Chris & Ros Howles

Chris and Ros are working full-time at Uganda Martyrs’ Seminary, Kampala, an Anglican theological training institution training men and women for ordained gospel ministry in the Anglican Church of Uganda. Chris is teaching systematic theology, New Testament, mission and practical theology courses, as well as running the college Bible-study programme and other ministries. Ros is involved in pastoral care of female students and is a full-time mum. Chris and Ros also work as Sunday School co-ordinators in their local parish church. They have 3 children – Josh, Dan, and Chloe.

What’s the Need?

Although 85% of the population of Uganda describe themselves as Christian, prosperity theology, syncretistic religion, materialistic attitudes and nominalism are common within churches. The fact that many leaders have little opportunity for practical, gospel-centred training for ministry means that “solid biblical formation for pastors is a key issue for strengthening the church. (Operation World)

Uganda Martyrs Seminary (UMS), Namugongo seeks to meet these needs by discipling and training leaders for evangelical ministry within the Church of Uganda – the largest protestant denomination in the country and an increasingly important partner in the global Anglican community. UMS is committed to training men and women in biblical studies and pastoral and preaching skills, in order to equip them to teach gospel truth faithfully and strengthen the rapidly-growing church in East Africa.

Why Chris and Ros?

Following their involvement in several short-term missions to East Africa, Chris and Ros decided they wanted to serve the Lord Jesus by working long-term with the local church to train faithful pastor-teachers. Chris was a trained teacher before studying at theological college, whilst Ros trained in medicine. Over the last four years, Chris has been studying for a Masters degree in Theology and World Mission at Oak Hill College, London. Ros has been able to study some modules part-time, whilst also working as a doctor and mum. During this time, they have enjoyed serving in their local church. Chris and Ros’ training and background combine well with their strong desire to see the growth and discipling of bible-based, Christ-centred churches in Uganda. They have therefore accepted an invitation from Reverend Canon Henry Segawa, the college principal, to join the staff at UMS as it seeks to train and equip the future leaders of the Ugandan Church.

At UMS they will be:

  • Discipling and training church leaders
  • Teaching biblical studies and homiletics (Chris) and community health modules (Ros)
  • Serving as active members of the local church

Alongside looking after the family, Ros also hopes to work with UMS staff to develop training for students’ spouses, and to be involved in providing basic medical support for the college community.

Read their latest Prayer Letter here.