lt maplt large locatorlt lgflagThe Wesleyan Church in South Africa developed as part of the Southern Africa Region of the Wesleyan Church which comprised the Wesleyan mission work in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Mozambique. In 1998, Mozambique was separated off from the Region to become an separate national church conference.

The Wesleyan Church of Southern Africa was started as mission fields of the Pilgrim Holiness Church (1900), the Reformed Baptist Church (1901) and the Africa Evangelistic Mission (1902). The PHC initially put their effort into white ministry and later into black ministry in South Africa, Swaziland and Zambia. The RBC put their efforts into black ministry in South Africa and Zimbabwe. The AEM conducted their ministry in the Johannesburg gold mines, and from there reached into north-eastern South Africa and across into Mozambique. The Southern African field included a large number of missionaries over the years.

For some time the work was divided into a white mission and a black mission. As the South African policy of apartheid was abandoned, the two fields were merged. The Trans Natal District is the remains of the old PHC white work and the other 14 districts are the remains of the merged black districts. The first African Regional Superintendent was Rev. Samson Sigwane (now deceased), followed by Rev. Robert Nhlengethwa and Rev. Doctor Galela.

In 2013, the Wesleyan Church of South Africa started work in Lesotho. 


Area: 30,355 sq km

Population (2014): 1,942,008

Capital: Maseru (pop. 239,000)

Population under 15 yrs.: 33%

Life expectancy: 52.65 years

Official languages: (2) Sesotho, English

All languages: 6


Christian 80%

Indigenous beliefs 20%

(For additional information see the CIA World Factbook)


Churches: 1 small congregation

Ordained ministers: 0

Licensed ministers: 0

National Superintendent: Rev. Doctor Galela

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