Contextual overview of Burundi

Nestled in Central Africa, Burundi boasts a rich heritage as part of the East African Community. Though independent since 1962, past conflicts have left their mark.

Despite a predominantly Christian population (60% Catholic, 15% Protestant), the nation grapples with illiteracy (47%) and a reliance on subsistence farming (92%). Yet, the Free Methodist Church stands firm, offering hope and support as Burundi navigates its unique path.


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Our Congregations

Founded in 1935, the Free Methodist Church (FMC) has grown into a vibrant community in Burundi. In 2023, we had a reach in
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A Christian should live for the glory of God and the well-being of others.
The Free Methodist Church (FMC) goes beyond spiritual guidance, actively shaping Burundi's future.

A strong and biblical Church making new converts, receiving Christ by faith, and growing strong in relationship with God and people.

A strong and biblical Church training strong believers, growing deep in the word of God, serving the body of Christ to glorify God.

A strong and biblical local church empowering and transforming the community

 A strong and biblical church empowering its leaders for spiritual, intellectual, physical and socio-economic transformation of the nation.

The Mission of the Free Methodist Church is “To teach people to love God and people, and to make disciples”.

The Vision of Burundi Free Methodist Church is

A strong biblical church, multiplying disciples; responding to community needs; kept blameless in spirit, soul, and body at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Mgr.Nshimiyimana Déogratias

Bishop & Legal Representative

Rev. Deogratias Nshimiyimana is an Ordained Minister in Burundi Free Methodist Church since 1994. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible and Theology, a Master’s Degree in Christian Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching.He has served the Church in various capacities including presiding the Free Methodist Council of Bishop for 8 years
Currently,he is also the Bishop of Burundi Free Methodist General Conference since 2014.

Rev.Bimenyimana Evariste

Executive Secretary

Rev. Evariste Bimenyimana is the Executive Secretary of the General Conference of Burundi Free Methodist Church. He is an ordained pastor of the Free Methodist Church of Burundi since March 2008. His Christian leadership experience includes serving as a District Superintendent of Cibitoke from 2010 up to now.He has a bachelor degree in Bible and Theology and a Masters’ degree in Educational Leadership from Hope Africa University. In addition to the pastoral ministry, Rev. Evariste served at Hope Africa University as Chaplain and Dean of students for 6 years (2004-2009) and 5 years (2010-2014) at the same institution as the Academic Secretary.

Rev. Ntahonkiriye Martin

Substitute Legal Representative

Rev Martin Ntahonkiriye is deputy to the Legal Representative of Burundi Free Methodist Church. An ordained minister who does a pastoral ministry since 1989. He acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes from high School and University, including Mweya Evangelical Institute and Pan Africa Christian College University. In addition to his educational studies, Rev. Martin has done more studies in adults Literacy from Literacy Evangelism International. He also did Bible Studies and Leadership, in Oklahoma U.S.A. He also served as a Legal Representative and President of Rehabilitation, Evangelism and Literacy (REAL) from 2004 up to now.