Friday, April 5
For several decades, the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN) educated its pastors and lay leaders in partnership with the Anglican and Methodist churches of Nigeria. But a few years ago, when one of those partners backed out, the PCN stepped out and established theological training centers of its own. Although the task has not been easy, the church is proud of how far it has come.
Two seminaries have been developed by the church, Hugh Goldie Lay and Theological Training Institute in Arochukwu, on the grounds of a former Church of Scotland mission station, and Essien Ukpabio Presbyterian Theological College in Itu, located at a former leper colony and hospital. Both are affiliated with local Nigerian universities, and both offer bachelor’s and master’s degree courses for prospective church leaders.
Both Hugh Goldie Institute and Essien Ukpabio College want to build a larger collection of theological books. In addition, there is an urgent need for infrastructure—classrooms, dormitories, and other facilities—to house the influx of students. The enrollment of the two seminaries is now approaching 500 students and continues to grow!
Rev. Dr. Miracle Ajah has been the rector of Hugh Goldie since 2010. As he looks ahead to the new school year, he speaks words of hope: “Through God’s grace, we shall do more in this new session. At the end of it, we shall look back with joy and fulfillment concerning the works of the Lord.”
—Rev. Josh Heikkila, PC(USA) regional liaison for West Africa
Let us join in prayer for:
Presbyterian Church of Nigeria: Rev. Professor Emele Mba Uka, moderator, Rev. Ndukwe Nwachukwa Eme, principal clerk • Christian Council of Nigeria
Let us pray
We pray for the PCN, and for Hugh Goldie Institute and Essien Ukpabio Theological College. May the church gather its limited resources and multiply them, so that educational centers are built, church leaders lifted up, and disciples of Jesus Christ nurtured. Amen.