Christopher Mwashinga Biography - Life, Education, Ministry and More

Christopher Mwashinga Biography – Life, Education, Ministry and More

Christopher Mwashinga, Jr. (born on January 9, 1965) is a Tanzanian writer and poet who resides in the United States. He was born in Mbeya, Tanzania. He has written Christian poetry, theology, missionary work, and religious history publications. His poetry has appeared in respectable anthologies in the United States, as well as other nations such as Tanzania, Singapore, and Kenya. In addition to English, he also writes in Kiswahili.

Christopher Mwashinga Early Years

Christopher Mwashinga, Christopher Richard, born in Mbeya’s Igawalo ward, Tanzania, to Christine Mwashinga and Richard Male Mwashinga. He spent his initial 20 years in West Kilimanjaro, Tanzania’s southern highlands, almost 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from his hometown. He is the 3rd child of his parents’ eleven children.

Christopher Mwashinga’s Education

Christopher Mwashinga went to Ngare-Nairobi Elementary School in West Kilimanjaro for elementary school before moving south to Igawilo Sec. School in Mbeya for O-Levels and Songea Boys High School in Songea for A-Levels, both in Tanzania.

Christopher Mwashinga received his theological education at the University of Arusha formerly Tanzania Adventist College in Tanzania and the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton in Kenya, where he acquired a bachelor’s degree in theology.  He subsequently went to the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan, for graduate study. Mwashinga obtained two master’s degrees at the seminary: a Master of Arts in Religion (Systematic Theology) and a Master of Divinity.  In the same university, he is presently pursuing a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology.

Richard Aaron Mwashinga,  Anna Nakijwa Mwashinga and Christopher Richard Mwashinga II  are the children of Christopher Mwashinga and his wife Ruth Michael Mwashinga.

Christopher Mwashinga likes preaching and writing Christian poetry and non-fiction while traveling to other countries.

Youth and Student Ministry

Christopher Mwashinga, a Seventh-day Adventist preacher, has worked with youth and public university students in East Africa for many years.

He served as a chaplain responsible for Public Campus Ministries in Southern Highlands Conference formally known as the South-West Tanzania Field located in Mbeya before traveling to the United States for additional study. In the Eastern Tanzania Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, he also served as director of numerous church departments, including Public Campus Ministries, Youth, Education, Children’s Ministries, Public Affairs, and Religious Liberty, as well as coordinator of the Satellite Evangelism Program.  During his tenure, Christopher Mwashinga established the Campus Evangelistic Campaigns (CEC) program, which was in charge of planning and implementing evangelistic campaigns at Tanzania’s main public colleges. Between 2000 and 2004, he personally led large evangelistic campaigns at Sokoine University of Agriculture, University of Dar es Salaam[22], and Mzumbe University, using major university auditoriums such as Nkrumah Hall (University of Dar es Salaam), New Assembly Hall (Mzumbe University), and Multi-purpose Hall (Sokoine University of Agriculture), among others  He also addressed university communities at the University of Nairobi, Moi University, and the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, among others in Kenya.  He was a well-known voice at several of these educational institutions. He also lectured at colleges all around the globe as part of his worldwide tour.  

Christopher Mwashinga has spent the last two decades representing the Seventh-day Adventist Church in worldwide conferences and preaching engagements. He crossed the Atlantic 15 times between 2000 and 2017. He traveled to Brazil, Canada, the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Rwanda, Uganda, Thailand, Kenya, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Tanzania, Israel, the Czech Republic, and Zambia as part of his ministry and study tours. He gave presentations on a variety of topics and wrote hundreds of letters and emails while on those international trips. He also kept a diary and wrote hundreds of poems in both English and Kiswahili.

