Pastor Laban Jjumba
Pastor Laban Jjumba came to know the Lord in 1965. He was among the founding leaders of the “Deliverance Church” family of churches in Uganda in the early 1970s, which currently numbers about 250 congregations across the country. In 1971/1972 he was the President of the Makerere University Christian Union, Kampala, Uganda, while pursuing studies in Engineering. During this time, together with a group of other believers on campus, he began to pray for the Nation of the Republic of Uganda. After the civil war of 1979 (lasting many years) which ousted President Idi Amin Dada, the prayer group formalised into “Intercessors for Uganda” which is, to date, a network mobilizing prayer for the Nation.
In 1985 Laban, together with a team of other African Christian leaders founded “Intercessors for Africa”, which is a Continental Movement of Prayer and Christian Leadership Training to shape the destiny of Africa.
Pastor Jjumba is a member of the Apostolic Leadership Team of the family of Deliverance Churches in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Eastern DRC. Laban ministers widely as a passionate teacher of the Word and a prophetic speaker in conferences and churches world-wide, especially on the African continent, the USA, Israel, South Korea, the UK, and Canada.
Laban is married to Margaret for over 40 years. They have five children and four grandchildren.
Dr. James Magara
Dr. James Magara, a Uganda-based exemplary entrepreneur; a passionateconsultant dental surgeon with twenty-eight years of Clinical experience. He is both Founder and Executive Director of Jubilee Dental Ltd. In May 2017, he completed a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership at Regent University, Virginia Beach, USA.
James wears many hats. He is a Dental Surgeon holding a Bachelor of DentalSurgery degree from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, where he alsolectured for 18 years, in the Faculty of Health Sciences. In addition, has two Masters Degrees: one of Prosthetic Dentistry from the University of Bristol, UK; and the other of Organizational Leadership and Management from Uganda Christian University, Mukono, Uganda.
His passion for leadership development led him to initiate training programs with the Africa Kingdom Business Forum and Sundoulos African Leaders Training Institute under the auspices of Intercessors for Uganda, where he is the National Coordinator. Both programs focus on raising leaders with a call in the spheres of Governance and Business. During the years 2011-2015, he also served as Chairman of the Steering Committee of Uganda Jubilee Network, an association of umbrella Church organizations. He is the Board Chairman of Uganda Youth Forum and is involved in training and mentoring of youth. He also serves as the Deputy Director General of the Institute for National Transformation, in a faculty that focuses on raising transformational leaders in Africa and among Africans in the diaspora.
Jubilee Dental Ltd company, based in Kampala Uganda, has a business model of developing young Dentists and helping them blossom to their full professional potential. Jubilee Dental Ltd has expanded and has Dental Clinics not only in Kampala and Entebbe (Uganda), but in Kigali (Rwanda) as well.
James is married to Lorna for 27 years, and they are blessed with four children: three boys and one girl. Together, they pioneered the Vine International Christian Academy, a recognized educational institution that focuses on wholistic training and discipling children to become future leaders of integrity in their generation. Their own children have graduated from that Academy. One subsequently finished an undergraduate degree in Architectural Studies and the others are in College/University.
Bio to follow
The Most Reverend (Archbishop) Dr. Joseph A. Alexander is the Founder and Presiding Bishop of a network of influential Christian organizations in the United States and abroad. Archbishop Alexander began his work in the Lord’s vineyard as a missionary in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. He was ordained as an Assistant Pastor in June 1977 in the Bronx, NY and served in this capacity at Emmanuel Baptist Church. In 1982, he was led by the Holy Spirit to pioneer New Covenant Christian Church. During the following years the church grew rapidly, leading to the establishment of affiliate churches in 15 countries.
Archbishop Alexander obtained a Bachelors in Theology from the American Bible College in 1977 and a Bachelors in Economics and Sociology from Lehman College in 1979. He completed his Masters of Arts in Economics in 1982 after a year of studies at Fordham University and a year of studies at Lehman College, respectively. In 1985, he earned a Doctorate Degree in Sociology & Urban Policy from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has been awarded two honorary Doctor of Divinity and Humanities Degrees from International Christian University, Benin, in recognition of his contributions to Christian Theology and his impact among the poor communities of the world. He was listed among the “Who’s Who in American Executives” in 1989 and the “Metropolitan Who’s Who in Religion” in America in 2006. Archbishop Alexander is also an accomplished author of several books: Doubt Reduces God to Your Size, Conquering with Your Seed, The Believer’s Growth Manual, and Purpose, Priority & Plan Equal Dominion.
The Impact of His Work in New York City
For over 30 years, the work of Archbishop Alexander through the Church and various community organizations he has founded has positively impacted the county of the Bronx in the following ways.
School & Educational Programs
Archbishop Alexander founded the New Covenant Christian School system, which has three campuses in the Bronx and provides educational programs for children from Preschool through High School. Partnering with working parents and their children to succeed in their academic endeavors is the objective of the school system. The students of the elementary and middle school are among the City’s brightest, and New Covenant Christian High School boasts of a 100 per cent graduation rate.
Food Pantry Services
NCCM engages in direct outreach weekly through its food pantry program that ensures, in cooperation with the NYC Food Bank, that families in the South Bronx have access to food regardless of their financial means. Since 2010, more than 64,000 have been served. The food pantry falls under the umbrella of the New Covenant Community Development Corporation, which is the community development initiative of NCCM. NCCDC is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, established in 2007 as a response to unemployment, poverty and homelessness in the Bronx.
Federal Credit Union Program
The New Covenant Federal Dominion Credit Union (NCDFCU) is a financial institution primarily serving low-income communities in the Bronx. NCDFCU was established in 2007, after more than 7 years of intense planning to combat the dangers of predatory lending in our communities. The credit union operates under the full charter of the National Credit Union Association. NCDFCU is a member-driven financial institution. Its goal is to develop economic stability and to improve the socio-economic conditions of its members through the promotion of thrift, financial education and wealth creation.
Jonathan and Cassiani Friz: with their children, Gabriel, Sabbath, Evangeline, Johanna, Melchizedek, and Phineas.
The Friz family moved to Massachusetts in 2005 to attend Gordon-Conwell Seminary, never expecting that God would call them to stay and give their lives in the New England region.
Jonathan is driven by a desire to see Jesus receive the answer to His prayer in John 17, “Let them be one as we are one.” To this end, he partners with believers in New England, around the nation, and the world strengthening movements of prayer, mission, unity, and spiritual awakening. He’s the visionary and coordiantor for the global 10 Days movement, seeking to stop cities and city-wide churches for seasons of encountering the living God and loving one another.
The Friz Family moved to Western Massachusetts in 2012 to establish a house of prayer and multi ministry mission base in a region historically known for great revivals and mission movements. Cassi is a certified Holistic Health Counselor and works to bring healing and wholeness through wise food and delicious counsel. They are blessed with six amazing children!