological studies and his leadership position was filled by Dr. Abraham Katwebe.

The Democratic Republic of Congo is the largest French-speaking nation in the world, both in terms of area and population. The Wesleyan church is primarily spread across five or six districts in the southeast of the DRC around Likasi and Lubumbashi, with one good sized church in the capital city of Kinshasa.



Area: 2,345,410 sq. km. (905,567 sq. miles)
Population (2010): 67,827,495
Capital: Kinshasa (pop. 8,750,000)
Population under 15 yrs.: 47%
Life expectancy: 47.6 years
Official language: French
Trade languages: Lingala, Swahili, Tshiluba, Kikongo
All languages: 215
Christian - 92.15%
Traditional religions - 5.10%
Muslim - 1.90%
(For additional information see the CIA World Factbook.)


Churches: 57KatwebeOrdained ministers: 10
Licensed ministers: 19
Members: 1,778Bible Colleges: Faculte Wesleyene de Theologie (FAWETH), Likasi
Primary Schools: 1

National Superintendent: Dr. Jacques Kasweshi

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Missionary personnel needed:

Theological educator needed to teach at Bible School and coach pastors. Short-term missionaries need to be fluent in French or Swahili. Click here for more information.

A nurse practitioner is needed to assist with basic health needs and to provide outreach opportunties for the national church. Short-term missionaries must be fluent in French or Swahili. Click here for more information.



Editorial (PDF)


Church Roof Construction: Wesleyan church members in the Democratic Republic of Congo build church walls from clay bricks they bake themselves; however, because they lack the funds to purchase lumber and steel for roofs, the brick walls collapse in one or two years. To purchase wood, nails, and metal roofing, it costs the average size church $2000 - $2500. This project will help roof ten congregations a year, ensuring that they will last for decades. Give online.

Ministerial Training Scholarships: This project will provide funding for the education of those who wish to become pastors and who study at either the Wesleyan Bible School known as "Faweth" (Faculty of Wesleyan Theology) located in Likasi or the Campus Crusade For Christ Bible College in Lubumbashi. There are currently ten Wesleyan studying at Faweth and five at the Campus Crusade For Christ College. Give online.

National Ministry Shares: National ministry shares are designed to provide assistance with general operating expenses of the national church. Give online.

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