Presbyterian World Mission works in partnership with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian. Through partnership with Church of Central Africa, World Mission especially seeks to support training of theological students and strategic church leaders, strengthen work in primary and secondary school education, encourage interventions which combat endemic poverty, and address strategic issues of women and children. Our mission co-workers in Malawi assist and encourage the church in these activities.
Our mission coworkers based in Malawi are Tyler and Rochelle Holm, Luta and Jeremy Garbat-Welch, Janet Guyer, and Barbara Nagy. Nancy Collins is based in Zambia and works in Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and Rwanda.
Tyler Holm teaches Biblical Studies and Practical Theology at the University of Livingstonia Faculty of Theology in northern Malawi, where Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Livingstonia theology students are trained. Rochelle manages the Mzuzu University Centre of Excellence in water and sanitation, which focuses on innovative research in the field. Read more about them on their profile page.
Barbara Nagy is focused on public health, and she supports extension of preventive medicine and basic health education to communities served by Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Nkhoma Hospital in central Malawi. By providing access to vaccinations, prenatal care, HIV testing, and preventive health education Barbara and her Malawian colleagues hope their outreach will help people avoid preventable illnesses that require hospitalization and that too often lead to premature death. Read more about her ministry.
Nancy Collins serves as Regional Liaison for East Central Africa, supporting relationships with partner churches in Zambia, Malawi, Kenya and Rwanda; facilitating partnerships with PC(USA) constituencies; supporting mission co-workers; and handling a variety of administrative responsibilities. Visit her profile page to learn more about her ministry.
Luta Garbat-Welch lives with her family in Lilongwe, Malawi and serves in 5 countries including Malawi as Africa Community Health Facilitator. Luta works with Church of Central Africa Presbyterian to support implementation of work in community health evangelism as well as other public health interventions at the community level and she provides support to CCAP Livingstonia hospitals. Jeremy Garbat-Welch, a clinically trained hospital chaplain, shares his expertise with Presbyterian clergy in Malawi. Visit their profile page to learn more.
Janet Guyer also lives in Lilongwe, Malawi and serves as Facilitator for women’s and children’s interests in multiple countries. Janet works with leaders of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, including leaders of women’s guilds, as they engage in strategic planning around common concerns, explore ways of supporting women leaders, and organize solidarity actions and other joint activities. Read more about her ministry on her profile page.
Presbyterian World Mission works in partnership with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian General Assembly and its three Malawi Synods: Blantyre, Nkhoma and Livingstonia. The Church of Central Africa Presbyterian was established in 1924 through the evangelistic work of Livingstonia Mission of the Free Church of Scotland, Blantyre Mission of the Established Church of Scotland and the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa (Synod of Cape Town). Today, the Church in Malawi has three million members spread across the entire country.
Training pastors to serve their burgeoning congregations is a major emphasis for the church. Congregations consist of prayer houses in multiple geographical locations. In some instances pastors serve multiple congregations. Lay leaders are trained to take responsibility for preaching and pastoral care of members. Pastor to member ratios are as high as one pastor to 7,000 members. Scholarships for theological students are a major challenge at Bachelors, Masters and PhD levels.
Each Church of Central Africa Presbyterian synod operates with extensive autonomy, conducting holistic ministry through the departments, operating schools, treating children living with AIDS, providing care for orphans and vulnerable children. The Synods are Blantyre, Nkhoma and Livingstonia. Each one has a hospital; Livingstonia has three. Public health work is increasingly recognized as an important emphasis to prevent disease and improve quality of life.
Additional areas of emphasis include evangelism, ensuring training and support for the synod-wide Women’s Guilds and addressing challenges in society through Church and Society departments.
The General Assembly of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian was reconstituted in December 2013 after a seven year suspension. The Office of the General Assembly is especially focused on strengthening the work of the CCAP Synods in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in the areas of Education, Youth, and Church and Society.
Nancy Collins, regional liaison, Nancy.Collins@pcusa.org
Luta Garbat-Welch, mission co-worker, Luta.Garbat-Welch@pcusa.org
Jeremy Garbat-Welch, mission co-worker, Jeremy.Garbat-Welch@pcusa.org
Janet Guyer, mission co-worker, Janet.Guyer@pcusa.org
Tyler Holm, mission co-worker, Tyler.Holm@pcusa.org
Rochelle Holm, mission co-worker, Rochelle.Holm@pcusa.org
Barbara Nagy, mission co-worker, Barbara.Nagy@pcusa.org
Join the Malawi Mission Network, one of more than 40 networks that connect Presbyterians who share a common mission interest. Most participants are involved in mission partnerships through congregations, presbyteries or synods. Network members come together to coordinate efforts, share best practices and develop strategies. Contact Malawi Mission Network Convener Doug Kee for date and location of the next Malawi Mission Network Conference.
Consider developing a partnership with a congregation or institution of one of the Malawi Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Synods in keeping with the interest of your congregation. Experience transformation of your own congregation as you witness the incredible faith of folks praising God in the face of poverty, disease and death. Contact Nancy Collins for more information.
Support a mission co-worker in Malawi. Make a contribution to any of the following accounts:
To support Nancy Collins’ work, please make a gift to E200471. Congregations can designate gifts for Nancy’s Directed Mission Support to account D506149.
To support the work of Luta and Jeremy Garbat-Welch, please make a gift to E200515. Congregations can designate gifts for Luta and Jeremy’s Directed Mission Support to account D507577.
To support Janet Guyer’s work, please make a gift to E200351. Congregations can designate gifts for Janet’s Directed Mission Support to account D506385.
To support Tyler and Rochelle Holm’s work, please make a gift to E200532. Congregations can designate gifts for Tyler and Rochelle’s Directed Mission Support to account D507572.
To support Barbara Nagy’s work, please make a gift to E200522. Congregations can designate gifts for Barbara’s Directed Mission Support to account D507546.
To support work of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Hospitals consider a gift on any size to one of the following ECO accounts:
- E051772 Nkhoma Hospital
- E862149 Livingstonia Embangweni Hospital
- E862733 Livingstonia Ekwendeni Hospital
To support the work of the Synods, make a gift of any size to one of the following ECO accounts:
- E864823 Blantyre General
- E052044 Nkhoma General
- E047988 Livingstonia General