Rev. N N Eke as New Moderator
The Sovereign Lord says: The lowly will be
exalted ... It will not be restored until he comes
to whom it rightfully belongs, to him I will give it (Ezekiel 26 & 27 NIV).
For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be
(Prov. 23: 18 KJV).
For the vision is yet for an appointed
time, but at the end, it shall speak, and not lie; though it tarry, wait for
it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry (Hab 2: 3 KJV).
22nd General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria has unanimously elected The Rev. Nzie Nsi Eke as
the new Moderator of the General Assembly, to succeed Most Rev. Prof.
Emele Mba Uka whose tenure as the
Prelate & Moderator of the General Assembly expired at the General Assembly
meeting. The election was held on Monday, 15th August, 2016, and Rev. N. N. Eke
was consequently sworn in accordingly.
Rev. Eke was presented to the
General Assembly by the Clerk of Mid East Synod, Rev. Ogbonnaya Ejie as the
sole candidate of Mid East. Synod whose right it was to nominate a
candidate. The nomination/presentation
was seconded by Rev. Michael Eze, the Moderator of Mid East Synod. The
election, moderated by Prelate Emeritus, Most Rev. Dr. U. B. Usung, saw Rev.
Eke scoring 485 votes in his favour, 2 against and 3 abstentions.
The thunderous ovation that greeted
both his presentation as a candidate and his election is better witnessed than
described. It was overwhelming. But the
truth of the matter is that the applause was a reflection of the spiritual
significance of his election. The book of Ezekiel says that God will give the
crown to whom it rightfully belongs (Ez 26 & 27). The vision tarried, but it did surely come.
To God be the glory.
Declaring his dream for the
Church after the election exercise, the new Moderator said “my dream is to lead
a Christ-centred, Bible-based and Prayerful
Church, not a political party. I am called to lead a Church that
acknowledges the sovereignty of God. The administration would partner with the
ruling Elders in the spirit of team ministry. The role of ruling elders in the
administration of the Church must be maintained. The minister cannot do it
alone. In line with our polity, ruling Elders would be given their nrightful
position in running the Church.
“The Church is coming out from an internal crisis, a horrible
tribulation, too emotional to discuss.
The crisis has lasted for six years (2010 - 2016). The crisis has come and gone, leaving behind
lessons for us to learn. Let us jointly
pursue healing and put judgmental spirit aside. My primary challenge is to
initiate a healing process that would extend beyond the PCN and the Reformed
Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (the full text of the
message will be published in a subsequent bulletin).
G. A. RESERVED DATES FOR AUGUST 2016
August 5 Lay Development and Leadership
August 7 Reserved for Presbyteries/Synods
12- 19 General Assembly
August 21 GA Projects Sensitization- Hope
August 28 Youth Emphasis Sunday
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