Kilabi Bululu (b. 1932)

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Kilabi Bululu was born in the village of Kilembe, Kwenge, and became one of the most prominent leaders and ministers of the Communauté des Églises de Frères Mennonites au Congo, (Mennonite Brethren Church of Congo (formerly Zaire)) in Africa. He heard the Christian message first in 1948 and accepted Christ. He graduated from Bible institute in Kafumba. From 1967 to 1971 he studied at the Faculté de Théologie, Vaux-surSeine, France, receiving both BA and MA degrees (the first Congolese Mennonite Brethren to receive an MA degree in theology).

Kilabi held the positions of chairman of the Administrative Council of the Institut Supérieur Théologique de Kinshasa (Superior Institute of Theology in Kinshasa) and chairman of the National Theological Committee. For 10 years he served as vice-president within Bandundu Province for the Church of Christ in Zaire, the national unitary Protestant church. For years he was also a member of the Kikwit city council. He served as the first Zairian chairman and legal representative of the Mennonite Brethren Church of Zaire (1974-1984). During these years the church membership grew from 12,000 to ca. 30,000. After 1985 Kilabi was director and professor of the Mennonite Bible Institute in Kikwit. In 1987 he also accepted the position of assistant pastor in Kimpwanza church, which he had previously pastored for three years.

Author(s) Margaret Dyck
Date Published 1987

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