Rev. Dr. Emma Kiwanuka

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Rev. Dr. Emma Kiwanuka

Senior Pastor

Emma Kiwanuka is the founding pastor of Zana Community Church which was planted in 1997. This church is mission-minded and committed to Biblical teaching as taught from a reformed point of view.

In 1996, Emma founded Westminster Theological College and Seminary with the purpose of training church leaders and Christian teachers in Uganda and Africa at large — especially in the reformed churches. The college has students from Uganda, nine other African countries, and even  from as far away as the Philippines. Emma also oversees a farming project and Fish Ponds that feed over 600 Children with sustainable farming at the Zana Christian school and Community Children’s Center, which he and his wife run. They minister to hundreds of Uganda’s orphans through programs that are dedicated to educating, developing character,  meeting their physical and emotional needs, and pointing them to Christ. These programs include sharing the Word of God with the people in their homes where  these children are living. They let them know that God and His people care about them personally, about their struggles, and about their spiritual life. The Zana Church is also planting churches within their community to reach Ugandans for Christ through discipleship and training. Many have given towards this ministry that honors God and Christ.

Emma was born in one of the poor parts of Uganda to Roman Catholic parents and came to know the Lord while attending high school in 1980. He faced persecution, but the Presbyterian Church in Uganda took responsibility for him until he came to study on scholarship in the United States at Reformed Bible College in Michigan. He graduated and went back to Uganda in 1986. His mission started with church planting and training church leaders until the Lord opened a door for him to attend Westminster Theological Seminary in California for Graduate Studies (1994-96). Emma also received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Miami International Seminary.  He and his wife Allen have three children.

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