The commencement ceremony this year will be held on June 13, 2015 at Arcadia Presbyterian Church at 7 o’clock in the evening. Graduates in the Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Divinity, Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry will receive their diplomas and shall be commissioned to their particular ministries. The guest speaker is Bishop Ben Kwashi, the Archbishop of Jos Province in the Church of Nigeria.
Archbishop Kwashi was ordained in 1982 and ten years later became Bishop of Jos. In January 2008 he was presented as the Archbishop of Jos Province in the Church of Nigeria. His pastoral experience is wide and varied: he has worked in rural and urban churches, as a Polytechnic Chaplain, and at a Theological College. In 1987 his church and vicarage were totally burnt down in Christian-Muslim riots.
He has held many national and international posts and is currently the International Chairman of SOMA (Sharing of Ministries Abroad). In 2003 he was conferred with the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). He and his wife Gloria have six children.
Archbishop Ben has survived three attempts on his life. He can speak first hand of God’s grace and power, experienced in the most difficult of situations.
The province of Jos covers North Eastern Nigeria which has had several outbreaks of religious violence when Christians have been targeted by Islamist militants. The Archbishop has been outspoken and openly critical of the press and the authorities whenever he has witnessed lies and injustice. [more]