World Church

East-Central Africa

East-Central Africa

The East-Central Africa Division is comprised of 11 countries. Amid a population of about 307 million, the Seventh-day Adventist Church counts more than 2.5 million members worshiping at more than 11,000 churches.

This division is home to the Adventist University of Africa in Kenya, which provides theological training to pastors across the continent. It also operates several other universities and many secondary schools.

The church in Rwanda has more than half a million members and is well regarded in the community. Rwandans are required to perform community service for basic country development on the last Saturday of each month, but the government allows Adventists to perform these duties on Sunday instead to accommodate Sabbath-observance.

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency has major operations throughout the division.

Kenyan long-distance runner Abel Kirui, an Adventist Church member, won the silver medal in the men’s marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Husband of Adventist Church member among victims in Nairobi terror attack

Husband of Adventist Church member among victims in Nairobi terror attack

Sep 24, 2013

The husband of an Adventist church member from Nairobi was killed during the terrorist attack in Nairobi’s Westgate Shopping Mall in which more than...

More

Tanzanian government grants charter to Adventist university

Tanzanian government grants charter to Adventist university

Aug 28, 2013

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete granted a charter to the University of Arusha, giving the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the country an...

More

In Rwanda, first lady opens Adventist Church’s International Women’s Congress

In Rwanda, first lady opens Adventist Church’s International Women’s Congress

Aug 08, 2013

Seventh-day Adventist women hold “untapped potential” to impact their communities, Rwanda’s first lady said at the church’s International Women’s...

More

In Kenya, court’s interim order gives Adventist students Sabbath off

In Kenya, court’s interim order gives Adventist students Sabbath off

Jun 03, 2013

Kenya’s High Court has issued an interim order for public schools to exempt Seventh-day Adventist students from attending classes on Saturday, the...

More

Ruguri says he’s against proposed Ugandan legislation regarding gays, lesbians

Ruguri says he’s against proposed Ugandan legislation regarding gays, lesbians

Dec 21, 2012

Recent comments in the Ugandan newspaper New Vision attributed to the head of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in East-Central Africa do not convey...

More

Adventist Olympian says post-marathon celebration is testament to faith in God

Adventist Olympian says post-marathon celebration is testament to faith in God

Aug 15, 2012

When Seventh-day Adventist long-distance runner Abel Kirui crosses a finish line, he drops to his knees and bows his head, offering a prayer in...

More

Our beliefs

Seventh-day Adventist beliefs are meant to permeate your whole life. Growing out of scriptures that paint a compelling portrait of God, you are invited to explore, experience and know the One who desires to make us whole.

Find out more