Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is excited to have Dr. Conrad Mbewe as its main guest speaker at this year’s Puritan Reformed Conference held at the beautiful Prince Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. Mbewe worked as a Mining Engineer in Zambia before answering God’s call into the pastoral ministry in 1987. Since then he has been the pastor of the Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, which is currently overseeing the planting of about twenty churches in Africa. Apart from pastoring, he maintains an active preaching ministry around the world and edits Reformation Zambia magazine. He has authored a number of books, including Foundations for the Flock: Truths About the Church for all the Saints. He is the Chancellor of the African Christian University and the Principal of the Lusaka Ministerial College. He is married to Felistas, and has been blessed with three children plus two foster daughters.
Dr. Mbewe has been called by many the Spurgeon of Africa. In fact, a 2003 World Magazine article has suggested that the comparison may be because of a number of similarities with the 19th century British Preacher. Here is an excerpt:
Mr. Mbewe isn’t sure why listeners compare him to the British “Prince of Preachers.” Perhaps it is because Mr. Spurgeon too toiled to the point of collapse, ministering to a congregation of 4,000, delivering sermons 10 times a week, managing an orphanage, and running a preachers’ college—all of which culminated in exhaustion and gout.
Or perhaps it is because Mr. Mbewe shares Spurgeon’s love for writing. Spurgeon edited and wrote for his monthly magazine, The Sword and Trowel; Mr. Mbewe has been writing two columns a week for the last 10 years in the country’s Daily Chronicle newspaper. One is a sermon, while the other examines popular social questions and is tailored for the ordinary man, similar to Spurgeon’s selection of parables, John Ploughman’s Talk.
But where the Zambian pastor most resembles Spurgeon is in his challenge to the ‘mile wide and inch deep’ church in Zambia.
You won’t want to miss this opportunity to hear a truly gifted minister of the gospel at this year’s conference, August 21-23, on “The Beauty and Glory of Christ’s Bride.” For more information or to register, visit us online at www.puritanseminary.org. Visit soon. The early bird pricing of just $65 per person ends July 31.
Dr. Mbewe will also be preaching at Harbor Reformed Baptist Church in Holland, Michigan, August 24, at 10:45 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m. at the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation, Grand Rapids, Michigan.