Apostle, Prophet

Andrew Wutawunashe
Andrew Wutawunashe, founder of Founder and Overseer of the Family of God church
Andrew Wutawunashe, founder of Founder and Overseer of the Family of God church
ChurchFamily of God
Personal details
NationalityZimbabwean
DenominationChristian
ResidenceHarare, Zimbabwe
SpouseRutendo Faith Wutaunashe
OccupationChurch Founder


Andrew Wutawunashe is a Zimbabwean religious leader and the founder of the Family of God Churches. His title in the church is both Apostle and Prophet but he's generally more referred to in Zimbabwe by the Apostle title. Wutawunashe founded the church in 1980 after a period of revival meetings in the country in the late 70s.

Background

Andrew Wutawunashe was married to Rutendo Wutawunashe until 2016.

Founding of Family of God Church

Around 1976 Andrew Wutawunashe, at age 23, led a series of Christian religious revival meetings in Zimbabwe. Over 4 years his following grew and in 1980 he founded what was then called the Worldwide Family of God Church.[1] It was commonly referred to as just Family of God or just FOG for short.

By 1985, the church spread to other countries like Zambia, Botswana, and the United Kingdom. Between 1983 and 1987 he ministered to churches in Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Russia, USA, India, UK, and Latvia. [2]

Affair and Divorce

Dr. Rutendo Faith Wutawunashe

In February 2016 Wutawunashe announced to his following that had been on separation with his wife for 10 years and that they had finally officially divorced. There were reports that Wutawunashe would be remarrying.

Trivia

Wutawunashe is often called upon to provide religious leadership on national and civic platforms. In August 2013 he officiated the inauguration of former President Robert Mugabe after he won the 2013 presidential and parliamentary elections. [3]

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Farm Mechanisation Scheme

In July 2020, a Rutendo Wutawunashe was listed, in the BSR of 18 July 2020, as a beneficiary in the 2007 RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme, as a result of the Fast Track Land Reform Programme.

The data is analysed by recipients origin:.

  • Mashonaland provinces had the most beneficiaries, both in terms of numbers and value.

Mashonaland East got US$47,5 million,
Mashonaland West US$44,7 million
Mashonaland Central had US$34,2 million.

  • Two Matebeleland provinces had a combined total of US$13,9 million.
  • Masvingo US$26,4 million,
  • Manicaland US$18 million
  • Midlands US$14 million.

This Rutendo Wutawunashe is listed under the thematic group “The Clergy”. He is listed as owing US$18,200.00. His relationship with Andrew Wutawanashe is not known. [4]

Comments on the Catholic Bishops' letter

Zimbabwe Indigenous Interdenominational Council of Churches (ZIICC) spokesperson, Andrew Wutawunashe said while the country waited for the next elections, it was best for the nation to rally behind the present government`s vision of rebuilding the nation and its economy while pursuing a path of peace and unity in diversity. He appealed to the international community and organisations that matters in the development of the country to help Zimbabweans move forward.

“It is also this appeal that we make today to governments as well as international and other organizations who are stakeholders in the journey of this nation; it’s time to help the Government and People of Zimbabwe to move forward,” said Wutawunashe who is the founding leader of Family of God.[5]

In 2019, Andrew Wutaunashe, who was leading the ZIICC, pleaded with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to give the local churches support and match the funding that was received by mostly missionary churches like the Catholic, Anglican and Methodist when they set up in Zimbabwe. Religious groups affliated to ZIICC led by Wutawunashe begged for stands and funding from government to construct their own places of worship and ordered main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa to endorse President Emmerson Mnangagwa publicly.

“We feel that now you are a President, whose eyes are open to the fact that you have got leadership of the church, which comes from the indigenous people. We appeal to you and your government to also find ways of affirming us, not only emotionally or by other statements, but also helping us to have infrastructure, land and other things so that these churches can have substance,” Wutawunashe said.

The churches also asked government to disregard the calls by the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference and the Zimbabwe Council of Churches (ZCC), which voiced concern over the deteriorating social, political and economic situation in the country. Then MDC Alliance national executive member (now Spokesperson) and lawyer Fadzayi Mahere was quick to take a dig at Wutawunashe, saying the pronouncements for the opposition to discard their call to have dialogue on Mnangagwa’s legitimacy was anchored on a desire to amass trinkets.[6]

Wutawunashe's Sermons





References

  1. Apostle Andrew Wutawunashe Profile , African Revival - AWWW, Retrieved: 28 Feb 2016
  2. AWWW History, African Revival - AWWW, Retrieved: 28 Feb 2016
  3. Prophet Wutaunashe Caught in Secret Affair with Small House, Zimeye, Published: 9 Feb 2016 , Retrieved: 28 Feb 2016
  4. https://www.bigsr.co.uk/single-post/2020/07/18/BSR-EXCLUSIVE-Beneficiaries-of-the-RBZ loan of US$325,368.00-Farm-Mechanisation-Scheme BSR EXCLUSIVE: Beneficiaries of the RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme], Big Saturday Read, Published: 18 July 2020 Retrieved: 18 July 2020
  5. [1], New Zimbabwe, Published: 19 August, 2020, Accessed: 19 August, 2020
  6. Blessed Mhlanga/Richard Muponde, [2], Newsday, Published: 4 December, 2019, Accessed: 19 August, 2020