Death has been announced of Reverend Dr. John (Jack) William Chinchen, Founder of African Bible Colleges, faceofmalawi can reveal.
This has been disclosed in a press statement released few minutes ago posted on African Bible Colleges facebook page seen by FOM’s reporter.
According to the statement, Reverend Chinchen died on Tuesday in South Africa where he was flown for medical attention after a short illness.
“Rev. Dr. John (Jack) William Chinchen, Founder of African Bible Colleges, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 26, at 6:40 pm at the age of 94. Dr. Chinchen died in Africa, where he served Christ for nearly 50 years as a pioneer missionary and one of the continent’s great trailblazers of Christian higher education,” reads in part the statement.
A commemorations service of Rev. Dr. Chinchen took place this morning at African Bible College Campus in Lilongwe.
Dr. Chinchen is survived by his wife, Nell Barksdale Robertson Chinchen of Jackson, Mississippi, who co-founded Christian colleges and universities with Jack in Liberia (1976), Malawi (1989) and Uganda (2005) – and their seven children – Bill, Vann, Del, Lisa, Paul, Palmer and Marion Sue. Jack has 39 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren – along with, as Christ promised in Mark 10, tens of thousands of children who came to know and love God as a result of his 50 years of service in Africa from 1970-2019.
Jack Chinchen was born on June 30, 1924, in Detroit, Michigan. He was the first born of Arthur and Beth Chinchen and grandson of John D. Crummy, founder of FMC. Jack grew up in San Jose, California, with his brother Stanley, who is now 90.