Paul Tshihamba

Vice President for Church Engagement Congo Initiative—USA

Paul Tshihamba serves as the Vice President for Church Engagement for Congo Initiative-USA, after having spent 20 years as a pastor of missional engagement for two prominent US churches, Christ Presbyterian Church, Edina, Minnesota, and First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California. Prior to joining the CI staff, Paul served on its board of directors for eight years, the last five as its chair. A native of the Democratic Republic of Congo, his ministry for the last two decades has had a distinctly global focus, while being deeply rooted in a local congregational context.

Paul’s formal education includes a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Presbyterian College in South Carolina. The son of an academic historian and a visual artist, he has a deep love and commitment to understanding the contextual and experiential aspects of missional engagement. His great passion in ministry has been, and continues to be, to connect the American church to the world through opportunities for global engagement. In addition to serving on Congo Initiative’s US board, he has also served as a member of the board of Global Strategies (a San Franciscobased nonprofit organization that empowers communities in the most neglected areas of the world to improve the lives of women and children through innovative approaches to healthcare); The National Youth Leadership Council; and Daystar US. He is married his life partner, Andrea, with whom he shares the deep privilege of being parents to four children: Joshua, Jacob, Charis, and Miriam.