Why Choose Ekklesia?

Ekklesia is highly recommended for anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of God's Word, and gain practical, hands on relevant knowledge in various aspects of Christian endeavour including service, leadership, music, and business. It is also for those who want to fulfil their God given call to fulltime ministry especially those who sense a call to the pastoral office. In order to help you make up your mind why you should attend Ekklesia, hear what some graduates have to say:

Pastor Tayo Spence
Pastor Tayo Spence

I am most fortunate to have been a student of Ekklesia: School of Local Church. To say my life can never be the same is an understatement. Ekklesia gave me a complete paradigm shift in my values and priorities as a Christian. In Ekklesia, I realised that the most important thing in life is fulfilling the purpose of God for my life and maximizing my covenant benefits here on earth.

Unlike my imagination about a Bible school, I was surprised and excited about our academic work. Every day was full of new revelations and life changing teachings. My instructors were anointed and dynamic. I was most privileged to learn under Pastor Charles and Pastor Nkechi, my fathers and mentors in the Lord. One of the things Ekklesia taught me is complete and unreserved integrity in all I do. I also learnt that the call to ministry is a noble call and I was taught how to magnify my office as a minister, and rightly divide the Word of truth through in-depth study of God's Word. I also learnt that in order to achieve excellence, I must have a zero tolerance for mediocrity.

Our instructors were disciplined, and discipline was the rule of thumb for every student. Our academic/spiritual work was very demanding, but if you ever felt weary and overwhelmed by the work load, a second look at our relentless and tireless instructors who have heavier work schedules will cause your seeming work load to pale into insignificance. Our instructors were simply amazing and stood as our role models for service to God.

Pastor Tayo Spence
Assistant Pastor
The Carpenter's Church
Port Harcourt
Clergy Student
Class of 2012/2013
Pastor Chuks Okafor
Pastor Chuks Okafor

After several years of living in the consciousness of my call, I was finally separated in September 2012, for a one-year intensive training into the pastoral ministry at the prestigious Ekklesia: School of Local Church. Never have I in all my years as a believer been so impacted within a very short time. Every lecture was an impartation service where sound men of God poured liberally from their spirits into ours.

Our instructors invested in us with a sense of responsibility as if each lecture was their last. This level of diligence and sacrifice from our instructors served as an anchor for me at times when distractions wanted to rear up their heads. The standard of excellence in Ekklesia is top notch and order was on display in every facet and activity of the School. There was a zero tolerance for late-coming and late submission of assignments. In the course of Ekklesia, I got a completely new definition of integrity and have since adjusted to meet this new standard. At Ekklesia I was trained to be a good student of the Word and an excellent teacher of the Word with power and conviction. I was taught to pay attention to details, and I was given an eagle's view of global impact in these last days.

I am ever so grateful for this life changing encounter. I have been coded not only to succeed in ministry, but I have also been programmed to last, preaching the undiluted gospel in integrity. Ekklesia School is a boot camp for anyone ready for full-time ministry.

Pastor Chuks Okafor
Assistant Pastor
The Carpenter's Church
Port Harcourt
Clergy Student
Class of 2012/2013
Helen Nwuzi
Helen Nwuzi

I am a self-motivated, enthusiastic Christian woman. I am an entrepreneur and operated an SME for years before co-founding Haddocks Marine Services Ltd., with my husband Chima Nwuzi. We have two lovely daughters: Chikanka and Chimdindu.

Ekklesia Business course opened my eyes to the exact way Christians should conduct their businesses. Business ethics was the peak for me. I learnt that possessing ethical value is an outward sign of an unshakable faith in God.

The personal testimony of our instructor Engr. Emeka Ene is a great faith booster. Now I'm confident of God's favour on every effort I make. Ekklesia School is just awesome. For instance, Christian Character and Servanthood teaches on love and humility, while Little Beginnings encourages you to keep at what you're doing no matter the challenges that seem to suggest you aren't making progress. Today, I'm well furnished with necessary tools to stand out and be successful in my endeavours.

Helen Nwuzi
Business Student
Class of 2014/2015
Precious Nwaobia
Precious Nwaobia

Having a communications background and work experience in the non- profits and real estate, the Ekklesia certificate in business was a wise choice.

