PCN News Bulletin, Vol.
Rev. Eke Installed
Prelate & Moderator of the
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,
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
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.
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.
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.