Essential Africa Inland Church History
Essential Africa Inland Church History is a brief but definitive look at one of the first indigenous church denominations ever formed in Africa. Join Dr Gehman as he details the birth and growth of the Africa Inland Church from 1895 through 2015.
The Africa Inland Church is one of the first indigenous church denominations ever formed in Africa. Steeped in rich, though often personally costly history, the Africa Inland Church has been spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to the peoples of East Africa for more than a century. Join Dr Gehman in this brief, but definitive history as he chronicles the birth and growth of the Africa Inland Church from 1895 through 2015.
Essential Africa Inland Church History is the inspiring story of faithful men and women – both expatriates and Africans – who gave themselves unselfishly to evangelistic ministries of many kinds. Their efforts led the Africa Inland Church to become the first church in Kenya to achieve autonomy and independence from its parent mission. Today Jesus, by his Spirit, is using the work of the Africa Inland Church to build his church throughout Africa.
For 36 years, Rev Dr Richard J. Gehman has served in Kenya with the Africa Inland Church as a missionary of the Africa Inland Mission. He received his MA from Wheaton College, his Master of Divinity from Gordon Divinity School, and his Doctor of Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary.
He taught at Scott Theological College, Kenya, where he was principal for eight years. He was the Coordinator for the Theological Advisory Group (TAG), a research and renewal group of the Africa Inland Church, Kenya; the Director of the Institute for Church Renewal; and the editor of the Africa Journal of Evangelical Theology (AJET) for eight years.
He is the author of several books, including African Christian Theology Revisited, Learning to Lead: The Making of a Christian Leader in Africa, Overcoming Fear of Death, and The Holy Spirit: Our Perfect Helper.
In 2002 he and his wife, Florence, retired in Central Florida, USA. They have two children and nine grandchildren.
One can only conclude that the birth and growth of Africa Inland Church remains, to this day, one big miracle. —Dr Joseph B. Onyango Okello, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, Asbury Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida