Remembering the Past, Preparing for the Future

The creation of the Dictionary of African Christian Biography was announced in 1995 and the website first went online in 1998. Now, over 25 years later, with over 3,000 biographies in four languages, the mission of the DACB continues to be “to collect, preserve, and make freely accessible biographical accounts and church histories – from oral and written sources – integral to a scholarly understanding of African Christianity.” In a new leadership phase, we are seeking to expand our resources by focusing on three initiatives: (1) The Journal of African Christian Biography, (2) thematic research projects, and (3) educational resources.
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Our Initiatives

Research Projects

The featured projects focus particularly on collecting the stories of women, artists and musicians, and African Christians in the diaspora.

The Journal of African Christian Biography

The journal, published quarterly and freely available as an electronic subscription, showcases interprets, and contextualizes biographies that also appear on the DACB website. Content also includes interviews of important living African Christian figures and book reviews of current literature on African Christianity.


This initiative seeks to provide accessible, quality materials for the teaching of African Christian history, using the resources of the DACB and other complementary documents.

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