DAVID AND GWENYTH CARLING
After hearing a message by a missionary to China on the love of God that constrains us, the young David Carling decided he wanted to serve God as a missionary. The preacher advised him that the best way to do this would be as a doctor. So off he went to study medicine. In 1956 he got married to Gwenth, a teacher and years after they both left their home town on Lancaster, UK and sailed to Nigeria where they would spend 18 years as missionaries under the Sudan Interior Mission. Indeed his Medical training would provide an opportunity for them to work with lepers in northern Nigeria, Chad and Sudan. They would later work in Jos under the auspices of the Church of God in Christ. Both their sons were born in Nigeria and are active in ministry. David and Gwnyth returned to the UK in 1976 and continue to support missionaries and the church through bible teaching and leadership training abroad.
MRS. NKOYO RAPU
Nkoyo followed the footsteps of her father into the Legal Profession, that of her mother into Education and followed a call from God into Ministry. Alongside her husband, Dr Tony Rapu, she has been a pastor since 1991 when they established the Apapa Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, planting over 45 Churches around Nigeria, Europe and the Americas in 5 years. Today they Pastor This Present House in Lagos. Nkoyo Rapu’s passion for education and development motivated her to establish the Bethesda Child Support Agency, a not-for-profit organisation currently running four schools in poor neighbourhoods of Lagos, with over 600 students on scholarships. In her spare time she loves to paint, read and write. She has authored 2 books: The Gilded Cage and Shining Statues. Nkoyo is the proud mother of Uju, who is a Medical Doctor like her father, Kene, who is a lawyer like her mum and Tobe, who is own man. having studied International Relations. Nkoyo provides prayer oversight to this ministry.
REV. CLEM EMEKENE
Rev. Clem, and his wife Patricia, have pastored the Glory Reign Assembly Church in Port Harcourt, Nigeria for over 25 years. A skillful teacher of God’s word, Rev. Clem’s quiet demeanour and steel resolve make him an invaluable thinker on our board. He has always been fascinated by the human mind and has devoted considerable time studying it, leading to a doctorate in Educational Measurement and Evaluation Psychology. The quest for continuous education runs in the family as his wife also holds a doctorate in Guidance and Counselling. Together they have two sons and a daughter. He has authored several books, including The Achiever’s Edge, a daily devotional. Rev. Emekane is also a certified trainer for SMEs on Business Solution Provider (BSP) and Business Development Support Services Provider (BDSSP). In his spare time Reverend Clem loves to read.
After a terrible tragedy in December 2003, God spoke to Sarah about her life’s purpose and this led to her launching SPAN (The Society for The Performing Arts in Nigeria) in 2004. She intends to eventually build a performing art centre in Nigeria to educate, empower and showcase performing artists and their God -given talent. Fifteen years down the line, the organization has trained hundreds of artists in their professional field, showcased and partnered with over 100 NGO and mission workers and provided an additional 80 jobs for young people in the entertainment industry.