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School Background

Umtata Christian School was born out of a God-given vision to Umtata Christian Church which is now known as RUCC Ministries, RUCC being an acronym from Rhema Umtata Christian Church. RUCC Ministries’ vision is to serve, impact and penetrate the community of Mthatha. Umtata Christian School is seen as the church in action.

God planted the seed to start a school in the hearts of Pastor Marius and Linda Gradwell during 1989, followed by several years of prayer and waiting on the Lord for guidance.
The first public meetings, promoting the vision of a Christian school were held during 1991. There was a positive response from the community and a green light was given to go ahead. The school was launched in January 1993.


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