"I'm here at Wesley College to continue the call God put on me"

rev damson maganga

dean of students

Reverend Damson Maganga joined Wesley College in January 2018, as visiting lecturer in theology. In July 2018 he stepped into the full-time role of Dean of Students, assuming responsibilities for student monitoring, guidance, and support, both in the College setting and at the student hostel. He continues to teach theology classes on a part-time basis.

Prior to coming to Wesley College, Reverend Maganga studied theology and management at St. John’s University of Tanzania in Dodoma, the capital city of Tanzania. After becoming an ordained priest in the Anglican Church, he served as a school manager at Isamilo International School in Mwanza. Also, he has worked as the principal of a Bible school and serves as an English-language priest at an Anglican Church. According to Rev. Maganga, “I’m here at Wesley College to continue the call God put on me.”

That call came when he was 21 years old. He grew up on the Tanzanian island of Ukerewe, the largest island in Lake Victoria.  His father was a civil servant and his mother a housewife.  For all of his growing-up years, his mother suffered from a significant spiritual problem. She was mentally tormented. Then, just at the time that she became very seriously ill, she heard God’s voice telling her that she would be saved. Part of God’s prophecy was that her son would become a great servant of God. Ever since that time, Reverend Maganga has been following that call.

Here’s what Reverend Maganga has to say about Wesley College:

“The presence of Wesley College is a great opportunity for this area of Tanzania and our country as a whole.  Any society without education is poor. The purpose of Wesley College is to rescue society from poverty. We are taking away ignorance and giving knowledge. We can use education to power society and move it forward to a new level.”

As Dean of Students, Reverend Maganga works closely with Wesley College students to ensure their competence in areas of instruction and growth both inside and outside the classroom. He sees first-hand how the College is changing lives, particularly with students who have great passion but never had the chance to finish secondary education. “Too many people in our villages have missed that chance, typically due to poverty or family issues. The doors are now open to them for future studies. This is a unique institution; we don’t have others of this sort in Mwanza or Tanzania.”

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