Genesis & Marceline Tinshu & their 4 kids
Senior Pastoral Couple
Born and raised in the North West Region of Cameroon to Church-going parents, Genesis moved to Buea in 1994 to pursue a degree at the University of Buea. The following year in February of 1995, he was convicted of sin by the Holy Spirit while studying for his end-of-semester Math Exam. In his own words he describes that evening as follows:
I had such a sense of guilt about sin that I felt as if someone was physically questioning me about the sinful life I was living at that time.
Unable to continue studying, Genesis returned to his student hostel room that night, knelt down before his bed and began to cry our to God for forgiveness. After ‘feeling’ a sense of relief, he got up, searched his room and thankfully found his dusty small Gideon’s New Testament Bible that he had brought with him but had never opened it to read. He began to read the Bible on his own that evening for the first time and read it till dawn that day. In 3 months only, he would finish reading through the entire New Testament. That same week on campus, the Buea University Christian Union had an outreach in the then Amphi 250 and that gave Genesis the opportunity to make a public confession for Jesus Christ.
He immediately began to serve the Lord in his local Macedonia Baptist Church and later through ministries such as Cameroon Youths For Jesus and Emmaus Bible Correspondence School.
After graduating from the University in 1998 with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Genesis had big plans for a post-graduate in some Computer-related field but in 1999, he accepted a call to serve his Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the Good News of salvation. This decision intensified rejection by his family.
His acceptance to serve the Lord in 1999 would lead to an outreach followed by a Church-plant in the city of Buea in November 2004. Buea Community Church (BCC) had its first public worship serve on November 14, 2004, together with a group of less than 15 other people at his home at Bonduma, Buea. That was a huge leap into the unknown.
In April 2005, he married his wife Marceline and she left a government job to join Genesis in the ministry. Here were two passionate disciples of Jesus Christ launching out into Church planting from scratch and without any kind of theological training or financial support. It was an absolute step of faith and a very interesting experiment.
Around the same time (in December 2003) Genesis also founded a non-profit, Helps International (HINT), that operated as a social arm of his ministry carrying out practical projects in health, education, micro-finance and information technology in and out of Buea. Thousands of lives would later be impacted by HINT locally and internationally, including recognition of his work by the US Embassy in Cameroon among many others.
Genesis is very passionate about not just making converts for Christ, but about seeing God transform them into mature believers who are able to teach others the things they have been taught – discipleship. His desire is to blend the teaching the the Word of God with practical expressions of the Word in individual lives and within the community.
During his time as Senior Pastor of Buea Community Church and Founder/Executive Director of HINT from 2003 to December 2015, God has been able to use his ministry combination of the gospel and social entrepreneurship to impact thousands of lives in Cameroon, Africa, Europe and North America.
After wrestling with the false thought that “one does not really need theological training in order to be in ministry and do ministry“, he was finally overcome and began studies at Dallas Theological Seminary in January of 2016. God willing, he should graduate in 2020 with a Masters Degree in Theology (Th.M).
Genesis believes that his assignment after graduation is to equip pastors in Cameroon with sound theological training so that they can become more effective shepherds of Jesus Christ.
Genesis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics & Computer Science from the University of Buea in Cameroon and has undergone the follow ministry/leadership training programs, just to mention a few:
- 4-week Social Entrepreneurship training at Santa Clara University in California, USA in 2006.
- 3-week Global Proclamation Academy (GPA) at Dallas Theological Seminary, USA in 2007.
- 6-months Ministry Training School in South Africa in 2008.
- 4-week International Visitors Leadership Program under the US State Department in 2010 in USA.
- 4-weeks at Haggai Institute’s Advanced Leadership Training Program in Evangelism in Hawaii, USA.
He and his Marceline have been blessed with four kids—Naomi (10 in July 2016), Marie-Toni (8 in March 2016), Brian (6 in January 2016) and Davis (5 in April 2016).
Thank you for praying for him, his family (still back in Cameroon as at September 2016), his studies at DTS and his ministry back in Cameroon.
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