Jacques Balibanga was born and raised in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He was raised in a Christian home but did not find a denomination to call his own until he heard of the doctrine of Holiness in the Church of the Nazarene. He officially joined the church in 1990 and has served the church in a variety of ways since that time. He has been a Sunday school teacher, singer, bible school teacher, district secretary and treasurer. He has 20 years of experience in pastoral ministry, as well as 18 years served as a DS. He has also served as mission coordinator for eastern DRC, field literature coordinator and the Nazarene Theological Institute Co director. He has been instrumental in leadership Development within the countries of DRC, Rwanda and Burundi. Together, he and his wife have helped to plant the Church in Rwanda, Burundi and in many provinces in the DRC.
Balibanga holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology, as well as diplomas in finance, and education. He recently defended his thesis for his Masters program at Africa Nazarene University. He plans to graduate in 2018.
Hortance was also born and raised in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She and Jacques met in 1985 in Bukavu and were married on 24 August 1989. She has faithfully worked beside her husband and has been blessed with a calling to prayer and intercession throughout their ministry. She has a heart for orphans, as well as women’s ministry. She especially enjoys working with pastors’ wives and vulnerable women.
Jacques and Hortance have 9 children, 6 boys and 3 girls. Five of their children still live at home. John Wesley, Carla, Jonathan, Josue and Abigail. Jacque, Hortance and all of their children are actively involved in church ministry.
The Balibangas will be moving to Cameroon, Africa Central Field, Africa Region in July of 2018. Jacques will be developing the work of the Church of the Nazarene in Cameroon. His focus will be church planting, as well as church growth and development. Hortance will work with children and women’s ministries, and compassionate ministries alongside her husband as the church develops.
The Balibanga’s passion is in church planting, discipleship and leadership development, specifically in French speaking countries where the church is not yet developed. Their vision is to train ministers who will go through the country to train other leaders who will realize personal and corporate Wesleyan holiness revival resulting in the growth and multiplication of churches where disciples are making disciples in Cameroon and outside Cameroon. “In brief, to respond to God call, and the passion I have in ministry to make disciples like Jesus in the World.”