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Presbyterian Church of Nigeria

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The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria is a church in Nigeria and subscribes to the Westminster Confession of Faith.

The denomination had ten synods, more than 50–90 presbyteries and over 7,000 congregations, and almost 5,000 ministers and 6,806 690 members across the country but as of August 2023, GAEC approved the inauguration of more synods for the spread of God's word. Increasing the number of synods from 10 to 29 synods.[1][2]


The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria was founded by United Presbyterian Church of Scotland missionaries led by the Rev. Hope Masterson Waddell on the invitation of King Eyo Honesty II and King Eyamba V. The missionaries arrived in Calabar and founded the first Presbyterian church at Creek Town on 10 April 1846. From Calabar the church begun to grow. In 1858 the Presbytery of Biafra was formed. The Synod of Biafra formed in 1921. The church developed rapidly, when the Presbyterian Church of Biafra was established, with the Synod as the highest court. The church became independent. The Presbyterian Church of Biafra became the Presbyterian Church in East Nigeria in 1952. On 16 June 1960, the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria was born. In 1987, the General Assembly was constituted with two synods.[1]

The Presbyterian Church in Nigeria began to establish a university in 1993, which was later named Hope Waddell University. Though the operational license has been secured, the university located in Okigwe Ohafia in Abia State is yet to take off. Its motto is "Excellence, Integrity, and Service". The church also runs two-degree awarding theological institutions, the Hugh Goldie Lay Theological Training Institution Arochukwu in Abia State (an affiliate of Abia State University, Uturu) founded in 1918, and the Essien Ukpabio Presbyterian Theological College, Itu Akwa Ibom State founded in 1994 (an affiliate of the University of Calabar).[3]

The church secretariat is in Ogbor Hill in Abia State in Southeast Nigeria. While the treasury and prelate's office is in Hope Waddell Training Institution Calabar Cross River State in Southern Nigeria[4] Website of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria

Principal officers[edit]

  • His Eminence, Ekpenyong N. Akpanika PhD (Prelate and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria)
  • Rev. Miracle Ajah PhD (Principal Clerk)
  • Rev. Aniefiok Victor Ekop (Deputy Clerk)
  • Eld. Edet Effiong (Accountant)

Structure and missions[edit]

The church has outreaches across the entire country. It has a mission presbytery in the Republics of Benin and Togo. The church structure are the session, presbytery, synod and general assembly. The parishes have one to nine congregations, depending on the size.[2] The congregations are ruled by elders. Several churches belong to a regional presbytery. Presbyteries belong to a bigger body – the synod. The General Assembly is the supreme court of the church. It is the result of a Scottish mission.[5] It cooperates with the Church of Scotland.[2] Old synods are 10 in number:

  • Synod of Akwa
  • Synod of Calabar
  • Synod of The East
  • Synod of East Central
  • Synod of Mid East
  • Synod of Niger Delta
  • Synod of the North
  • Synod of South Central
  • Synod of Upper Cross River
  • Synod of The West

29 new synods of PCN[edit]

  • Abuja Synod
  • Abasi Ibom Synod
  • Akwa Synod
  • Northern Calabar Synod
  • Calabar Synod
  • Arochukwu Synod
  • Ohafia Synod
  • East Synod
  • Abakaliki Synod
  • Enugu Synod
  • Anambra Mission Synod
  • Niger Delta Synod
  • Edo Delta Mission Synod
  • North-West Mission Synod
  • Abuja Synod
  • Benue Mission Synod
  • Plateau Mission Synod
  • North-East Mission Synod
  • Francophone Mission Synod at Cotonou
  • Lagos Synod
  • Eko Synod
  • Ibadan Mission Synod
  • Aba Synod
  • Umuahia Synod
  • Imo Mission Synod
  • Upper Cross River South Synod
  • Upper Cross River Central Synod
  • Ogoja Synod
  • Afikpo Synod
  • Ohaozara Synod


Interchurch organisations[edit]

It is a member of the World Council of Churches, the All Africa Conference of Churches, the Christian Council of Nigeria, the World Communion of Reformed Churches, the ARCA and the Reformed Ecumenical Council and the Reformed Ecumenial Council of Nigeria as of 2006.[2] It was founded in the 19th century. It has female ministers for decades.[2] The secretariat is in Aba, Nigeria, while the office of the prelate and moderator of the General Assembly is in Calabar.[7] The current prelate and moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria is Ekpenyong Nyong Akpanika.

DIPA officers[edit]

These are the Department of Information and Public Affairs Officers of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria

  • Rt. Rev. Nnoke Ibe, PhD (Director of Information and Public Affairs of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria)
  • Rev Chijioke Agbaeze
  • Rev. Daniel Ikenga Eke (ICT)
  • Mr. Mandor Benbella Peter (Media)


  1. ^ a b "The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria". Archived from the original on 2017-01-19. Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Presbyterian Church of Nigeria". Oikoumene.org. January 1961.
  3. ^ "The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  4. ^ "域名停靠". Presbyterianchurchng.com. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  5. ^ "Google". Google.com. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Address data base of Reformed churches and institutions". Reformiert-online.net.
  7. ^ "WARC – Information about". Archived from the original on 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2010-04-24.

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