WHO WE ARE
Our Vision and Mission
Our vision is to be the most faithful and effective catalyst for holistic urban evangelism in Africa.
To evangelise the cities of Africa in word and deed in partnership with the church.
Our Core Values
- Authority of scripture: We hold the Bible as the ultimate source of truth.
- Commitment: We are committed to honouring God in all we do.
- Excellence: We are committed to achieving best outcomes.
- Integrity: We reflect integrity in all our work, in our accountability to supporters.
- Unity: We believe in unity in Christ
As a young South African man, just 21 years old, Michael Cassidy had a heart for his people and felt the Lord calling him to city-evangelism in Africa. During the summer of 1961, he set out on an exploratory visit to 31 major cities of Africa, a trip in which God’s vision for Michael became clear. On a long walk on the beach, Michael drew an outline of Africa in the sand and wrote “claimed for Christ” inside it. His experience is recounted in the book African Harvest: “He wrote in his diary; ‘I asked God for 50 years of ministry in Africa.’”
Graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1963, Michael returned to South Africa with a small team and his work began. The first city-wide mission was held in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and from there the work expanded slowly across the continent. A second team was established in Uganda in 1971 under the leadership of Bishop Festo Kivengere. Today AE has teams in eleven African countries: Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Ethiopia and Zambia.
Our Governance and Leadership
African Enterprise International is a Partnership made up of 11 National Teams across Africa and 6 Support Teams. The AE International Council, the topmost decision making organ for the African Enterprise Partnership, is primarily made up of Board chairpersons and CEOs drawn from the National Teams and Support boards.
The African Enterprise International Board, the Body appointed by the International Council to manage the affairs of the African Enterprise Partnership, is made up of Christian leaders from diverse backgrounds and nationalities.
Rev Canon Dr John Senyonyi,
International Board Chair
John Senyonyi holds a PhD in Mathematical Statistics from the University of Melbourne, Australia (1984), and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nairobi (1978). His teaching career began during the atrocious years of Idi Amin at Makerere University in 1978. Following the ouster of Amin, John was awarded a scholarship to study at the University of Melbourne for almost five years. He taught at Makerere University in the Department of Mathematics, from 1978-1980 and 1984-1987. At the invitation of Bishop Festo Kivengere, he left University teaching to follow God’s call into itinerant evangelism. He later graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Evangelism/Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Trinity International University (1992), USA.
From 2001 to 2020 Uganda Christian University (UCU) has been his workstation. He began as the University Chaplain of UCU, but was promoted to Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance and Administration) of the University, two and a half years later. Three years later when a new portfolio was created he was asked to become the (first) Deputy Vice Chancellor for Development and External Relations. In September, 2010, he was appointed the second Vice Chancellor (President) of Uganda Christian University.
John early life was deeply influenced by the East African Revival. He later came to faith in Jesus Christ during his first year at the University of Nairobi in 1976. He became involved in student ministry with the Navigators both at the University of Nairobi, and later as a graduate student at the University of Melbourne. For thirteen years he worked as an evangelist/Team Member with African (Evangelistic) Enterprise from 1988 – 2000, traversing mainly the African continent doing itinerant evangelism. He is an evangelist and has preached widely both on the African continent and beyond, especially in the United States of America. He has spoken at national functions (both within Uganda and abroad) before presidents, at international conferences, in churches, at large open-air crusades, at Youth gatherings, and in many other places. He serves on several Boards within Uganda and internationally.
John Senyonyi is happily married to Dr. Ruth Nantege Senyonyi, one of the first professional Counselling Psychologists in Uganda. She works as Deputy Director in the (central) Bank of Uganda heading Counselling and Staff Welfare Services. They have four lovely adult and working children, Sarah Nakirayi Nsubuga (married to Arthur Nsubuga), John Paul Muwanguzi Senyonyi (married to Eleanor Mirembe), Benjamin Senyonyi and Matthew Senyonyi. They have four delightful Grandchildren, Sinza Mwagala Nsubuga, Tenda Mirembe Nsubuga and Anaya Bayigga Senyonyi.