Non-Fiction and Christian Poetry

Short Poems by Christopher Mwashinga - Book Cover
Short Poems by Christopher Mwashinga – Book Cover

Christopher Mwashinga started writing and reciting poems at an early age. His first work was featured in Kilimanjaro Leo, which is a weekly Kiswahili local newspaper in his home Tanzania, when he was about 13 years old. He’s produced three compilations of English poetry since then: Beeches of Golden Sand: Inspirational Poems (2009), Windows of Love (2012), and Ocean of Grace (2013). (2016). Voice from the Diaspora (Sauti Toka Ughaibuni), Summit of Hope (Kilele Cha Tumaini), and Tumaini Lenye Baraka: Diwani ya Christopher Mwashinga are three compilations of Kiswahili poetry that he has written (The Blessed Hope). He has also written over fifteen more works, both academic and popular, especially in the areas of theology, ministry, and Christian history. His books on Theology and a Background of Christian Missions that were in East Africa, Changamoto na Fursa za Ukuaji: Uadventist Barani Afrika  (Challenges and Opportunities for Growth: Adventism in Africa), and Christopher Mwashinga’s works in several volumes are among his most notable non-fiction works.

Professional Organizations Membership

Evangelical Theological Society

American Academy of Poets

Michigan Academy of Science, Arts, and Letters

American Academy of Religion

Adventist Theological Society

Publications

Non-fiction

Rays of Hope: Living to Make a Difference was published in 2011.

Enduring the Cross: Messages of Salvation and Hope published in 2012

Utume na Ukristo Katika Afrika Mashariki was published in 2013.

Theology and the History of Christian Missions in East Africa, published in 2013

Barua na Mashairi, published in 2013

Insights From Bible Lands: Greece, Egypt, Israel, and Turkey,  published in 2014

Historia Fupi: Waadventista wa Sabato na Utunzaji wa Sabato, published in 2014

Moments of My Christian Experience was published in 2016.

Changamoto na Fursa za Ukuaji: Adventista Barani Afrika, published in 2017

Kumtumaini Yesu published in 2018

Crossing the United States published in 2019.

Waraka wa Paulo kwa Waefeso Published in 2020

The Beginning and Development of Missions: A History of Christianity in East Africa published in 2020

Poetry

Beaches of Golden Sand: Inspirational Poems was published in 2009.

Windows of Love, published in 2012.

Sauti Toka Ughaibuni, published in 2014

Kilele cha Tumaini, published in 2016

Ocean of Grace was published in 2016.

Tumaini Lenye Baraka: Diwani ya Christopher Mwashinga, published in 2017.

Sauti ya Matumaini na Faraja published in 2018

Masikio Mawili, Mdomo Mmoja: Mashairi ya Watoto published in 2019

Christopher Mwashinga‘s Short Poems published in 2019

Mionzi ya Matumaini, published in 2020

Njia ya Matumaini, 2021

Mwenge wa Matumaini, published in 2022

Christopher Mwashinga‘s Collected Poems, 1991-2021, published in 2021

Project 1 of Christopher Mwashinga‘s Works (English)

2014: Christopher Mwashinga‘s Letters, Vol. I

2014: Christopher Mwashinga‘s Sermons, Addresses, and Poems, Vol. II

2020: Christopher Mwashinga: Theology and Mission, Vol. III

2017: Christopher Mwashinga‘s Journals and Diaries Vol IV

The Works of Christopher Mwashinga project 2 (Swahili)

Kazi za Christopher Mwashinga, Maandiko ya Awali, Juzuu ya I, published in 2019

Kazi za Christopher Mwashinga Mashairi, Juzuu II published in 2020

Kazi za Christopher Mwashinga, Barua, Mahubiri, Theolojia, Utume, Juzuu III, published in 2020

Articles in Journals

Christopher R. Mwashinga (2016). “Trends and Implications in Global South Christianity and Adventism.” Berrien Springs, Michigan: Andrews University Seminary Student Journal, 2 (1): 33–51.

Christopher R. Mwashinga (2017). “The link between Economic and Social Status and Witchcraft in Africa” Berrien Springs, Michigan: Journal of Adventist Mission Studies, 13 (1): 23–32.

Christopher R. Mwashinga (2019). Journal of the Adventist Theological Society, Berrien Springs, Michigan, 30 (1–2): 163–178, “Personality of the Holy Spirit: A Biblical, Historical, and Theological Investigation.”

Christopher R. Mwashinga (2020). Andrews University Seminary Student Journal, Berrien Springs, Michigan, 4 (1–2): 73–88. “Adventism In East Africa: Were The Initial Mission Strategies Effective?”

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