Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera
Above all, Chakwera steps down as Malawi Assemblies of God president, to concentrate on front-line politics”. Nyasa Times reported on 3rd October 2013.
Nationality : Malawian
Birth Place : Lilongwe
Dirt of Birth : April 5, 1955
BA. From University of Malawi, Zomba, 1977
BTh(Hons) From University of the North, Sovenga, South Africa 1981
MTh. From University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa 1991
D. Min From Trinity International University, Deerfield, IL.USA 2000
1981 Assistant Lecturer, Biblical Studies, University of the North, RSA
1983 – 2000 Instructor, Assemblies of God School of Theology, Malawi
1996 – 2000 Principal, Assemblies of God School of Theology, Malawi
2002 – Present Co-Director, All Nations Theological Seminary, Malawi
2002 – Present Lecturer, All Nations Theological Seminary, Malawi
2005 – Present Professor, Pan Africa Theological Seminary
•Reach the Nations, ATTS, 2001
•Islam and Animism: A Christian Perspective. Graduate Study Guide, GU, 2005
•Advanced Studies in Biblical Theology of Missions, Doctoral Study Guide, PATHS, 2006
•President, Malawi Assemblies of God, 1989-Present
•Founding Senior Pastor, International Christian Assembly (ICA), 1996-Present
•Chairman, Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), 1997-Present
•Founding President, Eleventh Hour Institute (EHI), 1999-Present
•President, Africa Assemblies of God Alliance (AAGA), 2004 – Present
•President, Southern Africa Assemblies of God Alliance (SAAGA), 2002 – Present
•Board Chairman, Pan Africa Theological Seminary (PATHS), 2004 – Present
•Board Member, Global University, Springfield, Missouri, USA, 1999 – 2005
•Board Chairman, All Nations Theological Seminary, 2008-
•Executive Member, World Assemblies of God Fellowship (WAGF), 2005 – Present
•Board Chairman, Petroleum Control Commission (PCC),Malawi, 2005 – 2007
•Member, World Assemblies of God Relief Agency (WAGRA), 2005 – Present
•Board Chairman, Malawi National Council of Sports, Malawi, 2007 – Present
•Board of Trustees Member, Media Council of Malawi, 2007 – Present
•Member, Public Universities Working Committee of Malawi, 2011- Present
•Secretary, World Assemblies of God Fellowship (WAGF), 2011- Present
•Chairman, Association for Pentecostal Theological Education in Africa (APTEA), 2011- Present
In addition to serving as President of Malawi, he also gave himself a cabinet portfolio as Minister of Defence.
Even more, he has been leader of the Malawi Congress Party since 2013 and was previously Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly following highly controversial elections held on 21 May 2019 which were overturned by the Constitutional Court.
So, he was the President of the Malawi Assemblies of God from 1989 to 14 May 2013.
Lazarus Chakwera was born in Lilongwe, the current capital of Malawi, on 5 April 1955 when the country was still under British colonial rule.
His family were subsistence farmers in the city’s outskirts.
Two of his brothers born before him died in infancy and his father, believing that he would live, gave him the name Lazarus after the Biblical character raised from the dead.
He is married to Monica and together, they have four children and grandchildren.
Chakwera graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) Degree from the University of Malawi in 1977.
He studied theology and gained an Honours degree from the University of the North in South Africa and gained a master’s degree (MTh) from the University of South Africa in 1991.
The Trinity International University in the United States awarded him a doctorate (D. Min) in 2000. He became a professor at the Pan-Africa Theological Seminary in 2005.
He has worked as an instructor at the Assemblies of God’s School of Theology from 1983 to 2000 where he became the Principal in 1996.
He has been the co-director and a lecturer at All Nations Theological Seminary.
Since 1989 he has presided over the Malawi Assemblies of God.
On 14 April 2013 he took many by surprise when he declared his intentions to run at a Convention of the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) as president while still maintaining the Assemblies of God Presidency.
Rumours of Chakwera’s intention to run in the MCP’s presidential race were first reported in online media on 9 April 2013.
They were confirmed on 14 April 2013. Chakwera later submitted his nomination papers while still at the helm of the Malawi Assemblies of God.
The MCP convention slated for 27 April 2013 was later postponed to 10 and 11 August where he was elected as the president of MCP and he will represent the party in the 2014 general election.
During 2014 Malawi General elections, rumors speculated in different platforms that the elections were rigged.
Chakwera addressed all Malawians to remain peaceful, accept the outcome, and wait for the next coming elections.
Furthermore, besides being successful as the main opposition party president, he also serves as a member of parliament for the Lilongwe North West Constituency.
Chakwera announced his resignation as the Head of the Malawian Assemblies of God, effective 14 May 2013.
Therefore, he said this would enable him to concentrate more on front-line politics, taking the view that he was still serving God in another context.
Hence, Chakwera joined forces with UTM leader Saulos Chilima, forming an Alliance in preparation for the June 2020 Malawi General elections.
Certainly, this happened when Court ruled out the 2019 General elections due to massive irregularities after DPP claimed victory.
But, Chakwera defeated incumbent president Peter Mutharika in the 2020 election, having obtained almost 59% of the vote.
Finally, Chakwera was sworn in as the sixth president of Malawi on 28 June. On this occasion, Malawi made history as the first African country to have its presidential election result overturned due to irregularities and an opposition leader went on to win the rerun election.
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