Mwanza Christian College - MCC

Mwanza Christian College - MCC


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Developing Christian servant leaders, through value-based training and research, to be agents of holistic transformation in the church and community, in Tanzania and beyond.”

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You are also welcome to enroll in our online #Diploma classes. Join our online studies and earn your Theology Diploma #certificate from the comfort of your home, office and even on the go.


All are welcome to apply for our September 2021 #intake.
Come study in the best #Christian #College in #Mwanza #Tanzania

[08/07/21]   PSALM 37:4
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.






Join us as we celebrate 🎉 our #graduation #graduation2021 #graduationday 👩‍🎓👨‍🎓on - July 31st, 2021.

Come see what the Lord has done.

Join us as we celebrate 🎉 our #graduation #graduation2021 #graduationday 👩‍🎓👨‍🎓on - July 31st, 2021.

Come see what the Lord has done.

















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Mwanza Christian College - MCC updated their website address. 05/07/2021

Mwanza Christian College - MCC updated their website address.

Mwanza Christian College - MCC updated their website address.

[07/05/21]   A Brief History of MCC.

Mwanza Christian College (MCC), formerly known as Saint Paul College (SPC), was initially founded by the missionaries of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC).

The college was launched in 1967, at the Nyasarori Mission Station, in the Mara region. Its original objective was to offer training courses for pastors and evangelists in the growing work of the Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG (T) denomination.

Each year church planters and leaders participated in six weeks of instruction, in the Swahili language. After five years of learning (beginning with 1971) the participants of the program were awarded certificates.
Coupled with practical experience, the certificates qualified the graduates to be ordained as pastors for the Christian ministry in PAG (T).

Rev. Paul Schellert was instrumental in laying the foundation for the vision of training servant church leaders during the early years of the college. Later on, in 1971, Rev. John Haug took over the responsibility of strengthening that vision.

In 1976 a decision was made to establish a permanent training facility in Mwanza, at its present location, along Makongoro Road (Now Airport Road), just opposite Rock City Mall.

In 1978 the training program was formalized, with a curriculum that was designed and taught to meet the specific needs of the continually expanding work of the PAG (T). The program, which was still being offered in the Swahili language, was taught in eight-week segments, for four years.

Most of the college’s early teachers were: the PAOC missionaries, guest lecturers from Canada, as well as, local pastors who had been ordained and were active in the PAG (T) leadership. All initial instructors came for two-week, block-teaching sessions, as assigned to them by the college principal.

Hence, a strong foundation for the college was established, through a partnership between missionaries and national leaders, leading to a successful training program for church ministry throughout Tanzania.

It was during these formative years that the college was developed with excellent facilities, built with the help of sacrificial donations of Christians from Canada.

Today, MCC is still regarded as one of the finest theological educational facilities in East Africa. Rev. John Haug’s service at the helm of MCC was curtailed by an illness in 1982.

Consequently, Rainer Mittelstaedt was appointed the college principal and continue with the work of training church leaders until 1986.

As the church grew and Tanzania continued to develop more, there was a need for more trained PAGT ministers. The church was expanding to more areas beyond the Lake region.

The church was still expanding in rural areas, but the urgent need to strengthen city churches became primary to the stability and future of PAG (T).

The greatest need was to provide theological training, which could give students greater access to resources that were not available in the Swahili language.

There was an urgent need for teachers who could assist in theological training. Such teachers also needed to access more training in higher learning institutions.

Some graduates of MCC were sponsored to study at the Pan Africa Christian University (PACU), formerly known as Pan African Christian College (P.A.C.C.), in Nairobi.

They were to be trained to meet the growing needs in the ministry work here in Tanzania. In addition, there were more and more students desiring to study in English and be trained to meet the needs of the changing social and educational environment in Tanzania.

Later, the college management decided to take the Swahili certificate program (which was instrumental in training many workers for ministry) and make it the extension program taught in regional centres.

Today, there are eleven of these Regional Bible Schools (RBS) and many are operating out of their facilities, specifically built for that purpose.

The regions fund the schools locally but the MCC maintains the academic supervision.

The Mwanza Christian College English Diploma program was simultaneously established with the RBS program, in 1988, during the tenure of Principal Leonard Rutten.

The first diploma class graduated in 1991. MCC continued with its training, in collaboration with the PAOC missionary teachers and local teachers from the PAG (T) denomination, MCC continued with its training.

Rev. Rutten concluded his tenure as principal in 1990 and was replaced by Heinz Batterman who assumed leadership of the college until 1993.

Thereafter, Rev. Jonas Onoka (one of the first students to graduate from the pioneer Nyasarori Ministers’ Certificate Program, who was also a regional leader) took over as the principal of MCC. He served the college in this role until his retirement in 2003.

After 2003, Rev. Len Mittelstaedt took the role of the college principal till 2007. After the retirement of Rev. Len Mittelstaedt, in 2007, Rev. Abel Thomas had a short stint as Principal for three months, before he was transferred to pastor the Dar-es-salaam Pentecostal Church (DPC).

After Rev. Abel Thomas left, Rev. Primus Ngeiyamu took over as the MCC principal till 2020. Currently, the MCC Principal is Rev. Dr Aggrey Mwakisole.

To help prepare students for entry into the diploma program, a Basic English Course was taught for one month before the beginning of a new program year. Although the diploma program was in Bible and Theology, many courses on English Grammar and writing courses were liberally spread throughout the three-year program.

