Introductory Materials

This page has documents introducing the work of the DACB, its modus operandi, and applications in educational settings—in churches, colleges, seminaries, or universities.

So many biographies, you don't know where to start? Visit our Story Calendar to read a sample of biographies (August to November 2022) from across Africa and all Christian traditions, since the beginning of the Christian era--one for each day of the month. Enjoy!

1. Introduction to the Project

  • What is the DACB?

    Introduction of our website.

  • How the DACB began, and where it is going

    A brief history of the project's beginnings.

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  • The Vision of the DACB

    The original DACB vision article, "Ecclesiastical Cartography and the Invisible Continent" by Jonathan Bonk, and a working paper by Executive Director Dr. Michèle Sigg.

  • Introduction to the DACB

    The PDF of a 30-minute presentation that gives an overview of the project.

  • DACB Data

    View statistical data on the number and variety of biographies present in the dictionary.

2. Submission Guidelines

  • Guidelines for Researchers and Writers

    A general outline of the content expected in a DACB biography.

  • Guidelines for Journal of African Christian Biography content

    Guidelines for articles, interviews, and book reviews.

  • The Instructional Manual for Researchers and Writers

    Instructions on writing technique and formatting; and oral history methodology.

  • Writing biography

    Two brief articles: "The Strengths and Limitations of Biography" by Dr. Jonathan Bonk, Project Director and "The Craft of Writing Religious Biography," by Dr. Dana Robert, DACB Editorial Committee member.

  • Potential Subjects

    A suggested list of biographical subjects by country. Check here to see which biographies the DACB already has.

  • Bibliography

    A list of Africa-related works useful for background research.

  • Citation Guidelines

    A guide for how to cite biographies.

3. Establishing an Institutional Archive

  • Rescuing the Memory of our Peoples

    Archives Manual.

  • Sauvegarder la Mémoire de nos Peuples: Manual d’archivistique

    Archives Manual in French.

  • Uokaoji wa Makumbusho ya Watu Wetu: Maelezo ya Kumbukumbu

    Archive Manual in Swahili.

  • Rescatando la Memoria de Nuestros Pueblos

    Archives Manual in Spanish.

4. Project Luke Fellows

  • Project Luke Fellows

    A list of Project Luke scholars in residence from 2000 to 2011 at OMSC and their biographies.

5. Being a Participating Institution

  • Being a Participating Institution


  • Guidelines for Non African Participating Institutions

  • Guidelines for Affiliated Research Institutions

6. Affiliated Projects

  • Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity

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