Chimala Bible Institute


Chimala, Tanzania, East Africa


The primary objective of the Chimala Bible Institute (CBI) is to train men of God for the task of taking the gospel of Christ to the lost of southern Tanzania and beyond. The CBI follows the principle guiding all the Bear Valley Bible Institute (BVBI) extension schools as expressed in 2 Timothy 2:2.


The Chimala Mission is a household name to most anyone who is familiar with mission work in East Africa. Established in the early 1960's, the Chimala Mission Hospital was an expedient way for the churches of Christ to remain in the country of Tanzania (Tanganyika) by meeting the government’s new requirement of providing some kind of “social” benefit to the country. The new mission located on the “Great North Road” not only gave our missionaries church recognition but it also provided a powerful tool for evangelistic outreach. Literally thousands of people have been refreshed in both body and soul because of the Chimala Mission. From its beginning until now, numerous missionaries have served at the Chimala Mission as evangelists, preachers, teachers, doctors, nurses, etc. Today, the New York Ave. church of Christ in Arlington, TX oversees the Chimala work.

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In 2004, the New York Ave. church of Christ contacted the BVBI about the prospects of offering a degree program at Chimala. Since 1987, the Chimala School of Preaching had been doing a good job of training preachers; however, the elders desired to take the preacher-training offered at Chimala a step higher to offer a program of study which would be in keeping with the increasing educational demands of East Africa. Continuing with the over-all goal of the BVBI to establish preacher-training schools around the world, the prospect of assisting the preacher-training at Chimala was an exciting opportunity. 

The Chimala Bible Institute has three different programs of study.  There is a Swahili program, and English program.  CBI offers an Associates degree in the Swahili program, a Bachelor's degree in the English program, and also a Master's degree. 

Areas of Influence:

The unique geography of the country naturally divides the northern from the southern part of Tanzania. Therefore, as the Andrew Connally School of Preaching serves northern Tanzania and surrounding areas, the Chimala Bible Institute serves southern Tanzania extending its influence also into Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, and the Republic of Congo.

Contact Information:

Chad Wagner - Missionary

The New York Avenue Church of Christ is the overseeing congregation for this work. Visit their website at:  

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View the video below for a short walking tour of the Chimala Mission grounds.


The following video is a video about the overall Chimala Mission.



The following is a video of the students at the Chimala Primary School.