At present, the college has introduced a certificate program specifically designed to assist students who have not had the benefit of secondary education, to prepare for and get enrolled into the Diploma program.
This one-year program is called English Proficiency Program (EPP) and is foundational in helping any student who completes it to qualify for entry into the new, revised English Bible and Theology Diploma Program.

The new diploma program will be the foundation of an undergraduate degree: Bachelor in Bible and Theology. The program lasts for two years, consisting of six quarters (three 3-month terms).

The two-year program is possible due to the standardization of theological training through the Theological Education and Leadership Training Advisory Council (TELTAC) for the thirteen PAOC affiliated colleges throughout Africa.

Also, talks are at advanced stages, for the MCC degree program to be supervised and the awarding of degrees will be under the academic mantle of Trans Africa Christian University (TACU) in Kitwe, Zambia.

This move expands the possibilities for training more qualified leaders for church ministry in Tanzania and beyond its borders – an ongoing fulfilment of the “Great Commission vision” of the founders of the college.

We look forward to continuing to develop the college, particularly, as the main PAG (T) ministers training institution of choice. We will also continue to build on the foundation and legacy left to us by the college’s founders, with our main goal being “to train servant-leaders, for God’s Service.”


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[05/24/21]   "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
(Romans 8:28)



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After the discovery of the internet, the world became "a global village”. You might have heard this cliché several times than you care to count already.

What it means is that sharing of information has become much faster than it used to be, just over a decade ago. We all agree that social media has completely revolutionized the way we interact with each other.

Most of the breaking news now happens online, even before it hits the newsrooms of mainstream media.

It is now easier to meet and make thousands of virtual “friends”, from all corners of the world, most of whom you will never have a chance to physically meet in this lifetime.

What is more, even family members who used to meet regularly are increasingly turning to the internet to catch up with each other. This is all thanks to online platforms such zoom, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, just to name but a few.

Yet we all know that online meetings can never effectively substitute the need to be physically present for our loved ones.

Growing up, the only thing that came close to social media was the greetings people sent through radio.

One community in Kenya (name withheld) was famous for this kind of greetings, popularly referred to as “nusu ya kuonana,” (which loosely translates to – partially meeting with each other).

But even then, the odds of missing the “salamus” were high since you needed to be near a radio, at the right time, for you to get the greetings read out by the radio presenter first-hand.

Otherwise, you would have to get the news of your radio greetings from your neighbours. Also, back then, few people could afford to send greetings on the radio or even own radios.

While social media has made it much easier for people to instantaneously interact and check on each other, without having to move an inch, its biggest casualty is the genuine and meaningful relationships that we need most in life.

Sadly enough, whenever you require real friends by your side, your online “friends” are likely to suddenly scatter to the four winds of this world.

Social media is the only place where you can have over 5000 “friends”, but still feel lonely. Yet, most people spend more time with their electronic gadgets.

Today, many people chat and do stuff online, more than they interact with the real people surrounding them – including the ones they are with, in the same house!

Unfortunately, having deep and meaningful conversations is a culture that is slowly dying in our homes. Gone with it is the true fireplace bonding, which our forefathers used to enjoy.

The less often people hold deep and meaningful, face-to-face conversations, the more difficult it is to open up to each other. This makes it even more difficult to develop authentic trust, which is the glue that holds strong, personal relationships together.

It is now common to step into a house, where over five family members are sitting in the same room, but each one of them is busy on social media. Though these people are together in the same room, each of them is literally alone in their small online world!

Such a scenario must have inspired Professor Sherry Turkle when she wrote a book that she aptly named: “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.”

In her book, Turkle masterfully tackles the existential threat posed by technology, (especially social media) on our real-life relationships.

With online “friends” available at the click of a button, we are no longer connected based on how close we are to each other, but how available our mobile devices are to us at the moment.

Since we always carry our smartphones with us, we end up with this false impression that we are always connected.
Today, many people have thousands of online friends, yet a majority of them feel lonely and hollow inside!

Have you ever paused to deeply reflect on how social media has affected your day-to-day life?
My next article delves into “Why Social Media has become a Fake, Make-believe World.”

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[04/27/21]   Mwanza Christian College (MCC) is one of the best Christian Colleges, not only in Tanzania but in the East African region too. Our sole mission is:

“To develop Christian servant leaders, through value-based training and research, to be agents of holistic transformation in the church and community, in Tanzania and beyond.”

1. To prepare, for the churches in Tanzania and East Africa, mature, committed, and conscientious ministerial leaders to serve with competence in ministries of the Church;

2. To further preserve, develop, produce, process, transmit and disseminate knowledge and thereby stimulate the spiritual, religious, intellectual life and cultural development of Tanzania and Africa at large;

3. To provide post-secondary level instruction in higher education for Christian faith and practice;

4. To equip students for Christian service in positions of leadership and activity in various Christian ministries;

5. To develop and transmit knowledge and skills through research and training at the college level;

6. To grant certificates, diplomas and other awards of the College;

7. To develop and provide programs for degree studies through the extension and by the supervision of Pan Africa Christian College (Nairobi) and Trans Africa Christian University (Zambia).

8. to determine policies and develop facilities consistent with the aims and objectives of the College;

Mwanza Christian College - MCC updated their business hours. 27/04/2021

Mwanza Christian College - MCC updated their business hours.

Mwanza Christian College - MCC updated their business hours.

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