The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria
|The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria|
Logo of the LCCN
|Leader||The Most Rev Nemuel A Babba|
|Branched from||Sudan United Mission - Danish Branch|
The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN) is a major Lutheran denomination in Nigeria, a member of the Lutheran World Federation. Established as an independent church from the Sudan United Mission - Danish Branch (known as Mission Afrika today) in 1913 (SUMD), the LCCN now has 1,900,000 members in over 2,400 congregations nationwide. Members of the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria are among the Christians and members of other religious groups being actively persecuted by Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist organization.
The SUMD first sent missionaries to Africa in 1913 with the pioneers being Niels Brønnum, his wife Margaret C. Young, and Dagmar Rose. Brønnum's wife died shortly after arriving and Rose brought back the Brønnum's infant son to Europe. Brønnum continued his work and established a mission in Numan.
The mission eventually expanded and in 1948, the first five indigenous Nigerian pastors were ordained. By 1955, it was known as the Lutheran Church of Christ in the Sudan and in 1956 became independent as the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria with Pilgaard Pedersen as its first President (Hausa: Ekkilisiyan Kristi a Nijeriya Lutheran). In 1960, Akila Todi was elected the first indigenous Nigerian president of the Church. He was made bishop in 1973 when the church adopted a modified episcopal polity.
The LCCN is led by an archbishop and is further divided into eight dioceses, each led by a bishop, together with a mission in Taraba State. The seat of the LCCN is in Numan. The current archbishop is The Most Rev. Nemuel A. Babba.
Dioceses of the LCCN
- Abuja Diocese
- Bishop: Rt Rev Benjamin Fuduta
- Congregations in the city of Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Gombe State, Plateau State, Bauchi State, Niger State, Oyo State, Lagos State and Edo State
- Arewa Diocese
- Bishop: Rt Rev Amos B. Elisha
- Congregations in northern Adamawa State
- Bonotem Diocese
- Bishop: Rt Rev Jediel Nyenbenso
- Congregations in southern Adamawa State
- Gongola Diocese
- Bishop: Rt Rev Dr Peter Bartimawus
- Congregations in northwestern Adamawa State
- Mayo-Belwa Diocese
- Bishop: Rt Rev Dr. Musa Panti Filibus
- Congregations in southern Adamawa State
- ShallHolma Diocese
- Bishop: Rt Rev Dimga Jones Kadabiyu
- Congregations in northeastern Adamawa State
- Todi Diocese
- Bishop: Rt Rev Clement Dogo
- Congregations in north-central Adamawa State
- Yola Diocese
- Bishop: Rt Rev Amos Yakubu
- Congregations in central Adamawa State
Presidents and archbishops of the LCCN
When the LCCN was established in 1956, the title of the head of the Church was President. The title was changed to Bishop in 1973 and with the establishment of diocesan bishops within the LCCN, to Archbishop in 1997.
- Rev Pilgaard Pedersen
- Rev Akila Todi
- Title changed to Bishop in 1973
- Rev David Windibiziri
- Title changed to Archbishop in 1997
- Rev Nemuel A. Babba
The LCCN participates actively in ecumenical work through its affiliation with:
- Lutheran World Federation
- Lutheran Communion in Western Africa
- Christian Association of Nigeria
- Christian Council of Nigeria
- Fellowship of Churches of Christ in Nigeria
- Joint Christian Ministry in West Africa
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Minneapolis Synod
- Global Health Ministries
- Mission Afrika
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