The Evangelical University, formerly the Theological College of Central Africa – TCCA is the flagship of conservative evangelicalism in Zambia. It was the oldest interdenominational theological college.
Its history can never be written without the Evangelical Church in Zambia (ECZ). The lives of the two institutions are firmly intertwined.
The idea of interdenominational accredited theological training can be traced to the 1978 EFZ AGM.
The origin of the Evangelical University formerly the Theological College of Central Africa (TCCA) is rooted in the realisation for the need of quality contextual evangelical theological education in the rapidly growing Zambian Church.
In 1978, the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) members indicated a desire for an undergraduate level theological college.
In November 1980, the first Board of Governors met in Lusaka and established a constitution; EFZ approved the proposal in May 1981. In January 1982, Evangelical University formerly known as Theological College of Central Africa (TCCA) opened its doors with 14 post-secondary students and in the same year received application forms from the Accrediting Council for Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA).
On Saturday 28 May 1983, the college was officially opened by Member of Central Committee Mr. Alex Shapi. In May 1985, the college received an official visit by an ACTEA team and was granted accreditation (with notations) for its diploma and degree programmes in May 1986. TCCA was reaccredited by ACTEA in 1996 and 2007.
In 1988, TCCA received recognition from Zambia’s Ministry of Education for teacher training in Religious Education.
TCCA granted recognition as university with legal registration and accreditation by the Higher Education Authority of Zambia, established under the Higher Education Act No. 4 of 2013.
TCCA officially transitions to Evangelical University (EU).
Statement of Faith
We commit ourselves wholeheartedly to God and accept fully the revelation, which He has given us in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We also identify ourselves with the faith of the Christian church as it has been expressed throughout history and is experienced around the world. We accept the Statement of Faith of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA) as an expression of the crucial aspects of the Christian faith.
We believe that
The Holy Scriptures of the Old and the New Testaments are the Word of God. It is divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy, and serves as the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
(2 Tim. 3:16-17)
God is One. The One God is eternally self-existent in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
(Deut. 6:4-5; Mt. 28:19)
Jesus Christ is Saviour and Lord. As God He was manifest in the flesh. We believe in His virgin birth; His sinless human life; His divine miracles; His vicarious and atoning death; His bodily resurrection; His ascension;
His present mediatorial work; and His future personal return in power and glory.
(Lk. 1:32-33; Jn.1:1-4; 1 Tim. 2:5-6, 6:13-16)
The Holy Spirit is God. As the third Person in the Godhead, He indwells every believer upon conversion
and enables the believer to live a holy life; to witness in power; and to work for the Lord Jesus Christ.
(Ac. 5:3-4; Mt.28:19; Ac. 1:8)
Man was made in the image of God and sinless. By choice Man fell out of favour into sin. In God’s mercy, Salvation comes to every lost and sinful man freely simply by faith in Jesus Christ who shed His blood for sin, and through regeneration by the Holy Spirit.
(Gen. 1:26-28; 3:1-21; Jn. 1:11-13; 1 Cor. 12:13)
All true believers in Jesus Christ are One Body, the Church, of which He is the Head.
(1 Cor. 12:13, Eph. 2:14-22)
Satan is a fallen angel whose intent is to supplant God and frustrate His purpose, and whose ultimate end is consignment to eternal punishment.
(Lk. 10:17-18; Rev. 20:10)
The Bodily Resurrection of all the dead will take place someday. Believers in Christ will rise unto everlasting blessedness, while unbelievers will rise unto judgment and everlasting punishment.
(Rev. 20:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:9-10)
To provide training in theological religious education and related innovative programmes which are bible-based, evangelical and missional in character and relevant to the African and Global Context.