7 For the founding of Christianity in Africa, I am very much dependent on the magisterial work of Baur (1994) and also the work of Onyinah (2007). The Alexandria-based church initially used Greek, and it was not until the late 2nd century that both the liturgy and the scriptures were translated into three native languages. The discoveries at Beta Samati provide a welcome glimpse into the rise of Africa… The New Testament of the Bible mentions several events in which Africans were witnesses to the life of Christ and the ministry of the apostles. Rise of Pentecostal Christianity in Africa Pentecostalism is not a monolithic movement and what I refer to as “African Pentecostalism” are the specific African initiatives, appropriations and contributions to the growth, significance and impact of Pentecostalism as a global phenomenon. If demography is destiny, then Christianity’s future lies in Africa. The Portuguese attempted to introduce a Catholic-influenced form of Christianity between the 16th and 18th centuries in the Kongo Kingdom, but it did not last for long. King Ezana of the Ethiopian/Eritrean Kingdom of Aksum gave Christianity official status and facilitated the establishment of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. However, Emperor Decius ordered the persecution of the adherents of Christianity in mid-3rd century forcing Christians to seek refuge in the desert. By 2060, a plurality of Christians – more than four-in-ten – will call sub-Saharan Africa home, up from 26% in 2015, according to a new analysis of demographic data by Pew Research Center. His role on the African Bishops’ Conference’s Justice and Peace Commission has provided him a platform for speaking about ethical responsibility in a country where droughts and food shortages often cause severe human suffering. However, Christianity in most of the areas of North Africa was wiped out with the advent of Islam. By the medieval era, Europeans had not established contact with sub-Saharan Africa, as they could not manage to cross the desert. Mark the Evangelist made history in the year 43 when he became the first bishop to serve in the Orthodox Church of Alexandria. Within the Kimbanguist church, Simon Kimbanguquestioned the order of religious deliverance- would God send a white man to preach? It is believed that Mark the Evangelist brought Christianity from Jerusalem to Alexandria in the year 43 before becoming the first bishop to serve the Alexandria Orthodox Church. North America is projected to remain relatively steady at somewhere between 5 and 8 percent of all Christians on the planet living here, but with declining birth rates among native-born North Americans, that is due in large part to immigration from these other regions. Orthodox Church in African Christianity. This rise in African Christianity in the last 100 years is one of the most under-appreciated success stories in global religious history. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. Most records are 20th century; 75% concern east or central Africa. In 1900, there were less than 10 million Christians on the continent, many of whom were non-native missionaries. The history of Christianity in Africa probably began during the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, two thousand years ago. On one hand, Africa is the zone of Christianity’s greatest growth. Nigeria has particularly witnessed rapid growth in Christianity with numerous African-Christian denominations established across the nation. The oldest of these churches is the Tewahedo which enjoys a membership of around 45 to 50 million people. Nigeria has particularly witnessed rapid growth in Christianity with numerous African-Christian denominations established across the nation. The Kimbanguist church believed Jesus was black and regarded symbols with different weight than the Catholic and Protestant Europeans. The spread of the faith in Africa represents perhaps the most dramatic advance in all Christian history, and yet the names and stories of persons chiefly responsible are largely unknown. There is at least a reasonable chance that many of us will live to see the first African-born pope since Victor I in 198 A.D. (The slightly later Miltiades and Gelasius were thought to be of African descent, but likely were born in Rome — clarifying the storied narrative of immigration as part of Christian history, yet again!). Within different geographical areas, Africans searched for aspects of Christianity that could more closely resemble their religious and personal practices. The World Book Encyclopedia has stipulated that Christians constitute 80% of Africa's population in 2002.