In December 2016 Daniel Zagami, a missionary from New York, discussed the idea of creating a fellowship that would exist to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the Swahili-speaking refugees in their community of Clarkston, GA.
In February 2017 Daniel and several Swahili-speaking community members had a Bible study under GO! Training Initiatives and fellowship in a classroom of the Clarkston International Bible Church. That group grew to about 30 people and moved into the Gym.
Through community engagement and apartment visits, the group grew and began to meet in the chapel of CIBC. They had their first baptism in December 2017. In addition to the evangelical worship service, guests from the community are invited to share about their agency or service project. The vision of the church is to reach out to the Swahili-speaking community with the message of Jesus Christ both locally and internationally.
On March 7, 2021 the Swahili Evangelical Refugee Fellowship officially appointed Roger Waboi as its first pastor.
The Swahili Evangelical Refugee Fellowship was incorporated as a church by the state of Georgia in February 2018. SERFA Certificate of Incorporation