Byang Kato: Book Announcement

07 August 2023

Title: Byang Kato: The Life and Legacy of Africa's Pioneer Evangelical Theologian

Author: Aiah Dorkuh Foday-Khabenje

Imprint: Langham Monographs


In this in-depth study of the legacy of Byang Kato, Dr. Foday-Khabenje traces his extraordinary life from a boyhood immersed in African traditional religion to his conversion to Christianity as a young man, his education in Nigeria and abroad, his global leadership within the evangelical church, his tragic, untimely death, and the long-lasting impact of his prophetic voice. In the realm of African theology, Kato is often remembered for the oppositional stance he took towards many of his contemporaries, arguing passionately for the dangers of universalism and syncretism and urging the church to place the Bible at the heart of African Christianity. Foday-Khabenje engages these debates while demonstrating that Kato’s contributions to the African church cannot be reduced to polemics. His biblical hermeneutics, perspectives on African Christian identity, and tireless work for the expansion of theological education in Africa are each explored and celebrated, along with their implications for the contemporary church in Africa and beyond.

While nearly fifty years have passed since Kato’s death, his legacy is still as relevant as ever for a church facing the challenges of secularism and pluralism in the twenty-first century. In an age that seeks to de-emphasize the uniqueness of Christ, Kato’s testimony of the radical transformation offered by authentic biblical Christianity is good news for us all.


Based on fresh research and presented with verve and insight, this study of Africa’s pioneering evangelical theologian, Byang Kato, represents a singular contribution towards a better, fuller understanding of Kato, his life and his legacy. This volume will be a benchmark for all Kato research going forward.

Paul Bowers, PhD
Former Director,
Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA) andInternational Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE)

Byang Kato: The Life and Legacy of Africa’s Pioneer Evangelical Theologian is a rare gem that discusses the contributions of a very important African figure and the father of African evangelicalism. Christian leaders, pastors, students and historians will find this book a rare resource. I highly recommend it without reservation.

David Tarus, PhD
Executive Director,
Association for Christian Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA)

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