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The mission of the DACB is to collect, preserve, and make freely accessible biographical accounts and church histories--from oral and written sources--integral to a scholarly understanding of African Christianity.
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Updated April 9, 2014
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Modi Din Jacob (1876 to the 1950s), Evangelical Lutheran Church of Cameroon.
One of the pioneer witnesses to the history of the church in Cameroon, Modi Din also contributed greatly to social development there. While imprisoned by the colonial authorities, Modi Din's testimony brought about the conversion of several Make chiefs accused of cannabalism who went to their deaths with eyes shining full of peace. The white prison overseer was not happy with Modi Din. >>Read his story here; French version here.


New Canadian Friends of the DACB

Project Director Jonathan Bonk has established an office at Providence University College in Otterburne, Manitoba. Canadian donations to the DACB will be routed through this office. A small ad hoc Canadian advisory group will counsel the Project Director on DACB fund raising initiatives in Canada. Discrete accounts have been established for the DACB at both Boston University in the U.S.A. and at Providence University College in Canada.
>>For more information or to contribute, click here.

Pioneer African Christianity

Nehemiah Tile (c. 1850s to 1855), Thembu National Church, South Africa
The Reverend Nehemiah Tile founded the first of the African "protonationalist" churches, independent of European mission control, in 1884. During a revolt in the Transkei, Tile sympathized with the nationalistic aspirations of the abaThembu, the ethnic group to which he belonged. He left the Wesleyan Church and founded an independent Thembu National Church with Ngangelizwe, the abaThembu nkosi (ruler), as visible head. Tile's church was the forerunner of the independent church movement in South Africa known as Ethiopianism. >>Read his story

Resources for Research

The Story of Africa, an online resource presented by the BBC.

Evaluating Sources

Guides for evaluating the authority and reliability of information sources found online or in print:
>Critically analyzing information sources
>General evaluation questions
>Evaluating authority, quality, objectivity, currency, relevancy
>Evaluating Web pages

Women's Witness

Maxeke, Charlotte Manye (1872 to 1939) was a leader in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the first African woman from South Africa to obtain a B.Sc. She may also be called the 'Mother of Ethiopia' because of the part that she played in the amalgamation of the Ethiopian Church and the African Methodist Episcopal Church. >>Read her story here or more stories of women here.
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