By Chukwudi Ikpe
Two Pastors of the Living Faith Church (a.k.a Winners Chapel) as well as a Pastor from the Holiness Evangelical Mission have joined the Anglican Church as Church Teachers in the Anglican Diocese of Owerri.
They are Royal Ike and Emmanuel Anderson, formerly of the Winners Chapel and Pascal Osondu Sunday formerly of the Holiness Evangelical Mission.
Speaking to Christian Voice at the Bishop’s Court on Wednesday on the development, the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah disclosed that the trio, who have been officially appointed as Church Teachers, have also been posted to various church stations under senior priests, who will train and equally guide them in the ministry.
He described it as a very welcome development and called on all others who may have been misled in one way or the other in the past, to come back and join the Anglican Church, which he said, is for all.
“The Anglican Church is a universal Church, it is the hope of the world and it is an open church. As you join today you’re a stakeholder. It is not owned by any man and it is not a business church. Today I am the Bishop, tomorrow another person entirely will become the Bishop. My family members are not the treasurers and I cannot hand over to them”, Bishop Oparah explained.
He went on, “The Anglican Church is the light of the whole wide world. It is bible based and it follows the discipleship of Christ. Even in USA, England and other European countries, we’ve appointed suffragan Bishops to help those of them that are real believers, with the rise of homosexuality and lesbianism over there. We want to thank God for them”.
In a related development, the maiden church service of the New Generation Chapel holds today.
Bishop Oparah announced this during the healing and miracle service at St. Mark’s the Evangelist Chapel Bishop’s Court on Wednesday.
He said that the Chapel which has not been officially named will be cited within the secretariat of the Diocesan Council of Knights, close to the Bishop’s Court.
Bishop Oparah who explained that the establishment of the Chapel was in line with the Kingdom expansion vision of the Diocese, also pointed out that the aim is to catch the students, who stroll about on Sundays and guide them spiritually.
He thanked the Diocesan Knights Chaplain, Rev. Canon Onyinyeoma Onyeagocha, and appointed Evangelist Patrick Eze as Church Teacher in charge of the Chapel.