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Autobiography

Rev. Jean Serge Lumu Shabani

 

 

The Rev. Jean Serge Lumu Shabani was born in Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) 43 years ago. 

Presently, Rev. Lumu is employed at World Vision International.  He serves as the National Christian Commitment Manager.  This involves church engagement for child well-being; peace building in the Great Lakes region and DRC; gender based violence; increasing church awareness for greater economic development; celebrating family with the church; HIV-AIDS programming; and servant-leadership programs.

Rev. Lumu earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Shepherd and Lapsley University Presbyterian of the Congo/Université Presbytérienne du Congo (UPRECO) in 1999.  At the same time, he received a teaching certificate.  He has begun work on a doctorate of philosophy degree at Congo Protestant University /Université Protestante du Congo (UPC).

Rev. Lumu has earned a number of certifications that have made him a national expert on a variety of health and societal concerns in the DRC.  To date he is certified in HIV program management, Reproductive Health program management, peace building, election management process, and a gender specialist who focuses on the needs of women and children.

He was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in 2001. A person whom he admired in the ministry is the late Rev. Jacques Malemba, pastor of Community Presbyterian Church (CPK) Kingasani II. Rev. Lumu served as Assistant Pastor and Pastor at CPK Kingasani church in Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for 9 years.

Rev. Lumu’s wife, Danielle Bonko Mbuyi, is a licensed attorney.  She spends her days raising the couple’s four children:  Yedidia, 12; Barbara, 9; Nathan, 8; and Allegra, 4. Mrs. Lumu also volunteers with a non-governmental agency called Women and Children of Hope.  This agency provides free education, low-cost healthcare, and skills training for women living in the city.

Other pastoral positions Rev. Lumu has held include being a Chaplain and Pastor in city of Kananga, DRC and Associate Pastor and University Chaplin at University of Kinshasa-Gombe.  He was the Associate Chaplin at IMCK Hospital in Kananga, CPK, Youth Department Director for 10 years, and served on the National Board of Youth for the Eglise (Church) of Christ in Congo (ECC) for 5 years.  This is a national organization that represents all Protestant churches in the DRC.

His memberships include the All African Conference of Churches, DRC; and the Network of Church Members.

Rev. Serge Lumu is well accustomed with Congolese youth issues. He is one of the leaders in the Congolese Presbyterian Church willing to promote information technology for youth.

He likes to sing church hymns and new church melodies of DR Congo. As counselor, he likes children’s and women’s ministries.  He likes to play soccer, basketball, and frisbee.

CPK Kingasani church in Kinshasa is a Sister Church to Carver Memorial PC in PEVA.

 

Communauté Presbytérienne de Kinshasa,  (CPK)

The Presbyterian Community of Kinshasa was formed by groups of Christians coming from the center two Kasai Provinces of the country where the other and former Presbyterian Community in Congo (CPC) was and is now concentrated. The original single Congo Presbyterian Church grew out of 100 years of mission effort and witness by the American Presbyterian Congo Mission, with missionaries supplied by southern Presbyterian Churches. Because of the greater than 1000 miles of nearly road-less distance and the difficulties with communication, it became convenient to have an autonomous church in Kinshasa, the capital of the country. The CPK’s mission work continued  with work upstream and downstream from Kinshasa all along the Congo River and is active in four Congo provinces. (Kinshasa, Bandundu, Lower Congo and Equator). 

The American Presbyterian Mission agreed to the establishment of the Presbyterian Mission of Léopoldville (PML) – later renamed Kinshasa – in 1955. Christians from other denominations living east and west from the colony’s capital, Leopoldville, along the Congo River, were welcome to join the Presbyterian mission and church if they wished. In January 1960 the PML decided to found an autonomous church under the name Church of Christ in Congo - Presbyterian Section of Léopoldville, or best known as the CPK. The church was officially registered in May 1960. Of all the Protestant churches in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the exception of the Catholic Church, the CPK was the first to be recognized by the newly formed independent government. 

The CPK uses the symbol and confessions of the apostles as its faith. It recognizes the two sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion in its worship.

The CPK Church maintains strong fraternal relations with its mother church, the Presbyterian Community of Congo (CPC), especially in the area of leadership training. The two churches jointly own the Sheppard and Lapsley Presbyterian University of Congo based in Kananga in Western Kasai. The two are founding members and jointly cooperate with the work of the Ecumenical Church of Christ in Congo, (ECC in many of its educational, health and community outreach programs of mission. When the latter was created in 1970 the name of the denomination became Church of Christ in Congo - Presbyterian Community of Kinshasa. It has started a mission among the Pygmies addressing the concerns of about 200 villages. The CPK has official sanction and authority to operate 60 primary and 44 secondary schools. It has a pastoral institute and an institute of advanced theology, an institute of medical technology and a professional construction school. 

Since 1984 the CPK has joined the ECC program "Health for All by the Year 2020" and now operates six health centers, two small maternity wards, two hospital centers and three clinics. PC(USA) Missionary Larry Sthreshley and his wife Inga live in Kinshasa where Larry organizes, develops, finances and services many Government Health Zones currently staffed, trained and operated by various Protestant Congo Church health care clinics, hospitals and training organizations.

The ecclesiastical structure of the CPK is Presbyterian and partners with the PC USA.  It has similar consistories, presbyteries, synods and its own general assembly. In all the decision-making bodies are all elected and comprised of both men and women clergy and elders. The laity is organized in three federations: that of women, men and youth.

 

 

 

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