One thing that sets Ekklesia apart from other schools is its emphasis on values, and its ability to bridge the gap between the sacred and secular divide. We were taught the traditional foundation needed for starting up and managing a company well and the importance of blending in creativity and innovation in order to remain relevant in the future, and all these were rooted in godly principles. The culture at Ekklesia is one that highly regards excellence both personally and professionally. The teamwork at Ekklesia gave me the opportunity to form great relationships with instructors and course mates who still provide valuable support.

Precious Nwaobia
Business Student
Class of 2014/2015
Felicia Samuel
Felicia Samuel

I work full time, I'm a wife and mother, so getting into Ekklesia was a sacrifice, however it was worth it all.

I started Ekklesia with a lot of anticipation and I was not disappointed. The course content was rich beyond what I expected; they were fully researched. I had to prepare for each class, knowing that my teachers were also coming well prepared, having put in time and effort to bring a rich content. I remember being asked by my husband if I had assessment every school day, because I endeavored to come to class prepared to meet the prepared teacher. One of the things that was reinforced for me in Ekklesia is that as a professional in whatever field, you are first and foremost a Christian, and your profession should and would be enhanced by living out Christian principles such as exemplary character, charisma, service, faithfulness etc. You have to lead yourself successfully before leading others.

Felicia Samuel
Leadership Student
Class of 2014/2015
Augustine Gideon Ubong
Augustine Gideon Ubong

The steps of the righteous are ordered by the Lord and indeed they are. My coming to Ekklesia transformed my life and gave me direction for my God given purpose.

I came into Ekklesia at a point in my life where I had so many questions because I wasn't at peace with the teachings I used to receive then.

The knowledge of God's Word I had received formerly was challenged and I would leave each class dazed at the depth of God's Word taught. Some of our classes had great times of prophecy by Pastor Nkechi Ene and Pastor Sola Akinwale. On two occasions those prophecies were directed to me and really positioned me in my decisions.

Our Music instructor, Mrs. Namsey Okung, was amazing, learning under her was fun and interesting, and I was always looking forward to the next class.

I finished my Ekklesia year equipped with great knowledge of my music ministry and I thank God for leading me to Ekklesia.

Augustine Gideon Ubong
Music Student
Class of 2014/2015
Mobolaji Olawoye
Mobolaji Olawoye

My experience at Ekklesia stands out as the major high point in my life during the period. I thank God for the opportunity; I cannot estimate the extent of transformation in my thinking and in all areas of my life.

The instructors give their best as they impart into us with passion and dedication, the lessons are so rich and in-depth, sometimes interjected with heart-felt prayers and prophetic declarations.

Accuracy, the right balance of concepts, original information, in-depth exposition, practicality, dedication to God's purpose and intent - these are attributes that characterize each lesson and you leave each class with eagerness to keep learning, apply and to practice, not only do you know, but you know you can do because of His grace.

The systematic approach, rigour and discipline have added much to the development of my mentality and my personal skills. These I have applied to my professional life, family and work in the local church.

I am grateful to God for this ministry arm of the local church. I have not only been well taught but also fired up to keep on learning, keep on hearing and to keep on experiencing His fullness in every area on my life.

Mobolaji Olawoye
Leadership Student
Class of 2015/2016
Uloma Chinke
Uloma Chinke

I applied to Ekklesia: School of Local Church after the deadline, but God brought it together and made it possible for me. Learning in class was different from regular academic exercise. Our instructors were not just limited to a lesson-plan but were open to the move of God. They were passionate about what they taught. They are men and women of practical faith who inspired us by their lifestyle.

I attended each class with great expectation. Our Evangelism class taught me to recognize and take advantage of opportunities to share my faith in simple but effective ways. Christian Character was the bomb! I understood whose image I was. I desired more to live a life of integrity. I learnt to pray right with fewer struggles and guaranteed answers. Grace and Faith course was the icing on the cake! I applied the lessons I learnt in my secular life. I took baby steps at improving one aspect of my life after another and gradually became a better person.

Ekklesia wasn't just a teaching school but a training school where I learnt to apply God's Word. Ekklesia is a family oriented school where you feel you are part of something bigger than yourself. God has used my time in Ekklesia to prepare me for amazing and greater times ahead.

