World Church

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.

In Tanzania, new ADRA project to support albino community

Dec 14, 2010

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency in the United Kingdom is providing support and training for the albino community in Tanzania, which faces...

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In Uganda, murdered Adventist radio reporter was running for public office

In Uganda, murdered Adventist radio reporter was running for public office

Sep 22, 2010

A senior radio news anchor at a Seventh-day Adventist-owned station in Kireka was beaten to death last week, possibly in connection with his recently...

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Somalia's ruling militant group orders ADRA to leave country

Somalia's ruling militant group orders ADRA to leave country

Aug 09, 2010

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is one of three humanitarian agencies that Somalia's ruling militant group is asking to leave the region....

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In East-Central Africa, Adventist president urges 'ownership' of church

In East-Central Africa, Adventist president urges 'ownership' of church

May 26, 2010

Seventh-day Adventist world church President Jan Paulsen recently encouraged local leadership and members in East-Central Africa to "take...

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In Kenya, Adventist leadership distancing itself from proposed abortion law

May 07, 2010

Seventh-day Adventist Church leadership in Kenya are not urging opposition or support for a proposed law that may relax abortion restrictions in the...

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In Uganda, Adventist Church takes stand against penalties toward homosexuals

Jan 11, 2010

In a statement released last week, Seventh-day Adventist world church leadership said it had "noted with concern" comments attributed to...

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