A Synopsis of African Divine Church in Kenya with a Special Reference to Vihiga County

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Independent church movement is a phenomenon that engulfed the African continent since the colonial period. These movements are referred to as African Independent Churches. The factors that led to their emergence include political, economic, social cultural, Biblical translation and protestant denominationalism among others. These churches emerged as a protest to colonialism. The African Divine church hereafter referred to as ADC is one of these new religious movements whose headquarters is in Hamisi Sub-county of Vihiga County. The authors contribute to knowledge of new religious movements by discussing the historical background of ADC, examining the beliefs and practices of ADC in relation to marriage and death, assessing the role of women in leadership in ADC and theological aspects of the ADC with specific reference to worship, faith healing and prophecy. The book will greatly benefit scholars of African Religion.

Kima Pamela holds a MA in Religion and is currently pursuing a PhD. She is a high school Teacher where her current responsibility is Director of Studies and Christian Union patron. She is also a part time lecturer at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. She has published in a scholarly journal on the historical background of African Divine Church.

O. M. J. Nandi is an Associate Professor of Social Sciences. He has over twenty years of teaching and research at University. He has supervised graduate students at master and PhD levels. He is a registered member of several professional bodies and published many scholarly articles in international and regional journals. He has co-authored a book, “Women and Church Headship: A Focus on Selected Churches in Kakamega County, Kenya”. He served as the Chairman of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Maseno University and Founding Chair of the Department of Social Sciences Education, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST). He also has Acted as the Dean of Students and also served as Director of Privately Sponsored Students Programme for six years at MMUST. Currently, he is in charge of Kaimosi Campus of MMUST.

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