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Antioch Africa is a program of the Antioch Foundation



stirring one another up to love and good works


Onesphore Manirakiza

Co-founder | onesphore@antiochafrica.com

Onesphore grew up just south of Bujumbura on lake Tanganyika. He met and married his wife Innocente and they now have four children – Samuel, Deborah, Daniel and David. Onesphore has served many years as the visionary founder and leader of Harvest for Christ. He and his wife are committed to strengthening and establishing the global church through church-based theological training and church planting. Onesphore serves as an Elder in Shammah Temple and is the co-founder of Antioch Africa.

Russ Bennett

Co-founder | russ@antiochafrica.com

Russ grew up in South Carolina and is married to Anna Bennett. They have four beautiful children, Addison, Bella, Cora and baby Judson. Russ has served as a youth pastor, campus minister, church planter and elder for the last 16 years. He and his wife are committed to strengthening and establishing the global church through church-based theological training and church planting. Russ serves as an Elder in Shammah Temple and co-founder of Antioch Africa.  He loves good food and anything outdoors.

Samuel Ndayiragije

Samuel grew up in Burundi but spent most of his youth life in Kenya for schooling. While schooling, he served as a mission leader and youth leader at Redeemed Gospel Church, JCC Likoni in Kenya. He is married to Maureen Juaje. They have one adorable child, Joana Clarrah. He is a pastor of Source of Healing Church, Bujumbura. He is a board member and student of Antioch Africa. He also disciples people for development. He loves traveling and exploring new hobbies.

Anna Bennett

Mother/Nurse | anna@antiochafrica.com

Anna grew up in Canada and moved to South Carolina as a child. She was trained as a nurse and works hard everyday as a full-time mom to Addy, Bella, Cora and baby Judson. Russ and Anna met in college and have been married for 15 years. Anna has founded a non-profit called Babazi which means mercy to serve Burundian women who have been rescued off the streets. Anna serves alongside Innocent Manirakiza in women’s health and is actively involved in equipping women and children in the churches of Burundi. Find out more about Anna on her blog post.

Emily Deer


Emily grew up in a small town in South Carolina, but has yet to find a destination on the map she has not wanted to explore. Her pursuit after the Lord has led her to Jamaica, Costa Rica, Burkina Faso, Cuba and Italy. She is a gifted teacher and has worked with elementary students for the past 9 years. Emily was on the launch team and continues to faithfully serve at a church plant in Winston-Salem, NC.  She is excited to see how God uses her talents and passion for serving to accomplish His mission of being glorified in all nations.

Eliza Binney

Administrator/Nurse | eliza@antiochafrica.com

Through a past of moving and traveling, Eliza is learning to find home in the Lord's kingdom and to love the global church. She is a nurse and health educator with a passion for women's health and seeing the church reclaim its role as the lovers of the Lord's ministry to the vulnerable. With gifts in administration, she will be serving the church through teaching women, organization, and communication.

William Griffin

Linguist | william@antiochafrica.com

William is the fifth of five sons, who read in the Bible about the first being last and an itinerant rabbi who asked loads of questions, and got really excited. After studying accounting and French at a military school, he then studied the world and its creatures by doing labor jobs until getting into theater, giving horse carriage tours, and wanting to see more Jesus in common culture. He loves eating with people, watching movies, staring at blank pages before he writes anything, and reading about ideas.

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