Who we are
- The Pentecostal Church of Rwanda – ADEPR Church is a faith-based organization that began in the 1940s in the Gihundwe Region, the western part of Rwanda when missionaries from the Swedish Free Mission, Alvar Lindskog and his wife Lindberg, arrived there from the Democratic Republic of Congo and began preaching the gospel. They used Swahili with the help of a translator. On January 31, 1943, Ludoviko Sagatwa was baptized by Alvar Lindskog and became the first ADEPR Church Christian. In the 1960s, the Swedish Free Mission became the Association of Pentecostal Churches, and leadership was transferred to locals. The church then became known as the Association of Pentecostal Churches in Rwanda (A.D.E.P.R in French Abbreviated Form) in 1983. The church focuses on spiritual growth as well as community transformation through social and economic activities, including education, health, and poverty reduction. The ADEPR Church has grown rapidly and currently counts 3,141 Local Churches and operates in all regions of Rwanda, with 2,820,813 members (according to the Population Census 2022). ADEPR Church has played a substantial role in the holistic transformation of the Rwandan community. Its activities are aligned with six pillars:
1. Evangelism and the life of the Church,
2. Education, Capacity Building, Technology, and Innovation,
3. Economic and social development and partnership,
4. Finance and property, 5. Audit and law enforcement, and
6. Ethics, Discipline, and performance are called ministries.
-To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and teach the Word of God according to the Holy Bible.
-To promote social welfare, good relationships, and economic development of beneficiaries focusing on health services, education, and other activities that bring holistic development.
Our vision is to transform the lives of people in a holistic way through preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.
7 Church Values
Christ-centeredness, Love, Stewardship, Accountability, Transparency; Integrity, and Commitment.
ADEPR Church is established on the doctrine which is the basis of the identity of its members and things not allowed to them.
1 Believes and is nourished by the holy scriptures which is the WORD OF GOD: The Holy Bible and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.
2 Believes in one Almighty God in the holy Trinity, all-powerful, Creator of heaven and earth who was, who is, and who will be everlasting.
3 Believes in the fall of a man who was created in the image of God perfect and pure but who fell into sin by his own will.
4 Believes in Jesus Christ as the Lord and Savior, and the Mediator between God and men who were born by the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit; by the power of the Holy Spirit.
5 Believes in the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, His resurrection, and redemption of the world through faith in His blood.
6 Believes in the Lordship of Christ as the Head of the Church.
7 Believes in the baptism of water by immersion recommended to those who have already believed, repented, and received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
8 Believes in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, as a member of the Holy Trinity.
9 Believes in the universal priesthood of God’s people.10 Believes all gifts of the Holy Spirit, His lairdship in the works of the Church as set forth in the New Testament.11 Believes in holiness in life in thoughts, in words, and in behavior in obeying God’s commandment.
12 Believes that God miraculously heals sickness, that is to say, healing through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross.
13 Believes the Holy Supper according to the example Christ gave to his
disciples: Bread as a memorial of his body, and cup as a memorial of his blood of the New Covenant to all believers until the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.
14 Believes the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ before the Millennium reign when coming to take his bride, being the blessing hope for every believer;
15 Believes the return of Jesus Christ to judge the living and the dead. It believes the eternal punishment of those who are not written in the Book of Life.
16 Believes in the resurrection of the dead and that the righteous will be rewarded for their deeds and will inherit eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven, while the wicked will be cast in hell for eternity.