Angola Mission and Partnership

Members of the Angola Partnership Team know from first-hand experience that our partner denomination in Angola, IECA, is amazing. In the midst of difficult circumstances, they give hope and support to over a million members. They are very actively involved in bringing people to Christian faith and in “social mission” (education, health care, nutrition). With more pastoral leadership, made possible by increased seminary housing, the church can truly be a key for millions as they grow as Christians and build a healthy, peaceful future.

As Mike takes on the challenge of an Ironman triathlon, we ask you to respond to the challenges of our partners in Angola, and make a generous contribution to this seminary housing project. Your donations will help inspire Mike to complete his Ironman, and help bring hope to our brothers and sisters in Christ in Angola.

You can contribute on-line by simply clicking HERE. Note: Put your donation in the box next to OTHER and write Angola Seminary in the box to the right.

Or you can send a check made out to the Union Church of Hinsdale with “Angola Seminary” in the memo line. The address is Union Church of Hinsdale, 137 S. Garfield Ave, Hinsdale, IL, 60521. Mike will be happy to answer any questions, including questions about large donations (the IECA seminary can make wonderful use of funds!). Just ask! Email, msolberg at, or phone, (630) 323 – 4303.

The Illinois Conference Angola Partnership Team

In the summer of 2004, the Illinois Conference of the United Church of Christ initiated a partnership with the Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola with the encouragement and assistance of Global Ministries Team of the United Church of Christ and Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). This team is responsible to continue working on developing that partnership.

Angola Partnership Team

Mr. Zuberi Badili

Ms. Coumba Brooks

Dr. Donna Calvin

Mr. Edward David IV

Ms. Donna Dudley

Rev. Melbalenia Evans

Rev. Shirley Fleming

Dr. Darreyl Young-Gibson

Ms. Mary Sue Honigschmdit

Ms. Doris Davis Hunter

Dr. Betty James

Rev. Cedric McKay

Dr. Michelle McKay

Ms. Lisa Mitchell

Ms. Thora Nurse

Ms. Beverly Porzelt

Rev. Vertie Powers

Ms. Nancy T. Reed

Rev. Keith Scott

Ms. Janine Solberg

Rev. Mike Solberg

Ms. Shirley Watson

Mr. Ernie Wright

Convener, Ms. Lisa Mitchell

Co-Secretaries, Ms. Beverly Porzelt and Mr. Zuberi Badili

Conference Staff Consultant, Rev. Tom Norwalk

The current project of the Angola Partnership Team is a fundraising campaign to assist our Angolan brothers and sisters in building a home for married students at the Church’s Emanuel Seminary near Dondi, Angola. We are working to raise $60,000 for the project.