Lubumbashi Bible School

Rev. Jean ILUNGA

In 1990, Pastor Jean Ilunga and his wife returned to Lubumbashi after three years of training at our AG Bible school in Kinshasa. Their vision was to train others who had no access to training in the Katanga Province. Today, Pastor Ilunga is the provincial superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Katanga, but he is still the only AG pastor from Katanga who has ever been trained in Kinshasa. The Katanga Province, which is the size of Spain and has a population of more than 10 million, desperately needed a Bible school of its own. We are now working with Pastor Ilunga and the national church to build a Bible school campus in Lubumbashi, the capital of the Katanga Province and second largest city in DR Congo. We are excited about the potential of this new beachhead of training—not only to meet the desperate need for training in the Katanga Province, but to also provide trained pastors and church leaders for the massive Swahili-speaking population of eastern Congo.

Katanga Province

Lubumbashi Bible School
Project #15141

Location: Katanga Province
Size: 191,843 square miles (>Cameroon)
Population: 10.1 million
AG Churches in 2006: 199
Trained AG Pastors in 2006: 50

Bible School Construction

We broke ground on the phase one academic building in Lubumbashi in 2012. As the construction of this campus progresses, it is exciting to see the reaction of our pastors in Katanga, where they have been waiting to see a Bible school built on this site for many years. “It’s what we always dreamed of,” they say. We are so grateful to our partners in the States who have given so generously to help make this dream a reality. The 3,864 sq ft academic building, which provides two large classrooms, four offices, and a library, was completed in 2017. The phase-two building has also been completed. It provides more classroom space, a cafeteria, kitchen, bathrooms and a small apartment for visiting professors. We are currently raising funds to build a large chapel that will also serve as a local church and conference center.

Lubumbashi Bible School - Academic Building
Lubumbashi Bible School – Academic Building