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Below is the list of the men and women of God, that contributed and some still contributing to Pentecostalism in South Africa

Information on Pastor Richard Ngidi, Rev. William Duma, and the like is still in process. Anyone who has more on them is free to contribute.

To the Glory of Jesus
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Rev. Job Y. Chiliza

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
To the Glory of Him whose NAME is above all names
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

To the Glory of Jesus
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Rev N.B.H. Bhengu- UKhehla

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Job Y. Chiliza

1886-1963

Founder of the African Gospel Church

Rev. Job Y. Chiliza was the first Moderator of the African Gospel Church. He was once associated with the Zionist group of Ezra Mbonambi although he later criticized it severely. He believed, for reasons known to him, that they did not base their service on the Word of God.

Sundkler recalls the impression of Chiliza during the service. "In the midst of it all, Job Chiliza stood there on the platform. An immense volume of sound rising and falling, swelling and surging and fading, directed by the two fingers of Chiliza's slow-moving right hand. One felt that he held them all in that strong and quiet hand of his" (Sundkler 1976: 85). My father also remembers Chiliza very well. "UChiliza wayengumuntu ophantsi," which simply means that he was humble. The miracles that The Lord vested on Chiliza captivated Bhengu in a tremendous way. Their relationship was like that of Elijah and Elisha. Among other things, Chiliza emphasized the power of confession of sins in a Christian's life.

Nicholas B.H. Bhengu

1909-1985

Founder of the Assemblies of God- Africa Back to God

Rev. Nicholas B.H. Bhengu was born in 1909 at Entumeni (KwaZulu-Natal). I run short of words to describe Bhengu, thus Pastor Mpofu (AOG) once said "...he was a man who walked with God" (Thaba-Nchu, 2000).

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<<<This is Nicholas Bhengu preaching in East Rand in 1957

It was Bhengu himself who gave spiritual birth to Pastor Phillip Msiza, Richard Ngidi, and many others. Known as "Manotsha or uKhehla" by his converts, Bhengu was inevitably the epitome of what The Lord intended him to be. He is no longer with us, but the "character" can still be seen on some of the men in Assemblies of God. He is viewed by Anderson as "...the most effective of any Pentecostal leader in South Africa. His ministry was characterized by miracles and sound doctrine. It is said that, Bhengu saw it from the old man Chiliza who was very old at that time. They became very close.  In his book, What a giant of faith, Khathide puts it as a "link of fire" from Chiliza to Bhengu, from Bhengu to Ngidi. That was phenomenal! Furthermore, Bhengu was an evangelist, a teacher of the word, and a pastor. Through his ministry a very large congregation was born in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and the rest of South Africa together with the neighboring countries. Bhengu emphasised holiness and the fear of God, among other things. He taught his church to be self-sustained and he also encouraged material independence (hand work).

 



This is Nicholas Bhengu
preaching in East Rand
in 1957
 

John Bond wrote a nice book in this regard. It is

entitled For the record and can be ordered from:

The Assemblies of God Group Administration             

 PO Box 767, Parow 7499, South Africa,

Telephone: +27 21 930 2536

e-mail: aogsa@netactive.co.za