Dr. Stanley Makhosi Bhebhe was born in Turk Mine outside the city of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in the late 50’s. He began his career as a youth pastor before getting into academics, then community development and executive corporate leadership, before ascending to the position of Vice Chancellor of Africa Nazarene University.
A dynamic go-getter with an illustrious career both within the African continent and abroad, Dr. Bhebhe has a wealth of experience as a strategic leader and vision bearer in private enterprise, non-profit and parastatal organizations. Prior to his appointment as the VC of Africa Nazarene University, he was with the Independent Development Trust, a State-owned entity in Pretoria, South Africa. In the 13 years that Dr. Bhebhe spent at the Independent Development Trust, he served in a number of capacities namely, Regional General Manager, Executive Head Regional Operations, Chief Operating Officer, Specialist Business Turnaround and Organizational Transformation, Executive Head Corporate Services and Acting Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to joining the Independent Development Trust, Dr. Bhebhe was the Program Director and Senior Lecturer for the Community Development Program in the School of Adult Learning and Community Development at the University of Kwa Zulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. His rich leadership and academic experience includes a Lectureship in the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa; serving as Vice Rector for Academic Affairs and Professor of Religion and Contemporary Social Thought at the Nazarene Theological College in Johannesburg, South Africa; Adjunct Professor in African Traditional Religions at Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA; Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey as well as serving as a Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey in USA. Prior to that he served as Chair of the College of Ministry, at the Christian College of Southern Africa in Harare, Zimbabwe. Dr. Bhebhe has also served as a visiting lecturer and adjunct facilitator for Masters and Doctoral programs in the School of Religion and Ministry, Africa Nazarene University since 1995.
In terms of Corporate and Leadership experience, Dr. Bhebhe previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the World Vision, South Africa, an International Relief and Development Agency where he also served as the Chief Operations Officer. He has also been a non-executive board member for non-profit organizations, including serving as one of the non-clergy board members representing Africa on the Global Board of the Church of the Nazarene and he currently saves as a member of the International Board of Education of the Church of the Nazarene.
Dr. Bhebhe is a Denman Fellow, having received the Denman Dissertation Fellowship from Drew University. He is also a member of Who’s Who among students in American Universities. He was also listed on Who’s Who in Southern Africa in 1996. Dr. Bhebhe is the recipient of the distinguished Alumni Award for Academic and Professional Achievement from the Christian College of Southern Africa in Harare, Zimbabwe where he graduated with a Diploma in Mass Communication and Biblical Studies.
Dr. Bhebhe holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Religion and Society (with a focus on Cultural Anthropology) from Drew University; a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) with majors in Anthropology of Religion and Social Ethics from Drew University; a Master of Arts (M. A.) in African Religions with a minor in the History of Christianity in Africa from the University of Zimbabwe; a Bachelor of Divinity (B.D.) in Theology and Ethics from the Reformed Theological College of Australia and New Zealand; a Licentiate in Theology (B.A. Theology equivalent) from the Evangelical Seminary in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa; and a Diploma in Mass Communication from the Christian College of in Harare, Zimbabwe. He has a number of Professional Development certificates in in Management, Change Management, Labor Relations, Leadership, Project Management, Urban Infrastructure Design and Management and Corporate Governance.
Dr. Bhebhe has used his training in Cultural Anthropology to establish a professional and academic career in the areas of Community Development and Organizational Development and has published in such areas as Church and State in Zimbabwe, Religion and Violence and Liberation Theology.
Dr. Bhebhe is married to Busi Ndlovu-Bhebhe and they have four grown children.