An International Conference on the Origins of Christ Apostolic Church

in Nigeria and Ghana

held at Joseph Ayodele Babalola University

Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State, Nigeria

 

January 16-18, 2012

 

sponsored by New York Theological Seminary, Joseph Ayodele Babalola University, The Institute for Diasporan African Studies, and Christ Apostolic Church (First in the Americas), Brooklyn, NY with support from The Henry Luce Foundation

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New York Theological Seminary, Joseph Ayodele Babalola University, The Institute for African Diasporan Studies, and Christ Apostolic Church (First in the Americas) with support from the Henry Luce Foundation are sponsoring a conference on transnational formations in early African Pentecostalism to be held January 16-18, 2012 on the campus of Joseph Ayodele Babalola University in Ikeji-Arakeji, Oshun State, Nigeria.  The conference will bring together scholars working on three continents to examine transnational dimensions of the origin and life of Christ Apostolic Church in both Nigeria and Ghana beginning in the first decades of the 20th century.  The Christ Apostolic Churches claim today to be the first Pentecostal churches in West Africa.  The movement emerged in both Nigeria and Ghana under strong African leadership with transnational connections to the United States and England.  Today both churches continue to be characterized by significant transnational connections, having their headquarters in West Africa while maintaining a presence throughout the African diasporan world.  The conference will help shed light on the origins and development of Christ Apostolic Church while advancing understanding of global Pentecostalism and transnational and diasporan African church life.

The conference is open to the public.  There is no registration fee, and accommodations are available on the campus of Joseph Ayodele Babalola University at modest rates.  For more information on attending the conference and to register, see the attached flyer or email Professor Wanda Lundy at wlundy@nyts.edu.

 

Background

Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) in both Nigeria and Ghana grew from a prayer movement at the beginning of the 20th century to become churches with several million members world wide today.  Both bodies (Nigerian and Ghanaian) emerged in relationship to a congregation known as Faith Tabernacle in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the USA, and later had a relationship with the Apostolic Church of Great Britain.  The manner in which CAC in both Ghana and Nigeria related to these overseas churches differed significantly from other mission-founded churches in West Africa in the 19th and 20th century and even from most African Initiated Churches.  In the case of CAC, there was no direct connection with western missionaries in Africa.  Faith Tabernacle published a regular paper which was sent to West Africa and read in both countries.  Faith Tabernacle corresponded with the West African leadership but sent no direct missionaries.  As a consequence both churches were fully African in leadership, identity, style of worship, and character of message from their inception.  Both churches also taught and practiced spiritual gifts, especially divine healing.  Both consider themselves today to belong to the global Pentecostal movement, albeit of African origins.

 

Method of the Conference

The conference will bring together an international group of scholars and students for three days.  Up to fifteen academic papers will be presented in plenary sessions with participants invited to respond in discussion formats.  Papers are expected to cover the origins of Christ Apostolic Church with a focus on the transnational (United States, Nigeria, Ghana, and the United Kingdom) connections, and a number of related factors.  Additional opportunities for conversation, historical explorations, and cultural exposure (including sessions with conference leaders and presenters meeting with church leaders, university leaders, the local media, and local political leaders) will also be scheduled.  The conference organizes expect to publish the papers presented at the conference as a single volume in either an academic press or as a separate edition in an existing scholarly journal.  The organizers also seek to build connections among the various researchers for further collaboration and study.

 

Conference Presenters

  • Akintunde E. Akinade
    Visiting Associate Professor
    Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar
    Qatar
  • David O. Alabi
    Department of Religious Studies
    Joseph Ayo Babalola University
    Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State, Nigeria
  • Peter Olusegun Alokan
    Department of Religious Studies
    Joseph Ayo Babalola University
    Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State, Nigeria
  • Martina Iyabo Atere
    Senior Lecturer in New Testament and Women Studies
    Lagos State University
    Ojo, Nigeria
  • Deji Isaac Ayegboyin
    President and Professor of Church History
    Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary
    Ogbomoso, Nigeria
  • Moses O. Biney
    Assistant Professor of Religion and Society
    Director of Research in the Center for the Study and Practice of Urban Ministry
    New York Theological Seminary
    New York, NY USA
  • Anthea Butler
    Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair of Religion,
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • David D. Daniels
    Henry Winters Luce Professor of World Christianity
    McCormick Theological Seminary
    Chicago, IL, USA
  • Gbenga Famojuro
    Pastor, Christ Apostolic Church (First in the Americas)
    Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Apostle John Adjormo Gama
    Missions Director
    Christ Apostolic Church International
    Accra, Ghana
  • Wandy Lundy
    Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies
    Associate Director of the Doctor of Ministry
    New York Theological Seminary
    New York, NY, USA
  • Adam Mohr
    Senior Writing Fellow, Critical Writing Program and Department of Anthropology
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Eleanor Moody-Shepherd (joint paper)
    Vice President for Academic Affairs & Academic Dean
    Professor of Women’s Studies
    New York Theological Seminary
    New York, NY USA
  • Daniel Nyante
    Executive Director
    The Institute for Diasporan African Culture
    Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Mercy Amba Oduyoye
    Director of the Institute of African Women in Religion and Culture
    Trinity Theological Seminary
    Legon, Ghana
  • Matthews A. Ojo
    Professor in the Department of Religious Studies
    Obafemi Awolowo University
    Ile-Ife, Nigeria
  • Christopher Olubunmi Oshun
    Professor of Christian Studies and Church History
    Lagos State University
    former Vice-Chancellor, Joseph Ayodele Babalola
    Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State, Nigeria
  • Eva Shaw-Taylor
    Associate Director
    The Institute for Diasporan African Culture
    Bowie, Maryland, USA
  • John D. Y. Peel
    Professor, Department of Anthropology and Sociology
    School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
    London, UK

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