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Genesis of the United African Apostolic Church
The United African Apostolic Church (UAAC) was established by Bishop Matsea Paul Mureri. Before establishing the UAAC, Bishop Mureri, was a member of the Lutheran Church, having joined it in 1899. He was a fully ordained Pastor ministering at Tshanowa, Limpopo Province.
In 1904, Bishop Mureri joined the Faith Mission were he worked with Pastor Du Buisson who was based at Maroi camp.
After the death of Pastor Du Buisson, Bishop Mureri requested his fellow worshipers to form a church centered on unity. He then established a church called Dzanda La Mudzimu in 1912 and drafted its first constitution in 1915. The church was officially registered in 1918 and its name was changed to the United African Apostolic Church.
Bishop Mureri worked tirelessly as healed the sick and fought evil spirits. Due to his successes in casting evil spirits, local communities and church members nicknamed him, “Tshibike wa Malombe”, loosely translated as “the boiler of evil spirits”.
He worked with the following elders during his tenure:
- Pres Abraham Mahafha
- Pres Alpheus Nemaungani
- Pres Lazarus Fhedzi
Bishop Mureri passed on in 1975. After his death, the church leadership recommended that Bishop Mureri‘s first born son, Jeremiah Mureri, be ordained as a successor. Unfortunately, Bishop Jeremiah Mureri also passed on in 1977 and as the church has now adopted the traditional line of primogeniture, his son, current leader, Bishop Elias Muthuhadini Mureri, ascended the throne and was officially installed in 1978. Notwithstanding following this traditional mode of succession, the Honourable Bishop Elias MM Mureri already gained prominence in the church even prior to his grandfather’s death as he was credited with most of the church ‘s growth, especially in Gauteng, North West and Mpumalanga provinces. He was honored with a title “Archbishop” in 1979 by the government after realizing the size of the church.
Due to this growth in membership, the Arch-Bishop established the Youth and Women movements in 1985 and 1987 respectively.
Our church today
The United African Apostolic Church (UAAC) is the second largest African initiated Church in South Africa, with our headquarters in Ha-Mavhunga, a village in the Nzhelele Valley, Limpopo Province.
Currently, our church has over 1.5 million registered followers, with a significant number of affiliates in certain SADC states such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Tanzania. The church also has membership in Denmark.
We are a typical apostolic church, having blended distinctive Pentecostal features, like faith healing, with complementary features from African culture and tradition and we predominantly make use of the African drum and rhythmic circular dance.
We believe that the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God, that they are inerrant and that they are the supreme and final authority of all Christian life. We also believe that Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church.