African Gifts of the Spirit

Pentecostalism & the Rise of Zimbabwean Transnational Religious Movement

David Maxwell



This book considers the rise of born-again Christianity in Africa through a study of one of the most dynamic Pentecostal movements. David Maxwell traces the transformation of the prophet Ezekiel Guti and his prayer band from small beginnings in the townships of the 1950s into the present-day transnational business enterprise, which is now the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God. Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa claims one and a half million members in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa and has branches in other African countries, Europe, and the United States. African Gifts of the Spirit illuminates Africa's relations with American Christianities, black and white.


Few books on African Christianity match its scope and intellectual rigor. It will define the field of Pentecostal Studies for years to come. - Harri Englund, University of Cambridge


David Maxwell, past editor of the Journal of Religion in Africa, is senior lecturer at the University of Keele.