About Vertical Life


“But all the while, there was one thing we most needed even from the start, and certainly will need from here on out into the New Jerusalem: the ability to take our FREEDOM seriously and act on it, to live not in fear of mistakes but in the knowledge that no mistake can hold a candle to the love that draws us home…Grace – the imperative to hear the music, not just listen for errors – makes all infirmities occasions of glory.” Robert Farrar Capon

Vertical Life is an organization on a mission to announce the freedom of the Gospel without ignoring the African-ness of the people we are called to serve.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)

The Church does not talk about freedom that much. Rather, church people love to talk about how they can achieve freedom minus the gospel. This may be through associating with successful friends, quitting your job and starting a business, leaving on your own, etc. we love freedom, but we have not experienced it until we are encountered by a counter-intuitive God whose idea of freedom turns all our notions of freedom on their heads.

Can the Gospel set you free? How does it set you free? What are the implications of Gospel freedom? With the aid of the law and gospel hermeneutic, these and many questions are answered by our writers who live on two continents and four different countries. We currently do this through blog articles and an audio podcast. Other avenues will be added as resources allow us to.

At a broader level, we seek to equip the church, and church leaders with resources to enable them ravel in the grace and forgiveness that they already have in Jesus Christ.

Meet our Authors

A. M. R. Chapota

Alexander was born and raised in Malawi, where grew up in a Christian family and later joined the missionary school. He did not always know about God's grace, yet when he discovered that Good News, telling others became his greatest passion.

He is the founder of ONE WAY LOVE MISSION, a lover of books, Martin Luther and Reformation theology. Alexander writes from a place of Unqualified Grace! Adamantly resolved to sharing the Good News of God’s one-way love for sinners and sufferers. He currently lives in Lusaka, Zambia with his wife Leah and their six children.

Ellery Aguayo

Ellery Aguayo is the Senior Pastor of Life Center of Brandon, a small, nondenominational church in the Tampa Bay Area, Florida, USA. He is also a professional legal video documentary producer. He and his wife Loraine own LC’s Cafe & Supper Club in the same area

Festo Kivengere

Bishop Festo Kivengere (1919–1988) was a Ugandan Anglican-Christian leader sometimes referred to as "the Billy Graham of Africa". He played a huge role in a Christian revival in southwestern Uganda, but had to flee in 1973 to neighboring Kenya in fear for his life after speaking out against Idi Amin's tyrannical behavior.

Bishop Festo was one of the main speakers at an event called "Eurofest '75" held at the 1958 World Fair site in Brussels, Belgium. He spoke alongside Argentinian evangelist Luis Palau and Dr Billy Graham.

Jay Thomas

Jason Thomas thanks God for creating wine, coffee, jazz, and quality cinema. In 2010, God used Romans 5:18-19 to radically change his understanding of sanctification and the gospel, he hasn't been the same since. He lives in Wisconsin, USA with his beautiful wife and amazing three children.

Leslie Martin

The Rev. Dr. Leslie Martin is an Archdeacon in the Anglican Diocese of Pankshin (Church of Nigeria), where he serves in the role of Canon Theologian. He also is a Lecturer at Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo. He has many other titles and accomplishments that are really uninteresting to most people. A missionary educator from the United States, his interests include applying the Theology of the Cross to present-day culture, Liturgics, and how theology can enrich addiction recovery ministries. His most important title is husband to Kate, his beloved wife.

Martin Luther

Martin Luther (1483–1546) was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation who came to reject several teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He strongly disputed the Catholic view on indulgences. Luther proposed an academic discussion of the practice and efficacy of indulgences in his Ninety-five Theses of 1517. His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the Pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Holy Roman Emperor.

Luther taught that salvation and, consequently, eternal life are not earned by good deeds but are received only as the free gift of God's grace through the believer's faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin.


Nuwamanya Mategyero is a Ugandan Christian blogger, teacher, and thinker. He also formerly served as an Anglican youth minister. Mategyero's mission is to bring that liberating Gospel of Jesus Christ to Africa in a way that is conscious of the history, and aspirations of the African people as a writer, social critic, and theologian. He is currently a Master of Divinity student at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.