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Presbyterian Church in Cameroon

The Presbyterian Church in Cameroon is a member of the WCC since 1961.
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Based in : Cameroon
Present in : South Africa, France, Switzerland, United States of America
Membership : 2,000,000
Pastors : 531
Congregations : 1,540
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WCC Member Since : 1961
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English Baptists had first come to this part of West Africa in 1845. In 1884 the territory came under German protection and it was agreed, at a conference of European Missionary Societies, that the Basel Mission should take over the work of the English Baptists. This was done in 1886. During the first world war the administration of the country passed into British hands and the German and Swiss missionaries were called back. This had a tragic effect on the work of the mission but a small group of faithful people continued the work, making the church a truly indigenous one. In 1925 European missionaries began returning to the country. The second world war again disrupted church life, which was however followed by a period of intense activity and growth. The church became autonomous in 1957. A new constitution was drawn up and adopted, marking the autonomy of the church. It consists of three parts: basic principles, organization, worship and life.

The church runs several general hospitals, a rehabilitation centre for leprosy patients, numerous health centres, some of them with an opthalmological unit, and a central pharmacy. Much emphasis is placed on primary health care in the villages. In the educational field the church has a large number of nursery schools, primary schools, secondary/high schools and a teacher training college. The Church runs a Christian University. There is also a centre for agricultural and employment training. The pastors receive their training at the theological seminary in Kumba. Some are still being trained outside Cameroon, in Africa and overseas. The church has departments for women, men and youth. The radio and communication department runs its own radio station, the Christian Broadcasting Service in Buea and in Bamenda.

The PCC has joined other Protestant churches in Cameroon to address common issues of an educational, social, political as well as spiritual nature. It supports and promotes the information and eradication of HIV/AIDS and has a very strong policy statement on the issue.

In 2003 the Church celebrated 100 years of the Gospel in the grass field, at Ntafoang, Bali where the missionaries first settled. The Church celebrated its golden jubilee in 2007 and its diamond jubilee in 2017.

At the helm of spiritual leadership of the PCC is the Moderator.