Central African Union Mission

By Tony Ogouma

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Tony Ogouma is currently the president of the Gabon Mission of Seventh-day Adventists. He has a Master's degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from the Adventist University of Africa. He is married to Grace and they have one daughter.

Central African Union Mission is a part of the West-Central Africa Division of Seventh-day Adventists. It was organized in 1949 and reorganized in 2013. Its headquarters is in Libreville, Gabon.

Territory: Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon; comprising the Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon Missions; and the Congo Region.

Statistics (June 30, 2020): Churches, 141; membership, 15,899; population, 30,859,000.1

Organizational History

The Central Africa Union Mission was organized in 1949. It was previously made up of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon, with its headquarters located in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

In 2013, after noting the development of the church in Central Africa, a realignment of the Central African Union Mission was voted by the Executive Committee of the West-Central Africa Division, under Division President Gilbert Wari. The union was reorganized, Cameroon became a new union by itself, and the new Central African Union Mission became composed of Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon. The headquarters of this new church administrative unit remained in Yaoundé.2

In 2015 the headquarters relocated to Brazzaville, Congo. The first end of year Executive Committee of the Union was held in Congo, January 13 to 18, 2014. Those who took part were Luc Sanda, J. Y. Dzoma, J. J. Gueret, M. Kenmoe, L. Massanga, T. Ogouma, J. Wangkel, E. Woro, M. Yanzelo, A. M. Mokuy, E. Mouinon, P. Nzambi. In May 2014 Pastor Joseph Parfait Randriamampionoma, from Madagascar, was called as a missionary. Before coming to the Central Africa Union mission, he was the ministerial secretary and legal affairs director of the Indian Ocean Union, at the South Indian Ocean Division. He arrived in Congo December 7, 2014, with his wife, Razanamavo Hélène, and his daughter, Randriamampionoma Lova Hasiniaina.3

In September 2016, after much deliberation, the division executive committee decided to relocate the headquarters of the Union from Brazzaville, Congo, to Bangui, in Central African Republic. Though Pastor Joseph Parfait Randriamampionoma was still the president of the union, in November 2017 he was called to serve at the West Sahel Mission Union in Dakar, Senegal.4

On November 1, 2017, Pastor Salomon Assienin Grah was elected president of the Central Africa Union Mission. He had previously served as president of East Sahel Union, based in Lomé, Togo. He was presented by Pastor Guy Roger, vice president of the West-Central Africa Division, during the year-end meeting of the executive committee of the union.5

On August 16, 2018, the West Central African Division executive committee, in Cote d’Ivoire, voted to transfer the headquarters of the Union from Bangui, Central African Republic, to Libreville, Gabon.6 The Gabon Mission gave the union a building for their temporary use. On June 1, 2020, the union voted to buy a piece of land and a building in Okala for its permanent headquarters in Libreville, Gabon.7

Since 2020, the union has started building apartments for its administrators and departmental directors. Plans are being made to organize countries such as Gabon, Tchad, and Equatorial Guinea from mission to self-sustaining conference status.

Executive Officers Chronology

Presidents: Gilbert Wari (West-Central Africa Division president), interim president (2014); Joseph Parfait Randriamapionoma, from Madagascar (2014-2017); Salomon Assienin Grah, from Cote d’Ivoire (2017-)

Executive Secretaries: Luc Sanda, from Cameroon (2014-2015); Jean Moukoko, from Congo (2015-).

Treasurers: Luc Sanda, from Cameroon (2014-2019); Basile Djossou Djeglo, from the Republic of Benin (2019-).

Sources

Anonaba, Kingsley C. Notification letter “Délocalisation du Siege de l’Union de Afrique Centrale de Bangui, République Centrafricaine à Libreville, Gabon,” Abidjan, August 20, 2018, West-Central Africa Division archives, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.

Minutes of the Central African Union Mission Executive Committee, held June 1, 2020, accessed April 20, 2021. Central African Union Mission archives, Libreville, Gabon.

Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook. https://www.adventistyearbook.org/.

Notes

  1. “Central African Union Mission,” Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook (2021), https://www.adventistyearbook.org/entity?EntityID=52482.

  2. Jean Moukoko, Executive Secretary of the Central African Union Mission, interviewed on January 12, 2021, in Libreville, Gabon.

  3. Joseph Parfait Randriamampionoma, president of the Central African Union Mission (2015-2017), interviewed on November 8, 2017, in Bangui, Central African Republic.

  4. Luc Sanda, treasurer of the Central African Union Mission (2013-2019), interviewed November 8, 2017, in Bangui, Central African Republic.

  5. Salomon Assienin Grah, president of the Central African Union Mission (2017-), interviewed November 8, 2017, in Bangui, Central African Republic.

  6. Kingsley C. Anonaba, notification letter “Délocalisation du Siege de l’Union de Afrique Centrale de Bangui, République Centrafricaine à Libreville, Gabon,” Abidjan, August 20, 2018.

  7. Minutes of the Central African Union Mission Executive Committee, held June 1, 2020, accessed April 20, 2021.

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Ogouma, Tony. "Central African Union Mission." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. May 11, 2021. Accessed January 27, 2022. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=BJAY.

Ogouma, Tony. "Central African Union Mission." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. May 11, 2021. Date of access January 27, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=BJAY.

Ogouma, Tony (2021, May 11). Central African Union Mission. Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved January 27, 2022, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=BJAY.