The development of Africa University is a consequence of the growth of United Methodism in Africa. The growth in membership and the emerging socio-economic and political needs in their countries led the African Bishops of the United Methodist Church to call on their Church to invest in higher education provision in Africa. Click here for a history Africa University.

Illinois Great Rivers Conference has supported Africa University since its beginning and continues to donate more than $40,000 yearly to fulfill the conference apportionment for Africa University.


The following scholarship programs have been established at Africa University with IGRC's assistance:

  • Richard E Reeves Legacy Society
  • David and Martha Lawson Scholarship Endowment
  • Bishop Jonathan D. Keaton and Mrs. Beverly Keaton Scholarship Endowment

For more information on Africa University visit their website at


Missionary news

Jane, a United Methodist missionary, is part of a team teaching English to students coming from non-English speaking countries in Africa. Larry is recently retired as a missionary but is still teaching Agriculture.

News from Jane and Larry Kies, UMC missionaries at Africa University.  Read here 
Contact info can be found here