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History

Early History

The Presbyterian Church, like all Christian Churches, traces its roots back to the early Church in Jerusalem, to Augustine, and to Paul. Modern Presbyterianism is considered by many to be a rebirth of the early Church of the New Testament. Presbyterianism connotes a democratic form of Church government which was practiced by the Christians of Apostolic times and made popular by John Calvin in Switzerland during the reformation. It spread into Europe, especially Scotland and ...  Read more

 


Presbytarianism In Nigeria

In those early days there was a tacit understanding among Christian missions operating in the Country to restrict their operations within certain territorial areas. Accordingly, the Church of Scotland Mission, the Presbyterians were restricted to Calabar, Cross River, Afikpo, Aro-Ohafia and Abakalilki areas where they had remained and worked for well over a century. This accounts for why there was no Presbyterian establishment or influence in the Western Region of Nigeria until ... Read more

 

 

First Resident Minister

Upon the arrival of Rev (Dr.) John A. Johnston, the first Resident Minister, on August 28, 1964, a Board of Management was constituted to replace the much enlarged Steering Committee and on the ordination of its first ruling Elders, the Church Session and the Congregational Board were inaugurated in ...  Read more

 


 

The Church Building

At the present Church site along old city way, now Murtala Mohammed Way, Queen Elizabeth 11 of England was received by the people of Lagos in 1956 when she paid a Royal Visit to Lagos, Nigeria. This spot, therefore, is historic with a strong sentimental value and attachment for the people of Lagos. Rev. (Dr.) Johnston in his unequalled commitment to ministry, after a Holy Communion Service on a Sunday where he missed one of his parishioners, decided to visit the gentleman in his office the following Monday to serve him Holy Communion. He went in his collar and encountered in the parishioner’s office a gentleman from whom he made ...  Read more