Several missionaries from the Christian churches and churches of Christ trained Christians for ministry in various locations in what was then Rhodesia for many years, but in 1975, these efforts came together to form Rhodesian Christian College. The college was located in the capital of Salisbury and was under the leadership of the college's first principal, Jack Pennington, an American missionary. At the new college, both Africans and Europeans particpated in night classes, church services, camps, retreats, mission meetings, and Bible correspondence courses.
After the civil war which brought independence in 1980, the nation became Zimbabwe, and the college became Zimbabwe Christian College in the newly renamed capital of Harare. The next year, resident classes began on campus. In the thirty years that followed, the college was led by Jack Pennington, David Altman, Kenneth Makusha (the college's first Zimbabwean principal), and Sidyne Mavodza, the current principal.
The college's first primary building was formerly a hotel. A classroom building was soon added, and in the past ten years, and administration building and library have been also been constructed.
The 300+ graduates of the college serve in a variety of ministries: ministers of several rural churches or one larger city church; chaplains in the military, prisons, boarding schools, and hospitals; teachers of Bible correspondence courses; missionaries to surrounding countries; administrators and teachers of children's homes; college professors; church planters and leadership trainers.