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 (December 2022):
Greetings to you all AIT partners and friends
I want to thank you for your love and care. The Lord is to be praised for His goodness and
faithfulness. 2022 has been a challenging year to me, but the Lord granted me His grace that is
sufficient. In April 2022, my mom went to glory. Praise God she is safe in the hands of our Saviour.
And within a space of three months (May and June), the Seminary lost two faculty members due to
change of ministry. The Lord provided a registrar and one faculty member. The church (CBC) was
without a pastor during May to July. And I was requested to step in as a head pastor while the elders
were searching for the pastor. Even in this area the Lord granted me the strength and the grace for
that responsibility. I know I could not have done all these without your continuous prayers.
Our eldest son, Ronewa wrote his grade 12 examination and is preparing for college or
university education in 2023. His desire is to study Mechatronics (Mechanical Engineering
and Robotics). And the other two boys will be progressing to grade 9 and 4. My wife Beauty
graduated with a Diploma in Foundational phase Grade R (kindergarten). She loves working
with children at the church.
We have been blessed by the visit of Pastor Steve McAlister who was our family camp
speaker, Terry Cook, and Tom in South Africa. I was honored to have them in our Bible Study
group and also in my Romans Exposition class.
Twenty-eight (28) were in training this year. Among them six are hopeful to graduate in
Eighteen (18) men are accepted into the program for the new academic year. These men
are from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Uganda, and Malawi.
The church installed a new pastor in August 2022. Things are promising as we look forward.
The Church mission is reaching out to a nearby development with the aim of planting a
church. We go there and evangelize the community on Saturdays while praying that the Lord
will save many and we will disciple them. We want to start with a Bible study that will lead
to a church in this new area.
The Seminary is on break during December, and I will be taking a leave to be with my family
during the festive days.
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. Merry Christmas to you all.
Charlie and the Family
Christ Seminary (Pookwane South Africa)