HISTORY OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF RWANDA
The Anglican Church of Rwanda was officially started in 1925 by the Church Missionary Society (CMS) of the Church of England; the branch was then called Ruanda-Mission. It remained a branch of the Church of England until 1966 when the Diocese of Rwanda was created.
From that time until 1980, the Anglican Church of Rwanda was part of the Province of the Anglican Church of Uganda-Rwanda-Burundi-Boga/Zaire. In 1980, Burundi-Rwanda-Zaire formed a separate francophone Province called the Province of the Anglican Church of Burundi-Rwanda-Zaire. In 1992, the Anglican Churches from each of the 3 countries became autonomous Provinces. It is in that context that the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda (Province de l’Eglise Anglicane au Rwanda- PEAR) was inaugurated on 7 June 1992 when the first Archbishop was enthroned.
Today PEAR has 11 Dioceses with a membership of around 1 million of people with 350 Parishes and 2,500 catechists. Up until 2011, whoever was elected and installed Archbishop remained in his original Diocese keeping the benefits that are present in that Diocese. In 2011 a totally new metropolitan Diocese was created. From then onward, every Archbishop elected will reside in this metropolitan Diocese of Gasabo. The preoccupation of the Province of the Anglican Church of Rwanda is to fulfill the Great Commission through preaching the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ in word and deeds in all corners of Rwanda. The gospel preached will be holistic, geared to addressing the real spiritual, mental and physical needs that Rwandans are grappling with day by day. PEAR Church members are expected to contribute effectively to the life of their Parishes and Dioceses and to be effective Christian presence and witness in the broader community.
To achieve the above purpose, the Province will organize, mobilize and equip her members for effective spiritual and social transformation. This requires skilled and visionary servant leaders at all levels of the Province and in all aspects of Church life. These leaders will empower others to live and grow as disciples and servants of our Lord Jesus Christ.