Statement of Faith


Zion Evangelical Ministries of Africa clearly identifies itself with the historic, fundamental teachings of the Bible.

Bible is The Word of God

We believe that the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testaments only, is verbally inspired by the Holy Spirit, is inerrant in the original manuscripts, and is the infallible and authoritative Word of God.


We believe that Adam, created in the image of God, was tempted by Satan and sinned. In Adam’s choosing to sin, all mankind is now guilty, both by imputation and choice, and is entirely affected by sin and needs to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit for salvation.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God, was born of a virgin, died vicariously, shed His blood as man’s substitutionary sacrifice, rose bodily and ascended to heaven where He is presently exalted at the Father’s right hand.


We believe that salvation consists of the remission of sin, the imputation of Christ’s righteousness and the gift of eternal life by faith alone, apart from works.

Return of Jesus

We believe that the return of Jesus Christ is imminent, and that it will be visible and personal.
We believe that the saved will be raised to everlasting life and blessedness in heaven, and that the unsaved will be raised to everlasting and conscious punishment in hell.

Our History

ZEMA : first known as the Mahon Mission. ZEMA has a close relationship with the Christian Catholic Church of Zion, IL, USA, that was founded by John Alexander Dowie in 1896.

​ZEMA is a mission agency that ministers among the amaZioni of southern Africa. The mission was established by Edgar Mahon after he met with Daniel Bryant who visited South Africa on behalf of the Christian Catholic Church in Zion in South Africa. John Alexander Dowie had commissioned Bryant to oversee the ministry of this church in South Africa and Bryant commissioned Mahon to oversee the ministry among the amaZioni in his area. This led to the formation of the Mahon Mission today known as Zion Evangelical Ministries of Africa.