African Pastors’ Conferences exists to glorify God through Jesus Christ in equipping pastors to lead Christ-exalting biblical churches as Christ-like servant leaders through the faithful ministry of God’s word in preaching and leading Bible studies.

The Conferences

APC provides training for pastors in the form of one to two day conferences. Most of these pastors have not been able to attend seminary, or receive any formal training, due to being engaged in full-time employment in order to support themselves and their families, in addition to their pastoral duties. The pastors who attend need only to affirm that the Bible is their sole authority for determining right doctrine and practice, which means that we are able to reach out to many who may not have any Reformed understanding.

Many of the speakers at APC are themselves pastors of churches across Africa, most notably Zambia, Kenya and South Africa – countries where the Reformed faith has become more established by God’s grace. This enables delegates to grasp a historic Christian understanding of the Bible, rooted in the African context and worked out in the experience of African churches that have been reformed. African pastors are ably assisted by visitors from overseas, especially the United States and the United Kingdom, providing rich variety and depth to the teaching given.

Each pastor receives a packet of up to five free books to help with further study. In addition, the pastors and Bible teachers are eligible to purchase books from many faithful authors and publishers at significant discounts.

The Fruit

Thousands of pastors have been reached through the ministry of APC. Conferences now take place each year across the continent in nations as diverse as Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Senegal, Ghana and of course South Africa. Leaders across these nations sponsor the conferences and assist in the work, gathering congregations of pastors and bringing them under the word of God, soundly preached and applied. Thousands of books are distributed, helping these men to access solid and sound Reformed theology not just at the conference, but in their own homes and studies throughout the year. One of the features of each conference is the question time, where literally thousands of questions have been answered over the years from the scriptures. Such questions have included: Can women be pastors according to scripture? Do those who have the Holy Spirit still speak in tongues? How can we know which translation of the Bible is best to use?


Though often heralded around the world as a great centre of Christianity, sub-Saharan Africa is overrun with churches preaching a mix of prosperity gospel and traditional African religion. Such false teaching prompted Pastors Errol Hulse and Irving Steggles to meet about the possibility of training conferences for African pastors in 2005. Earlier Dennis Hustedt had initiated a series of training conferences in KZN in South Africa.

African Pastors’ Conferences was borne out of a great desire to see churches in Africa undergo reformation to become more biblical in their teaching and practice. The initial run of APCs occurred in January of 2006. For the first two years, APC was a January-only phenomenon.

In subsequent years, APC continued to add conferences, eventually producing conferences throughout the year. Conferences are now held as far north as Uganda and Kenya and as far west as Nigeria. Both Errol Hulse and Irving Steggles have now gone to be with the Lord of their faith, but their legacy lives on and the work of APC continues to thrive, by the grace of our sovereign Lord.

Confessional Foundations

Although the pastors who attend need only to affirm that the Bible is their sole authority for determining right doctrine and practice, that is not true of the preachers! Every man who ministers at the conferences is required to subscribe to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (the 1689), and to teach in accordance with the Confession. This gives the conferences a solid foundation, rooted in the whole counsel of God, and secure in its theological moorings.

African-Pastors-ConferencesThe need

APC works to make the ministry operate efficiently, through keeping things simple, staying in pastors’ homes, working alongside local organisers and keeping costs to a minimum. Though APC strives to operate economically wherever possible, it is inherently an expensive ministry. The cost of shipping books from the UK or the US, coupled with the cost of transporting these books to remote locations across the vast continent of Africa, means that the ministry needs money to operate. The cost of a single conference can run up to several thousands of pounds. That’s where you can help!

Sponsor a Conference

Your church can be directly involved in the training of pastors in Africa by sponsoring a conference. An individual conference can cost between £2000 and £4000. When your church sponsors a conference, you will receive updates regarding attendance and outcome of the conference. In this way, you will be more involved and better informed as to how your church can continue to pray for the delegates who attended your conference!

Organisation & Accountability

APC is governed by a minimum of three directors who manage and direct the business affairs of the company. These directors have authority to appoint further directors, in consultation with the management team, as the need arises. Directors will serve in a voluntary capacity and receive no payment for their services, and will not benefit personally financially from the organisation, excepting only for expenses incurred in the process of service. The South African director is the executive director and therefore has a hands-on role, chairing management committee meetings, proposing the conference speakers and annual conference themes, in consultation with the directors, and will supervise the day-to-day running of the ministry in agreement with the APC management committee and the approval of the directors. He will work most closely with the conference manager, book room manager and treasurer.

APC is registered in South Africa as an NPO and rigorously adheres to all requirements of the South African government concerning safeguarding, financial management and employment law.

In 2023 the directors are presently Joshua Bolaji (RSA), Conrad Mbewe & Isaac Makashinyi (Zambia), Oliver Allmand-Smith (UK), Murungi Igweta (Kenya), John Divito & Thomas Winn (USA).

How to Give

In the UK, donations can be made through Reformation Today Trust, with whom APC has shared a fruitful partnership over many years. Please click on the donations button above, to the right of the APC button, and select APC when making your donation.

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