Charlie Rampfumedzi is married to Beauty, and they have three children, Ronewa (Given), Mulanga-muswa (New Covenant), and Mundalamo (Everlasting). They are committed to Joshua 24:15, 24 “But as for me and my house we will serve the LORD. We will serve the LORD our God and we will obey His voice.”
Charlie serves as principal and fellow pastor at Christ Seminary which is the ministry of Christ Baptist Church. We are committed to 2 Timothy 2:2 “entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” The Seminary was established in 1997 with the sole purpose and goal of training and equipping African pastors for pastoral ministry in South Africa and Africa at large. At present, more than 200 African pastors have graduated. They are serving as pastors, church planters, missionaries and chaplains in at least sixteen African countries. Our prayer is that the Lord will send more harvesters into the field and we will remain faithful in equipping and training those whom He called and sent.
Kwacha Simwaka was born and raised in Malawi, Africa. At the age of eighteen, he attended a youth camp where he was saved through the preaching of the gospel. This transformation generated a desire to begin sharing the gospel with others. After realizing the call to the ministry, he pursued theological training at Christ Seminary in South Africa. Upon finishing his studies at Christ Seminary, he decided to go to The Master's Seminary for further pastoral training. While attending seminary, he served with student ministries at Grace Community Church where he met his wife, Amanda. The Simwakas have four daughters—Shirley, Charlotte, Magnolia and Violet.
We serve with Christ Baptist Church and Christ Seminary located in the northern part of South Africa. Christ Seminary is an institution that focuses on training local pastors both in South Africa and across African continent. Kwacha's role in this pastoral training involves teaching and mentoring students. His involvement at Christ Baptist Church includes shepherding young adults and children' ministry.
Update from Pastor Charlie Rampfumedzi (June 2022):
Greetings to all of you in the name of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ. It was a wonderful moment to see many of you during the conference in February. And still, it is always a joy to share our update with you, so that you may know what is happening in our lives as a family and the ministries we are involved in. In this way you will know how you can best pray for us. We thank you for your continuous prayers and support. We really appreciate you and the AIT ministry.
Praise be unto the Lord for His marvellous grace and mercy. The family is doing well. The kids are progressing well in their studies as well.
There are number of challenges we faced this semester. But we were reminded to count it all joy when we face trials of various kinds (James 1:2). It was a sad moment to lose my mother in April 27, 2022. The good news is that she was saved by grace alone in Christ alone. In one month (May) we had a housebreaking and theft of few items. And again we had an accident. Our car was hit by an ambulance close to the church entrance. In all of these trials, no one was hurt or injured. The hand of the Lord carried us through. Even now as we write this update we still rejoice in the goodness of the Lord and His providence.
Ministries (Christ Seminary)
The classes started well and ended well this semester. I had an opportunity to deliver a chapel message from Exodus 3-4 titled “Who is adequate for this calling?” Below is the first and third year group.
I have a privilege of doing devotions with ICU and High Care Unit staff at Medi-clinic on Wednesdays every week. It is a great opportunity to preach the gospel and give comfort during this time of uncertainty with the pandemic.
We had an Alumni conference in March. Approximeltey 180 graduates and their wives attended. And we had Phil Hunt from Zambia as our guest speaker. It was indeed a time of refershing, felloweship and reunion with our graduates.
Church (Christ Baptist Church)
The church is doing well. I had the privilege of baptising three people last week. And as an overseer of membership at CBC. I teach membership classes once a month. And we see people commiting themselves to apply for church membership. We will be welcoming eleven (11) new member this week (June 05, 2022). On the same day we will ordain five men who will serve as deacons. These are items of praise to God for the work of saving and adding to the church those who are being saved.
There are number of changes that are taking place. The leadership has established a CBC mission committee that will champion the vision of church planting and church strenghtening. This was the outcry of the church leadership for year, to place the mission under the authority of the local church.
Dave Beakley who was the senior pastor is transitioning to serve as Regional Director Of TMAI. Now with this changes the church is searching for a new senior pastor.The eldership requested me to chair the search committee and also serve as an interim pastor during the transition period while fulfilling my Seminary responsiblities. Pray for me and the family during this time.
I will be travelling to Zimbabwe for graduation of students who finished their training at Chikombedzi Chief Shepherd Bible College. I had the privilege of participating in the launch of this college in 2017 and also taught for few week. Now they invited me to attend their graduation in November 2022. We are trusting the Lord for a decent transportation to get there.
Developments and prayer requests
- Christ Seminary is preparing to register a level 5 Higher Certifacte of Theology at the end of June. This will cater for all Christians who are interested in studying the Bible. But the aim is to expose and market Christ Seminary to the nine provinces in South Africa and beyond.
- During the June-July break, we will host Seminars on marriage and also on preaching. And I will be speaking on the “Sufficiency of Scripture in the Marriage Relationship”.
- The church is planning a family camp around September 2022. And we are inviting brother S. M. to be our guest speaker. Pray that everything will run smoothly.
- On the following week the Seminary will host the Equipping conference for graduates, local pastors, church leaders, and our students in training.
- Christ Seminary needs two more faculty members.
- Christ Seminary needs new intake for 2023.
- There is one second year who desperately needs Tsonga Bibles.
May the Lord bless you and keep you by His grace as you labor in His vineyard. Thank you again for your care, support, and prayers in Jesus name.
Charlie and the Family
Christ Seminary (Pookwane South Africa)