It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Dr. Paul Chinchen, president of African Bible Colleges on Wednesday, July 6th, 2022. He died suddenly in his home in Jackson, Mississippi. Paul was 58 years old.
We have lost a great leader and strong advocate for Christian education across Africa. Paul devoted his life to the development of strong Christian leaders on the continent of Africa where African Bible Colleges operate in Liberia, Malawi, and Uganda raising up leaders in missions, education, government, media, nonprofits, business, social work, community development, health care, and sports.
Paul grew up in the rainforest of Liberia, West Africa and lived and served in Africa for more than 50 years where he “left his footprint across the continent,” his family states. Dr. Paul Chinchen was the second president of African Bible Colleges following his late father, Rev. Jack Chinchen.
Children of the Nations Founder, Chris Clark, had a close relationship with Dr. Paul Chinchen since they were young boys and were first introduced at Island Lake Camp in Poulsbo, Washington and later grew up together in Liberia, West Africa where their parents served as missionaries.
“No words work to describe a best friend that you’ve known literally your entire life,” Chris Clark said. “They will come, but for now I can only give praise to the creator for his life and legacy.”
Paul was instrumental in the startup of Children of the Nations in both Malawi and Uganda and served on our first board of directors in Malawi. Paul’s heart for the destitute children across Africa was evident and he advocated for the most desperate. As a result, COTN has had 60 graduates from African Bible Colleges.
“He loved the Lord with all his heart, put family first always, and was a true visionary, dreamer, epic storyteller, passionate about sustainability, and advocate for Africa,” his twin brother, Palmer Chinchen said of his brother. “Paul was a hero, not only for the continent of Africa but in everyday life at home with his family.”
Dr. Paul Chinchen leaves behind his wife Laura and children Ashley, Cozz, Annabelle, Levi, Bess and Vanndel, and granddaughter Verona Rae. Please continue to pray for the family during this time of loss.
“There is only one life. It will soon pass. Only what is done for Christ will last.” - Jim Elliott (written in the back of Dr. Chinchen’s bible)
For more information, go to African Bible Colleges' website.