Pastor – Kabanana in Lusaka, Zambia
Curtis is a graduate of Kabwata Baptist Church's pastoral internship program (2008). Along with his wife Fanny and their children, Curtis relocated to Kabanana, a poorer district in Lusaka, just days after graduation. After seven years of faithful and fruitful labor, Faith Baptist Church was established and became autonomous in April 2015.
Testimony of Conversion
My life before conversion has never been a good testimony for one to hear. The fact that I was lost in sin meant that I was involved in many forms of mischief. I spent a lot of my time chasing after sin and playing soccer, even on Sundays, and never minded what the Christians were up to. In December, 1991, a friend invited me to a youth meeting at Faith Baptist Church. I remember going there and returning home the same; I did not change, and so went back to my old style of living. My friend was persistent, though. It was as though attending their church was a big mistake, because he later made many invitations, which I turned down. Then one day, I promised to attend their church service. I was ready for church and that is how I started attending.
I finally went for Sunday service in January, 1992. The message was preached and I felt caught in my sins and that something should be done immediately. I felt very bad for many things preached on that day, for they exposed the deeds of my life. So after the service, I remained behind. Scriptures were shown to me that clearly indicated how lost I was, and that I could not save myself no matter how much good I may have done. My condition was hopeless, and only Jesus could regenerate my soul. On that day of January, 1992, the Lord opened my spiritual eyes and saved me from my sins. Thus, I was converted.
Life after conversion became very exciting and challenging at the same time. I began to attend church service regularly. I had new friends and a new outlook. The desire to learn about Jesus was growing and many of my questions were being answered. Later the same year, I followed the Lord Jesus Christ in baptism, as an act of obedience. I became a member of Faith Baptist Church of Roan Township in Luanshya. I was very happy to join the family of believers. One day, when the pastor was looking for a Sunday school teacher, I volunteered. I was trained in that field and served there for many years, at the same time being very active in the youth ministry. The Lord enlarged His grace to me and I came to love lost souls. So, we evangelized Roan Township and my experience of sharing the Bible with my friends and strangers grew. I also evangelised my family, though they were resentful. I can remember sharing the Bible to my friend, who later was converted and answered a call to the ministry. He is now a pastor. Another example is when I visited my aunt in Mufulira and found that two of my cousins, whom I had been evangelizing, were converted. They stand as a living testimony dater his day. These are some examples of what the Lord has been able to do through me, other than the pulpit.
Call to Ministry
My Christian life-style continued from the time I was converted, and I wanted to know more about God. The desire grew, hence my involvement in church activities. By the time I was completing my twelfth grade, the desire to work for God in ministry was set in me. Because of that, I could not state clearly any career in the secular world. I spoke to my parents with regard to this desire for ministry work, and later to my pastor who encouraged me to pursue the interest. This brought a deeper conviction that God had really called me into ministry. Upon completing high school in 1996, I enrolled at Baptist Bible College in Luanshya in 1997. In confirmation of my calling, while at college I was one of the first two students, together with the missionary pastor, to be sent to plant a church called Temple Baptist of Mikomfwa in Luanshya. I served there as a student pastor from 1997 – 2001, graduating from college in 2000. In the middle of 2001, I was called to serve at Calvary Baptist Church of Matero in Lusaka. All these confirm my call to the ministry.
I subscribe to the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, especially on its view on the Holy Scriptures, its strong emphasis on the sovereignty of God, the doctrines of grace, and also its position on ecclesiology.