Uloma Chinke
Leadership Student
Class of 2015/2016
Josephine Enekole Aitafo
Josephine Enekole Aitafo

At Ekklesia, the learning list is endless and the process entirely as it cuts across the spirit, soul and the body. What is even more thrilling is the opportunity to learn at the 'feet' of men and women of God who have proven their ministries in integrity, simplicity and sincerity over the years with visible excellence, and of whose grace and giftings, I am a living testimony.

Ekklesia was very intensive, demanding and required a lot of self-drive and self-motivation, but was certainly very fulfilling in every way. Probably, the most humbling of the experiences is the joy of knowing that this is what Jesus would have me do, and the peace that comes from knowing that I am where He would rather I be, serving Him. Beyond all else that there is abundant grace to do everything He has called me to do and so much more.

Josephine Enekole Aitafo
Business Student
Class of 2015/2016
Stephenson Ogbobula
Stephenson Ogbobula

I am married and blessed with three wonderful kids. I hold a bachelor's degree in Geology and a postgraduate diploma in Petroleum Engineering. I have also developed a career in oilfield formation evaluation (Coring Services) as a field engineer, consultant, and entrepreneur.

My time at Ekklesia has been a period of enrichment, impartation, and transformation. I now have the desire of manifesting the virtues of character, confidence, commitment, courage and charisma in every area of my life.

The Dynamics of Business course which was my major was a novel experience, as we were not only exposed to the core aspects of business, but also gained some practical tips from our instructor, Engr. Emeka Ene, an experienced and iconic figure in the oil industry.

I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to the faculty of the school for their simplicity, excellence and commitment throughout the school year.

Stephenson Ogbobula
Business Student
Class of 2017/2018
Augusta Eneh
Augusta Eneh

I am a professor of paediatrics and consultant neonatologist. I am married and blessed with six children.

My experience at Ekklesia was wonderful and pleasant. It was a sacrifice because of my very busy schedule, but God's grace made it possible. My expectation was not only met, it was exceeded. All the lecturers delivered their lectures with passion and were open to the move of God. Christian Character and Prayer Basics courses transformed my life. I now read Scripture with better understanding. Little Beginnings encouraged me to keep at what I am doing no matter the challenges.

Dynamics of Business was not just lectures, but also practical from our instructor, Engr. Emeka Ene's wealth of experience. We were actually mentored. I have started applying some of the things I learnt, and they are yielding good results. I learnt that it is still possible to do business in our environment with integrity without compromise and that one should always declare what they believe in.

Augusta Eneh
Business Student
Class of 2017/2018
Precious Chris
Precious Chris

I am a wife and a microbiologist.
My experience in Ekklesia has been a life changing one, which taught me a lot of things. Being conscious of my leadership potentials and needs, I realized the necessity to sharpen and broaden my leadership skills, and Ekklesia was and is the best place for that.

I found out about Ekklesia from my brother who is a member in TCC, and after I enrolled in the school, I have had no regrets. My character as a Christian has been strengthened. I am more aware of how to be a leader. Generally, the expectations I had for Ekklesia were exceeded. I am already putting my acquired knowledge to work in every aspect of my life.

I want to thank all my instructors for their impartation, their time and walking this journey with me; I can never take it for granted. I am sincerely grateful.

Precious Chris
Leadership Student
Class of 2017/2018
Comfort Osaka
Comfort Osaka

Becoming a student at Ekklesia is one of the most exciting experiences I've ever had. I believe it was part of God's plan for me. It gave me the opportunity to be mentored and tutored by great men of God who would intermittently prophesy into our lives in the course of the lectures. I thought I knew the Word of God before now, especially considering my background as a pastor's daughter; but alas, at Ekklesia I found out that there is more in the Word.

My main purpose for enrolling in the leadership course was based on my desire to know more about Christian leadership, and my expectations were not cut short. In fact, my chosen course of study was more than I thought: it was so vast and in-depth. Attending lectures, doing assignments late into the night, preparing for and writing assessments combined to forge an unforgettable experience in my life, for which I am grateful.

Comfort Osaka
Leadership Student
Class of 2017/2018