Are there any people in the Bible that look like me?

Jordan and Jasmine’s dad loves history and is always telling them stories about the past. One day when their family is out on a picnic, they start asking if there were any Christians who looked like them who God had used to help the church grow.

They are excited when their dad shares inspiring true stories of early Christian leaders—both men and women—from Africa who helped to grow the early church in remarkable and significant ways.

African Heroes: Discovering Our Christian Heritage shows children how God has used all races and ethnicities in his plan of redemption by celebrating and highlighting the contributions of African theologians and martyrs.

Details of this Book

  • Written for children ages four to seven to show the African roots of the early church.
  • Key principles and Bible verses are connected with each leader; for example, Augustine’s life and work in Algeria is characterized by grace (Ephesians 2:8).
  • Christian parents and church leaders will value sharing this resource with children to show that people of diverse cultures were part of the early church.

Author Jerome Gay introduces children to the stories of eleven amazing African leaders, including Augustine, Athanasius, Tertullian, and more. African Heroes presents these figures on a level children can understand with diverse imagery and colorful illustrations by John Joven.

About the Author

Jerome Gay, Jr., is the founder of Vision Church in Raleigh, NC—a gospel-centered, socially conscious, missionally minded, disciple-making church that’s serving Raleigh and surrounding areas. At Vision Church, he serves as the Lead Pastor of Teaching, Preaching, and Vision.

Jerome also serves on the board of Thriving, an urban resource collective that equips and trains urban practitioners for ministry and impact. He speaks to churches and organizations all over the country. He has a Master’s Degree in Christian Studies and Ethics from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jerome is married to his lovely wife, Crystal Gay, and is the father of Jamari Christina Gay and Jerome Jordan Gay III.

Order Your Copy of African Heroes Today

  • Africa’s contributions to Christianity is rarely taught, but this book tells the story we’ve longed to hear. African Heroes will inspire, educate, and fan the flame of dignity for black children. This isn’t “black-washing”Christianity, rather, it’s beautifully illustrated truth telling for the glory of Jesus! Every family, regardless of race, needs this book in their home.

    Sarita T. Lyons, JD, PhD
    Sarita T. Lyons, JD, PhD Director of Discipleship and Women’s Ministry / Epiphany Fellowship Church
  • It’s not our history, but our memories that most shape us. By pairing the these heroes with the virtues they embodied, Jerome ensures that the richest parts of our Christian history are embedded deep into the memories of the next generation. I hope this unique and much needed book begins a trend where others take up this task.

    John Onwuchekwa Author & Speaker
  • Besides kid-friendly versions of the Bible itself, there is not another children's book I'd recommend more for Black families than "African Heroes: Discovering Our Christian Heritage.'' As he has done in so much of his previous work, Pastor Jerome Gay has put together a book that teaches, celebrates, and presents Christianity the way God meant for it to be done - multiculturally. In reading about their rich Christian heritage, Black children will learn they are as loved, as cherished, and as empowered as any other race or ethnicity of people.

    Chris Broussard
    Chris Broussard Internationally-known Sports Broadcaster
  • Some of the most influential theologians in my life were born and ministered on the continent of Africa. There is a rich and beautiful heritage that is rarely marveled at or pointed out. Jerome Gay has done an exceptional job introducing some of these heroes of the faith to the next generation.

    Matt Chandler The Village Church / Lead Pastor

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