BURLINGTON, N.C. – Bishop Trevor Manhanga traveled to the United States from his home in Zimbabwe Aug. 22-29, and spoke at several events in North Carolina – including National Agents Alliance’s “In The Hunt” National Convention, where he served as keynote speaker at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Manhanga’s visit was made possible by National Agents Alliance President and CEO Andy Albright and his wife, Jane. The Albrights met with Manhanga during a mission trip to Africa last year.
During the trip, Manhanga met with officials at North Carolina State University’s Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Albright Living and Learning Village and spoke at Lamb’s Chapel in Haw River, N.C.
“We enjoyed spending time with Bishop Trevor and his wife, Charmaine during our National Convention, N.C. State and at Lamb’s Chapel,” Albright said. “He was able to meet a lot of people during the trip, and I’m sure that he’s established new relationships that will impact many lives in the future. We were happy to make to have them as our guests during the week.”
Delivering a message of hope, Manhanga encouraged people to remember that success can only be found if you are willing to find a way to overcome obstacles. Manhanga maintains and manages more than 250 churches in Africa, and is a strategic partner with New Directions International.
“I very much enjoyed my time visiting with NAA and Andy and Jane Albright,” Manhanga said. “We were able to make some new friends and I look forward to many of them coming to visit us in Zimbabwe in the future.”
After speaking at NAA’s event, Manhanga and New Directions International founder JL Williams traveled with Albright to visit the Albright Village at N.C. State. Tom Miller, the Executive Director with the Entrepreneurship Initiative at N.C. State, said he enjoyed showing the group some of the exciting ideas that are coming from students in the Albright Village.
“In his book, The Coming Jobs War, Gallup chairman and CEO Jim Clifton points to research showing that the number one desire of people all over the world is a good job, so that they can proudly support themselves and their families,” Miller said. “That came through loud and clear in Bishop Trevor’s keynote at NAA’s National Convention. This ideal strongly resonates with our students, who want to live in a world where economic prosperity touches all people. Several of our Albright Entrepreneurs are working on ideas around a ‘triple bottom line, people, planet, and profit.’ Doing well, and doing good. That’s the essence of Bishop Trevor’s message.”
Drawing from the parallels between life and sports, Manhanga said the ingredients of a winning football team don’t sit squarely on one person. He said finding the winning formula takes teamwork, and he said NAA’s team has a strong understanding of this.
“It was an honor to speak to The Alliance and to the members and visitors at Lamb’s Chapel,” Manhanga. “I don’t take opportunities like that for granted because somebody is trusting you to deliver something meaningful for people to lead better lives. My goal is always to change lives and make their lives better for years to come.”
Manhanga’s professional career started in banking back in 1981, but he felt God was calling him to do greater things and enrolled in ministry school in Zimbabwe in 1982. Since then, Manhanga has preached the gospel in what he considers the most rewarding experience of his life. With the support of his wife, Charmaine and their five children (Ernest, Zoe, Trevor Jr., Charissa and Christopher), the Manhangas are truly making a difference in the lives of people, communities and nations all over the world.
Beyond spreading the gospel, Manhanga has been vital in mediation and peacemaking during some of the most troubled political and economic years in the history of Zimbabwe. His voice of reason has helped keep his country from the kind of political anarchy and tribal genocide seen in many African countries.
Apart from his ministry responsibilities, Manhanga is a regular contributor of articles in the press as well as a speaker/presenter/facilitator at workshops and seminars in the field of HIV/AIDs, Peace and Justice, Human Rights and Democracy, Business Ethics and religious matters. He runs a poultry concern and a transport company, served as chaplain to the mayor of Mutare and as chairman of the stakeholders forum to the city of Mutare – the third largest city in Zimbabwe with a population of 250,000 people.
Bishop Manhanga travels extensively in ministry in Zimbabwe, the African continent as well as to the U.S. and Canada. With all that experience under his belt, Manhanga belives he will do even greater good in the future.
In 1984, Manhanga took a position as co-pastor with Victory Tabernacle, a church he has seen grow from 15 people to more than 1,000 members having planted seven satellite churches. He was ordained by the Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe in 1987 and has served the church as Overseer for Manicaland Province, National Treasurer and Member of the National Executive Council, Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Bible College before being elected as the Presiding Bishop of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe in 1993, a position he currently holds. He has also served for two terms as the President of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Africa, a grouping of the Pentecostal Assemblies churches on the African continent comprising some 30,000 churches in 15 countries on the African continent.