We have History


Theological training of ministers of the Word of the Dutch Reformed Church Mission – now the Reformed Church in Zambia – started in February 1951 at Madzimoyo in the Eastern Province in Zambia (preceded by training of Evangelists in the 1940s).

In 1969 the Reformed Church Theological College, as it was called at that stage, moved to Lusaka. In 1975 the College was officially opened and renamed Justo Mwale Theological College in honour of the first Zambian in the Reformed Church in Zambia to be ordained as Minister of the Word, Reverend Justo Mwale who completed his studies at Nkhoma Mission in Malawi and was ordained as Minister of the Word on 29th September 1929.

In 1989 a multi-church College Board was instituted and other churches with students at Justo Mwale Theological College began to participate in the governance of the College. Currently the College is governed by a Board consisting of members from the Reformed Church in Zambia, the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (Zambia and Harare Synods respectively), the Uniting Presbyterian Church in Southern Africa and the Reformed Church in Zimbabwe.

Since its inception, and especially since its time in Lusaka, hard work was put in to improve infrastructure, linking up with other schools abroad, and enhance the quality of theological training. As a result of this constant efforts, the institution is now one of the leading theological colleges in Southern and Central Africa and is recognised internationally as an institution offering quality theological education. The Accrediting Council for Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA) accredited the Diploma in Theology programme in 1991 and the Bachelor of Theology programme in 1997. The Booth Centre for Service and Training was established in 1999.

The status of the College was upgraded to that of University College in 2008 by the Ministry of Education in Zambia. In February 2010 the College started offering a Master of Theology programme in conjuction with the University of Free State in South Africa.

The University College has been attracting students not only from Zambia, but also from Malawi, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Mozambique, and even students from Kenya and South Africa.