In Memoriam: Reverend Bleise Nzamba (1957-2024)

Reverend Bleise Nzamba, legal represntative of Igreja da Comunidade Menonita em Angola (ICMA), died 30 March 2024. He served Mennonite World Conference on the General Council in Indonesia 2022 and Kenya 2018.

Reverend Bleise Nzamba studied at Nyanga College in DR Congo, where he was also baptized in the Mennonite church. In 2013, he graduated from theological studies at Instituto Superior no Huambo in Angola, and he received a master’s degree in theology from Logos Faculdade Batista in 2024.

He was ordained as Reverend Pastor in the Igreja da Comunidade Menonita em Angola. In 2010, he was appointed Superintendent of the Ecclesiastical Province of Luanda until the end of his mandate in December 2013.

From 2014 to 2017, he held the position of Deputy Legal Representative of the ICMA.

In December 2017, he was elected to the position of Legal Representative of the ICMA and was re-elected to the same position at the VIII Elective General Assembly in December 2023 in the city of Dundo, Province of Lunda-Norte.

In 2023, he was appointed President of the Partner Council in Angola of the Africa Inter - Mennonite Mission (AIMM).

“The fruit of his labours are evident in what God is doing in the Mennonite Community in Angola,” declares the Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission newsletter.

“We are grateful for the service of church leaders and we mourn with those who have lost a mentor and friend. We pray for wisdom as the ICMA church discerns a new leader for the role of legal representative. May the members of ICMA continue to walk in faithfulness to Jesus, living as peacemakers and sharing the gospel,” says César García.

Reverend Bleise Nzamba is mourned by his wife, Reverend Mahamba Leontina, three children and five grandchildren.