New Prelate Installed

New Prelate Installed

PCN News Bulletin, Vol. 70.                   5th Dec., 2016


Most Rev. Eke Installed

as Prelate & Moderator of the

General Assembly



The Prelate & Moderator of the General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, His Eminence, Most Rev. Nzie Nsi Eke has been installed into office at a service which definitely, has gone down as a day of reckoning in the annals of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria.  The day was Sunday, 4th December, 2016 and the venue was the Presbyterian Church, Duke Town Cathedral, Calabar.


The preacher of the sermon on the eventful day, Emeritus Prelate, Most Rev. Dr. U. B. Usung captured the spiritual significance of the service very succinctly when he said that it was God’s purpose that Most Rev. Eke would be elected Prelate in 2016, at a time when God needed a man like him to steer the Church out of the myriad of challenges the Church was facing – challenges of healing and reconciliation needed to get the Church back on the track of progress and growth.  It was for this reason that God gave Dr. Usung the message entitled: “My Presence Will Go With You,” drawn from Exodus 33: 14.


The Munene of the Efut Kingdom, HRM Prof Itam Hogan Itam who was in attendance with his wife and Cabinet members, said that for him, the lesson of the day was that “whatever God has planned for a person will come to pass at the right time.”


Three Emeritus Prelates were there and they officiated the installation service.  Most Rev. Prof. E. M. Uka, the immediate past Prelate installed the new Prelate.  Most Rev. Dr. Usung preached the sermon and Most Rev. Dr. Udoh Ekpenyong  gave the charge.  The Deputy Governor of Cross River State, Elder Prof. Ivara Esu ( a Presbyterian faithful) was in attendance and so were the Obong of Calabar, His Royal Eminence, Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Otu V (KSM) and his Cabinet Chiefs. Of course the other Principal Officers of the Church were there – the Principal Clerk, Rev. E. D. William; the Deputy Clerk, Rev. Solomon Okoro and the G. A. Accountant, Elder Edet E. Effiong and so were the Moderators of the Church’s ten Synods; Members of the Board of Trustees; the new President of the Christian Council of Nigeria and former Principal Clerk of the Presbyterian Church, Rev. Dr. B. F. Fubara-Manuel and other ecumenical and sister church leaders.


The Most Rev. N. N. Eke was unanimously elected as the Prelate & Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church at the 22nd General Assembly meeting held in August, 2016 at the Lagos Presbyterian Church, Yaba, Lagos.


Born on September 25, 1952, Most  Rev. Nzie  Eke was licensed at Hope Waddell Chapel, Calabar, on July 1982 and was ordained at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Uwani, Enugu in July 1983.


He attended Trinity (Union) Theological College, Umuahia; the Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN), Bukuru, Jos and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He holds the Bachelor’s degree in Divinity; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology (Minnesota, USA), a Post-Graduate Certificate in Crisis Management (Minnesota, USA) and a Master of Arts degree in Religion.


As a Minister of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Most Rev. Eke has held many key  positions including the offices of Deputy Clerk of the General Assembly; Moderator, East Central Synod of the PCN; Moderator, West Synod; Secretary, Board of Trustees of the Church; Vice Chairman, Christian Council of Nigeria, Lagos State and Secretary, Christian Council of Nigeria, Eastern Area. Others include Clerk, East Synod; Clerk of the then Lagos Presbytery with Synodical Powers; Moderator, Afikpo/Unwana Presbytery; Chaplain, Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic, Unwana and Clinical Chaplain, Abbot North Western Hospital, Minnesota, USA.  He has also served in many parishes including Enugu, Ikeja, Abiriba Urban, Unwana, Abakaliki Urban, Apapa, Enuegu and Afikpo.


Most Rev. Eke is happily married to Elder Mrs. Chinyere N. Eke and the marriage is greatly blessed.