From growing the fruit of the kings (Comice Pears) in the Santa Clara Valley to bearing fruit for the King of Kings, Jack and Nell Chinchen left their pear orchards to go to seminary. Jack was serving at First Presbyterian Church in Picayune, MS when he and Nell were called to Africa as missionaries. In 1970, they moved to Liberia with 5 of their 7 children. Living in a bamboo house in the jungle, they trained native pastors, ran a mission school, and established and operated a clinic for the surrounding villages. They founded African Bible Colleges, Inc. and launched their first 4-year Bible College in Yekepa, Liberia in 1977, as well as the ministry "Bible College by Radio."
In 1992, a second Bible College was opened in Malawi on a 50-acre site. On the same compound, they established two radio stations and a Christian Academy with over 350 students from 28 different countries. Then the full-service hospital and a large pediatric ward for malnourished children were developed.
In 2000, the Chinchens established a third Bible College in Uganda on a 20-acre campus, along with a radio station focused on Kampala and the surrounding area. Radio is a vital part of the ABC ministry in each country with broadcasting studios on each of the campuses enabling them to bring Christian programming to millions each day. Each of the colleges offers a degree in Biblical studies with minors in communications and Christian education. Coursework includes computer science, business ethics, world and African history, sermon preparation and homiletics.
The Chinchens minister with 2 of their children: Paul and his wife, Laura; and Marion and her husband Steve. Fifteen 15 of their 39 grandchildren are in Africa with them. Jack is Chairman of the Board of African Bible Colleges, Inc., and they will concentrate on restoring the Bible College in Liberia that had to close during the Ebola epidemic. Both he and Nell speak in numerous churches and conferences.
Updated September 2015
Liaison: Rob and Laura Coit