Ms. Charity Kivengere,
IB Member (Uganda)
Mrs. Grace B. Masalakulangwa,
IB Member (Tanzania)
Dr John Reynolds,
IB Member and Board Chair of AE USA
John Reynolds, PhD, serves as President at Los Angeles Pacific University (LAPU) in Los Angeles, California, USA. Prior to his 20-year career in higher education, John worked and consulted in over 40 countries, travelling to over 90 countries to speak, consult and advise educational and national NGO leaders. He serves on several profit, non-profit, and educational boards, including African Enterprise (USA), African Enterprise (Canada), LCC International University (Lithuania), Azusa Pacific Educational Foundation (South Africa), Brewer Direct (USA), and Tabor College (Australia). John was born and educated in South Africa and has been a resident in the USA since 1991. His undergraduate studies are in computer science, followed by graduate work in management information systems and business, and finally doctoral work in Higher Education. In addition to his CEO responsibilities, he teaches in the areas of strategy, board governance, and organizational change. John is an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church and serves as a regular bible teacher and devotional writer. He is married to Carole and has two adult married sons.
Mr. David Ralph,
IB Member and Board Chair of AE Australia
Mr. Ralph has many years’ business experience working in the corporate world and 20 years running his own multi-site SME business. He is currently CEO of an Evangelical Christian social enterprise organization. David has a passion for mission and social enterprise that makes a difference in people’s lives. Married to Margaret and with 3 adult children, David is actively engaged in leadership roles in his local church. He currently serves as the Board Chair of AE Australia.
Prof William Ogara,
Rev. Canon Dr Antoine Rutayisire,
IB Member and Board Chair of AE Rwanda
Rev. Canon Dr. Antoine Rutayisire is an Anglican priest, Christian leader, author, preacher and teacher of the Word of God. He holds a Doctoral degree in Missiology from Fuller Seminary, CA, USA. He is a former vice chairman of the Rwandan National Unity and Reconciliation Commission. Rev. Antoine has been involved in the AEE Rwanda since 1992 as the secretary of national board, as Team Leader and currently as the Board Chair. He is married to Peninah and they have 8 children, 4 biological and 4 adopted.
Rev. Dr. Nii Amoo Darku,
IB Member and Board Chair of AE Ghana
Rev. Dr Nii Amoo Darku is a retired minister and former vice-president of the Ghana Baptist Convention. He also served as a chaplain to the President of the Republic of Ghana and a member of the Council of State between 2009 and 2012. Rev. Dr Darku previously served as Team Leader of African Enterprise, Ghana, and currently serves as the Board chairman. He is also a member of Ghana’s National Peace Council Board. He is married to Margaret, with whom they have 5 adult children and 9 grandchildren.
Led by the International Team Leader/ CEO, African Enterprise’s staff team consists of staff at the International Office headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, as well as staff in the 11 national and 6 support offices.
Rev Dr Stephen Mbogo
– International Team Leader/ CEO
Rev. Dr Stephen Mbogo has a passionate commitment to the preaching of the gospel and the establishment of Biblical leadership in Africa. His desire is to see the advancement of God’s kingdom and the transformation of Africa through the salvation of its people and the sound governance of its leaders.
As a young boy, Stephen witnessed the transforming power of the Gospel in the lives of his family members. In high school he experienced that power himself when he surrendered his life to Christ and began a life-long journey of faith. After graduating from university, he decided to enter career Christian service and joined African Enterprise in 1992, where he served for two years as Youth Coordinator, followed by six years as Missions Coordinator. In 2000, he was appointed Team Leader of AE Kenya, serving in that position for eight years before moving to Biola University in Southern California for his doctoral studies.
In January 2013, he was appointed African Enterprise’s third Global CEO and International Team Leader. In this role, he provides overall leadership to the organisation, coordinating its work of evangelising the cities of Africa through word and deed in partnership with the church. He also currently serves as the Lausanne Movement’s Regional Director for the English and Portuguese Speaking Africa (EPSA) Region, and as the chair of Movement Day Africa.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Daystar University in Nairobi, a Masters in Christian Ministries from Nairobi International School of Theology (currently International Leadership University), and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Biola University in Southern California, USA. He is married to Prof Rosemary Mbogo, and they have two biological children, Victor and Joy, as well as several foster children. The family lives in Nairobi, Kenya.