■ Lita Cosner chats with Dr Conrad Mbewe
LC: Pastor Mbewe, how did you come
to know the Lord, and what made
you want to become a pastor?
CM: I was brought up in a church-going family, but the
church did not emphasize Gospel preaching. When my older
sister was converted in 1978, I first witnessed a life transformed by the power of the Gospel. At about the same time, a
friend sent me a letter explaining the way of salvation. For the
first time, I realized I needed to be saved from sin. I struggled
with this, then on the morning of 30 March 1979, I finally knelt
down by my bedside and prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ to
save me, and was baptized one year after my conversion.
Over the next few months, I began to sense a desire within
me to be a preacher, especially when reading my Bible and
praying. An older Christian I sought out for counsel advised
me to continue my studies in mining engineering and simply
wait upon the Lord to open the door into pastoral ministry. I
soon became the student leader of the university Christian
fellowship and even led the evangelical Christian student
movement in the country before I graduated. When I went to
work in the Zambian mines, my church asked me to fill the
pulpit whenever I was not working; I became their de facto
unpaid pastor. Finally, in 1987 Kabwata Baptist Church called
me to be their first pastor—and I am still there, 30 years later!
What is some of the history of
Christianity in Zambia?
The famous missionary-explorer David Livingstone in the
19th century initially brought Christianity to central Africa.
One of his greatest concerns was to stop the slave trade
Dr Conrad Mbewe is pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in
Lusaka, Zambia, Principal of Lusaka Ministerial College,
and Chancellor of the African Christian University in
Zambia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Mining
Engineering from the University of Zambia, and a Ph.D.
in Missions from Pretoria University. He is the editor of
Reformation Zambia magazine and has written four
internationally available books—Maintaining Sexual
Purity, Foundations for the Flock, Lessons From the Lives
of Olive Doke and Paul Kasonga, and Pastoral Preaching.
He is married to Felistas, and they have three biological
children and three adopted children.
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