Abel Tendekayi Muzorewa


Abel Tendekayi Muzorewa is an experienced clergyman and Christian leader of international repute. Bishop Muzorewa was born in 1925 at Old Mutare Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe. He received a diploma in theology from the Old Mutare Biblical Institute in Zimbabwe, graduated in the USA from Fayette Methodist College, Missouri with a BA in religion and philosophy, and Scarritt College, Tennessee, with a Masters of Arts in Christian Education. In addition, he has been conferred with several honorary doctorates from educational institutions in the USA, including the following: Doctor of Human Letters from Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa; Doctor of Laws from Mount Union College, Canton, Ohio; and Doctor of Divinity from Garret Evangelical Seminary, Evanston Illinois.

In 1973 the United Nations honored him as a Human Rights recipient of the Prizes in Leadership for his nonviolent struggle for justice and freedom for oppressed peoples of Zimbabwe. The citation covered the period when the bishop became leader of the African
National Council (ANC), which brought all feuding nationalist parties together against British colonialism in Southern Africa including Zimbabwe. Pope John II honored Bishop Muzorewa, in the same year, with the Medal of Peace for his inimitable role in the fight for justice and peace in Zimbabwe and indeed the African continent. Subsequently, this liberation movement led him to become the first black Prime Minister of Zimbabwe. Renowned magazine editors commented on him as one of the eleven living spiritual giants.

After an illustrious service in the ministry of God (United Methodist Church) as pastor, ecumenical Youth Secretary, Bishop, and Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, the Bishop is retired but not tired. He is currently actively involved with his foundation, called the Bishop A. T. Muzorewa Evangelism Foundation (BATMEF - www.BATMEF.org). He keeps busy with engagements all over the world and continues his illustrious service in the ministry of God.

In addition to Evangelism that Decolonizes the Soul: Partnership with Christ, the bishop has written an autobiography called Rise Up and Walk.

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