Contrary to what is available online (especially Wikipedia), ACNN has obtained the full profile of The Most Rev’d Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba, the primate elect of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion.
He was born on the 18th July 1961, to Mr. and Mrs. Silas O. Ndukuba of Ogberuru in orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
He attended Bishop shanahan college, orluband had his WASC in 1978. While in secondary school he gave his life to Christ as a teenager in 1977 and this meant a very new beginning for him. He worked in Kano state library, ministry of education 1979-1980. He received the call into the ministry of the gospel in Kano and was subsequently sent to the Theological college of northern Nigeria (TCNN) Bukuru 1980 – 1984 and obtained B.D Degree in 1984. He did his NYSC in Kano State 1984-1985. He was ordained into the Holy Order diaconate 1984, and priesthood 1985.
He served in St Georges Anglican Church Borupai Kano till he was sent to teach in St. Francis of Assisi Theological college, Wusasa Zaria in 1985. He served in many capacities and headed the college as the acting Dean.
In July 1996 he was moved back to be the Archdeacon of Kano and help stabilize the diocese of Kano after some turbulent period. His zeal for the lord and love for mission was evident. In July 1999 he was requested to return as Dean of St. Francis college Wusasa but by September 1999 he was elected the Bishop of Gombe.
Nineteen years after he was elected Archbishop of Jos Ecclesiastical province and presented January 12, 2018 and on 24th September 2019 elected by the Episcopal synod as primate of the church of Nigeria Anglican communion.
He obtained M.A in systematic Theology, Durham University, England in 1990 and M.A in Christian Education, Princeton Theological seminary, New Jersey, USA in 1996. He distinguished himself as a scholar by winning the 1996 John Havran’s Princeton prize for Christian Education. Henry is a servant of God and God’s people.
He loves God and has received the grace to teach, preach and stand out as an evangelist and missioner. His Episcopacy has been a blessing to the church of God. He is the chairman of the liturgy and spirituality committee of the Church of Nigeria whose responsibility is to produce the Annual Bible study manual and Daily fountain devotional for the Church of Nigeria, Sunday school manual and youth devotional.
His committee has produced the New Book of common prayer and Hymnal for the Church of Nigeria. He also serves as the chairman of the church of Nigeria Historical records and Artifacts committee, charged with the responsibility of recording and preserving the historical records and artifacts of the Church and set up an Archives for the Church.
As the Bishop of Gombe, the Anglican church has grown from 18 congregation to over 150 churches. God has blessed the Diocese through the humble service of faith of this servant of God and the pastors. Church planting and evangelism, raising of lay and pastoral leadership and discipleship remain the core of his ministry.
He works with communities and leaders of Gombe state to see to peaceful coexistence and community development. In order to sustain the ministry of the gospel in Gombe state, Bishop Henry has worked with Luke partnership, Nigeria Bible Translation Trust and Seed company to produce literary materials and translate the Bible and Jesus film into 10 of the 17 tribal languages in the state.
He is the BOT Chairman of LIST the registered body working on translation of Bible, Jesus Film and literary materials in Nigeria languages especially minority languages in Nigeria. The work of ministry is on going for there are still many lands to conquer. The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few but thanks be to the lord of the harvest for with him all things are possible.
Furthermore, he is a sound Biblical Scholar, Teacher, Master liturgist, Pastor and an accomplished Evangelist. He loves the Lord Jesus Christ and has a great heart for the Word of God and also a prolific writer.
Bishop Henry is married to Mrs. Angela E. Ndukuba (Nee Okoro), she is an accomplished servant of GOD, Educationist and mother in Gods church. They are blessed with six children and a ground son and two granddaughters.