He was given the name Johanne Mubhabhatidzi Mupostori in 1932 July . He was educated as a Methodist.He was born in 1912 and at the age of 5years he began to receive the Holy Spirit(1917) He had brothers named Anorodi and Konoriyo. In 1932, when Marange was 20, he returned from journeys in the bush announcing a series of visions and encounters with Jesus Christ, calling him to be a Holy Spirit guided itinerant preacher and establish a new African church. In his visions he was also admonished that he should baptize people and observe the [Saturday] Sabbath (Sabata In Shona). He founded the largest independent church in Central Africa. The main gathering of the church occurred at Passover feast named PASKA at Marange's village, lasting for seventeen days, and ending with communion.
St John before his death made it known that ONLY his sons would become PRIESTS. After St John passed on in 1962, his SON Abel Momberume became the next PRIEST and his Junior Priest was (Mcabes-Makebo) After Abel passed on in 1992, Noah Taguta (Son of Anorodi) stole some garments at Abels funeral and started calling himself a PRIEST, thereby going against waht St John had mentioned that only HIS sons would become Priests. Clements later on became the next Priest after the passing of Abel. Clements's Junior priest was Egnatious (Enginas). Noah Taguta later on started his won church called ST NOAH APOSTOLIC CHURCH, and has a durawall built in BOCHA where his followers gather. He now calls himself (MUTUMWA NOAH). A lot of people are not aware that NOAH TAGUTA is not ST JOHN's son and that he is the Son of ANORODHI who was Brother to the late St John.
- Maranke, John 1912 to 1963. Apostolic Church of John Maranke Rhodesia (Zimbabwe).
- African social research: Issue 23 University of Zambia. Institute for Social Research, University of Zambia. Institute for African Studies - 1977 "A comparative account of the Marange Vapostori. Muchabaya Momberume was the son of a Mozambican migrant who married into the chiefly Marange family. As a child he attended Methodist schools, but soon became ill.
- Journal canadien des études africaines: Volumes 13-14; Volumes 13-14 Canadian Association of African Studies, Committee on African Studies in Canada, Canadian Association of African Studies - 1979 - "The Apostolic Church was founded in 1932 by Muchabaya Momberume, the son of a Mozambican immigrant who married into a chiefly Marange family. From his youth, Muchabaya experienced extraordinary visions and mystical visitations.
- The Encyclopedia of religion: Volume 9 Mircea Eliade, Charles J. Adams - 1987 Nancy E. Auer Falk MARANKE, JOHN (1912-1963), African religious prophet and founder of the Apostolic Church of John Maranke. John (or Johane) Maranke was born Muchabaya Ngomberume in 1912. His birthplace is believed to be near Bondwe ...
- Symbols of change, urban transition in a Zambian community Bennetta Jules-Rosette - 1981 "In
1917,John Marange, born Muchabaya Momberume of chief Marange 's district, was said to have disappeared into the hills near Umtali. Many believed him dead. Six months later, he reemerged with the visionary inspiration to found a ..."
- African apostles: ritual and conversion in the Church of John Marange Bennetta Jules-Rosette - 1975 "The Early History The early years of Muchabaya Momberume (John Maranke) and his visionary experiences have been written as revelations to the Apostles (Maranke 1953; Daneel 1971:329). These revelations constitute a historical ..."
- The New religions of Africa Bennetta Jules-Rosette - 1979 "These illnesses culminated in a ceremonial period of death, during which Muchabaya lived alone in the wilderness. When he reemerged, he was baptized by a relative and assumed the name of "John the Baptist" Marange.
- The African voice in Southern Rhodesia, 1898-1930 Terence O. Ranger - 1970 The great figure of Manyika independency was Muchabaya Ngomberume of the Marange Reserve, who took the name Johanne after his call to found his own church. Muchabaya was baptized as a Methodist and learnt to read and write in a ..."
- Dr. Bertram Melbourne, "Acts 1:8 and the Gospel in Africa" in 2000 Years of Christianity in Africa, edited by Dr. Emory Tolbert, published by The Sabbath in Africa Study Group, page 26.