The AFM uses the Presbytery system of church government and the estimated membership of the AFM in Zimbabwe is 2 300 000 (2.3 Million) comprising believers from all walks of life and of various dialects.
AFM in Zimbabwe is led by a democratically elected President and Apostolic Council. They serve a 3 year term which can be extended as long as they are re-elected into office. The supreme board of the AFM is the National Workers Council. The Apostolic Council runs the church on behalf of the National Workers Council (NWC). The President is chairman of both the NWC and the National Council. Currently AFM in Zim has 26 provinces around the whole nation under the leadership of Overseers and provincial board of elders. The Overseer with the Provincial Committee runs the church on behalf of the provincial board of elders which is the supreme board at provincial level. As the church is grows, more and more provinces shall be created.
When Canadian born John G. Lake landed in Cape Town harbour on May 14, 1908, he had little idea of the impact he would have on the church in Southern Africa and internationally. He was accompanied by a close friend, Thomas Hezmalhach. He and Thomas Hezmalhach, who was born in England, both moved to America and came under the influence of the famous Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles in 1906.They both worked for a while in the ministry of Alexander Dowie's Zion City, and their ways crossed again at the Azusa Street Mission. In 1907 Lake became convinced of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. He prayed for nine months to receive it and then while praying with Thomas Hezmalhach for a woman suffering from rheumatic fever, he was baptised in the Spirit. In his own words Lake described what happened: "My nature became so sensitized that I could lay hands on any man or woman and tell what organ was diseased...." Thomas Hezmalhach had served as a minister of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in England, but when he came to America he became a preacher with Holiness Church. One night while riding on his horse he experienced the presence of God and started speaking in an unknown language. Later he learned from some Pentecostal people that he had experienced what they termed the "baptism in the Spirit". He then joined the Pentecostal Baptist Church.
John Graham Lake
Lake was born on 18 March 1870 in Ontario Canada. He was one of 16 children. His family suffered from various sicknesses, 8 of the children died early and at least one was left invalid. Lake trained as a Methodist minister and was ordained in 1891. He left the ministry to go into a series of business ventures. He founded a newspaper, moved into real estate and finally into the insurance business. Offered a $50 000 a year guarantee to be the manager of an insurance trust, Lake still felt that God was calling him to devote his energy to preaching the gospel. The sickness in his family brought Lake into contact with John Alexander Dowie, the apostle of healing of their time. Lake witnessed the resurrection of his sister who had died after being prayed for by John Alexander Dowie. After seeing the power of God demonstrated by Dowie in healing members of his family, including Jennie his wife, Lake entered the ministry of divine healing in 1901.
Having become close friends, John G. Lake and Thomas Hezmalhach were led to go to South Africa, sailing in April 1908. Lake brought his wife, seven children and four adults, believing that God would provide for their needs. After a few services in Cape Town and a short visit to Pretoria, they felt led by God to settle in Johannesburg. An American woman missionary called Mrs Goodenough met John G Lake and his team at the railway station telling them that during the night, God had told her about their coming to Johannesburg and that she should meet and accommodate them. By 3pm that day the Lakes were settled in a furnished home. Lake had a stronger leading personality though he was 22 years junior to Thomas Hezmalhach who was gentle and a loving person. Of Lake Lindsay writes: "Mr Lake was a strong, rugged character of loving and winning personality, and.....he was a rugged individualist, and such persons have a tendency to make enemies as well as devoted friends"Read More
National Executive Board Members:
Rev. A. Madziyire ( President )
Reverend Asphire Madziyire, President of The AFM in Zimbabwe including UK, USA and Australia branches, has been at the helm of leading the church from 2003 to date. In Zimbabwe alone, the church has 26 provinces. A graduate of Living Waters Theological Seminary Zimbabwe – 1987, he is an ordained full time minister of the AFM in Zimbabwe - 1988. He was appointed Provincial Secretary of Mateleland Central province from 1991 - 1993 and Provincial Secretary of Matebeleland North province from 1994 - 2000. From May 2000 to 2005 he was appointed Overseer of Matebeland North province. As the President, Rev A. Madziyire chairs the following departments : The Apostolic Council , National Workers Council , National YPU Committee and Living Waters Theological Seminary. Holder of Diploma in Ministry, Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies, Masters in Theology, Doctorate in Theology , he is married to Joshpine and they are blessed with five children.
Rev. T.I Murefu ( Vice President )
Rev. Titus Innocent Murefu is at present the Overseer and Chairman of Harare North Province. Born on 29 March, 1954 in Chivhu, he graduated at Living Waters in 1977 and was ordained in 1979. He is married to Winnet and they have 4 children; three boys and one girl.He first became pastor at Seke from 1978 to 1981, then was transferred to Waterfalls, which was the first suburban church. He was there from 1982 to 1998. He then transferred to Borrowdale Ebenezer Assembly in 1998 to date.He has gone through ranks and files within the Apostolic Faith Mission in Zimbabwe, from choir master of a local assembly to a Provincial Choir Master. From an Assembly pastor as well as Lecturer at Living Waters Bible Seminary. He was appointed Provincial Youth Leader from 1979 to 1984, then National Youth Leader from 1990 to 1998. He was Acting General Secretary from 1993 to 1997, then elected and appointed General Secretary from 1997 to 2003. He became Overseer for Mashonaland Province from 1997 to 2000, then of Harare Province from 2000 to 2003. He was elected Overseer of Harare East from 2006 to 2008 after the province was divided, he was then elected overseer of Harare North Province in 2008. Provincial Info
Rev. A.D Madawo ( General Secretary )
Rev A.D. Madawo is an ordained pastor of the AFM in Zimbabwe since 1992 and is also the Provincial Overseer of Chitungwiza East Province. Holder of a Diploma in Theology (LWTS), Bachelor of Religious Studies (LWTS) and Masters in Theology (Life Christian University - UK Branch), he functions in the Prophetic Apostolic Ministry. He is also one of the Lecturers at LWTS. After graduation from LWTS he started his pastoral duties in Inyati Rural area and later pastored in Victoria Falls. He pioneered two churches in Hwange and Marondera respectively. He is the current Assembly Pastor of New Life Assembly in Unit A, Seke which he pioneered in 1999. New Life Assembly is a 1 700 member church and has a 1 500 seater auditorium. Rev. A.D. Madawo is married to Mrs. C. Madawo and they are blessed with three children.Provincial Info
Elder M. Shumba ( Administrator )
Mr. Shumba assumed the national administrator’s office in 2009 during the Presidency of Rev. A. Madzyire. He was also provincial administrator of Midlands South province, and a member of the national Technical Development committee. Mr Shumba’s vision is to see a sound administration and financial management system in place in the AFM in Zimbabwe. His vision led him, through the resolution of the Workers Council in 2012, to write, the popular Cash Management Document of June 2012. Some of the projects which went through during the administration of Mr. Shumba are the Rufaro Development Trust concept; the improvement and expansion of water supply and general hygiene at Rufaro and the standardisation of pastors’ salaries. There is now a great improvement in the supply of water during conferences at Rufaro. Mr. Shumba’s leadership style involves consultation, teamwork and involvement. Mr Shumba has vast experience in administration, finance & investment, accounting and general management and has been a finance executive for a number of companies, including a number of mining houses.
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