Ordination service took place at ECWA Goodnews Church in Chicago, IL on September 28, 2019 to authorize Rev. Zachs-Toro Gaiya, Rev. Caleb Afulike, Rev. John David, Rev. Dr. Victor Ezigbo and Rev. Boman Bognet to perform church rites such as baptism, Holy Communion, confirmation, marriage (matrimony), Holy orders, and anointing of the sick. They joined other ECWA ordained ministers in the United States and around the world who have dedicated their lives to worshiping Jesus and serving people in their communities. Rev. Henry Bello, ECWA USA District Church Council (DCC) Secretary was the service leader at the ceremony. Several other ECWA ministers from across the United States were present at the ordination service.
Introduction of the New ECWA Ministers
Rev. Zachs-Toro Gaiya
Pastor Zachs-Toro Gaiya accepted the Lord Jesus Christ and became a follower of Christ in August of 1982 and was baptized August 1984 by ECWA. Rev. Gaiya attended Jos ECWA Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton (USA) and currently completing his PhD degree at Trinity International University, Bannockburn, IL. His pastoral ministry with ECWA began January 27, 2002. He was licensed November 14, 2004 and served in three ECWA churches before coming over to the United States of America
Rev. Caleb Afulike
Pastor Caleb Chukwudi Afulike received Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior in 1981 when he was about 7 years old through the ministry of his parents: late Elder Peter and Mrs. Eliz-abeth Afulike. He was baptized in ECWA Church Farm Settlement on July 14, 1996. Rev. Afulike began his pastoral ministry under ECWA Kaduna Central District Church Council in January 2002 and was licensed November 14, 2004. He served in three churches before coming over to the United States of America in 2010 and completing his PhD degree at the Trinity International University.
Rev. John David
Pastor John David accepted Christ as his Savior and Lord in 1992 and was baptized in 1996 at his home church, ECWA Gospel Church, Ungwan Yelwa, Kaduna. Rev. David was called to ministry in 1998 and completed both his under-graduate and master’s theological degrees at Jos ECWA Theological Seminary in 2010. John is currently working on his PhD degree at the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS). Rev. David has great passion for the church and the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
Rev. Dr. Victor Ezigbo
Dr. Victor Ifeanyi Ezigbo received Jesus Christ as His Savior and Lord in 1988 and was baptized by ECWA in 1992. He attended ECWA Theological College Aba, ECWA Theological Seminary Igbaja, Wheaton College (USA) and then University of Edinburgh, Scotland (UK) where he obtained his Ph.D. in theology. Victor moved to Minnesota in 2008 and now serves as Professor of Systematic and Contextual Theology at Bethel University (St. Paul, Minnesota). As a son a of an ordained ECWA minister, Rev. Islo Ezigbo, Dr. Victor Ezigbo grew up knowing that God’s call ought to guide how one lives and serves in the world.
Rev. Boman Bognet
Mr. Boman Bognet trusted Christ in December 1993 and was baptized in 1994 at ECWA Church, Kagoro. Boman attended Government College, Kagoro and then Moody Bible Institute where he completed his undergraduate degree in Communications and Biblical Studies and master’s degree in Ministry Leadership. He served as an ECWA Youth leader in Kagoro District Church Council before relocating to Israel and then to the United States of America. He serves as the Church Secretary and Christian Education Director at ECWA Chicago. Currently he is a Resident Chaplain at Amita Health, Elk Grove. He previously worked as a Chaplain at RUSH University Medical Center.
Oh God, Be Glorified (ECWA Anthem)
Love for the dying and the perishing
A call to save the lost we heed
Through the raging storms and all uncertainties
Our lives we freely give
And through ECWA
Your Name be glorified
Oh God be glorified
The Bible our authority, Mission our identity
Touching lives with what we preach
In life and speech,
faithful we shall be Drawing hearts of men to Christ
Help the poor and homeless, clothe the weak and cold
Giving all we have for Christ
Our strength and substance we will not spare
We shall draw all men to Christ
The vision of our fathers will not die in our hands
Like a candle in the dark we shine
Breaking every stronghold till the end of time
Till our Lord and King we meet
ECWA USA Ordination Council Members
ECWA USA District Church Council Leaders