Shembe Church

Nazareth Baptist Church – commonly known as the Shembe Church is one of the largest traditional African churches in Africa, drawing members not only from South Africa, but also neighbouring countries like Swaziland and Lesotho. The church’s first headquarters is found along the M25.  

The Church was founded in 1910 by Prophet Isaiah Shembe. Prophet Shembe was born in 1865, at Ntabamhlophe (Escort Area) in the Drakensberg region of Natal. He was of pure Zulu descent.