At Shepherds Academy in Zomba, Malawi, we serve Malawian churches by training gospel ministers to serve with humility and biblical faithfulness.

Academic Programs


Young men across Malawi can study for two years in Chichewa without any educational prerequisites. Students meet for two 6-week semesters each year and participate in ministry activities between semesters.

The Academy program is focused on discipleship and ministry preparedness for men called to serve in rural areas. Upon completion, students graduate Shepherds Academy with a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry.

College and Seminary

Through a partnership with Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College in the United States, Shepherds Academy offers courses available for credit toward undergraduate and masters degrees.

Students may accomplish up to ⅓ of their degree at Shepherds Academy and then complete their degree either online or in Kansas City, Missouri through Midwestern Seminary and Spurgeon College.

Week-long intensives will be offered four times each year, and students who take any eight courses may graduate Shepherds Academy with a Certificate in Biblical Studies.

Upcoming College & Seminary Courses

All courses may be credited toward associate and bachelor’s degrees at Spurgeon College. Those already possessing an accredited bachelor’s degree may take the same courses toward a Master of Arts or Master of Divinity degree at Midwestern Seminary as long as the student achieves a grade of B or greater.

Any students completing any 8 courses will be awarded the Shepherds Academy Certificate in Biblical Studies.


Dr. Joshua Hutchens, Ph.D.

The Church

April 15–19, 2024

A survey of Baptist History and Ecclesiology

Dr. Kory Cunningham, D.Min.

Old Testament I

June 3–7, 2024

An overview from Genesis to Esther

To Be Determined

October 21–25, 2024

Possible Courses: Old Testament II, New Testament I, Church History I, Biblical Theology, Global Missions

2024 Information

Deadline to apply for 2024 courses is December 15, 2023.

Cost is only K100,000 book fee per course.

Those needing room and board in Zomba for the week of class will be provided for.



Dr. Joshua Hutchens

President & Professor of Theology

Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Pastor of Preaching, Gospel Life Baptist Church, Zomba, Malawi


Prof. Isaac Dzimbiri

Dean of the Academy

M.A., Piedmont International University

Pastor of Evangelism and Discipleship, Gospel Life Baptist Church, Zomba, Malawi


Prof. Maya Kuthyola

Adjunct Professor

D.Min. Candidate, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Pastor, Unity Bible Church, Zomba, Malawi

Visiting Professors


Dr. Kory Cunningham

Visiting Professor

D.Min., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Associate Pastor, Hardin Baptist Church, Hardin, Kentucky, U.S.A.


Dr. Chuck Henderson

Visiting Professor

D.Min., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Executive Pastor, First Baptist Church, Henderson, Kentucky, U.S.A.