A BRIEF HISTORY OF JEMLS

The Lutheran Church of Nigeria (LCN) has always seen the training of Pastors as a crucial requirement for the effective fulfillment of the Great Commission of our Lord (Matthew 28:19-20). Four years after the founding of the LCN, on January 2, 1940, the Seminary was established. However, due to the Second World War, that early effort was brought to an unexpected end in 1941, most of the men of that early beginning returned to the Seminary and completed their Ministerial training in December, 1952.

For the LCN, Academic Excellence in Ministerial training has always been a priority in the training of men for the Church’s Ministry of the Word and Sacraments. In 1955, a “long-range, permanent programme” was established. In this programme, young boys were led through two years of junior Seminary, four years of High School and finally three year of Senior Seminary training. The Seminary was known as Lutheran Seminary.

Eventually the fine, “long-range, permanent programme” collapsed. yet the Seminary continued to provide high academic Ministerial and Theological training. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Lutheran Seminary has been involved in this noble venture for well over fifty years. it continues to improve its academic, Biblical and sound Ministerial training to men who desire to lead the flock of God’s people with integrity and without shame. in 1989, Lutheran Seminary was renamed after the founding patriarch of the Lutheran Church of Nigeria; the Reverend Doctor Jonathan Ekong Memorial Lutheran Seminary (JEMLS) has had successful graduates from Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Rhodesia and Sierra Leone. Since 1994, JEMLS has been affiliated to the University of Uyo. This affiliation to the University of Uyo enables JEMLS to award qualified and successful students the University Diploma in Religious Studies in addition to the Seminary’s Diploma in Theology. The Seminary is not content with the award of these Diplomas. The Governing Board of JEMLS, headed by Prof. E. J. Etuk of the University of Calabar and the academic staff are working toward the award of degrees.

JEMLS has a sister-Seminary relationship with Concordia Theological Seminary, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, U.S.A. In this relationship the gifts and blessing that god has poured out and continues to pour out on both of these sister Seminaries are shared for the well-being of the Churches. Qualified staff and students are offered opportunities for graduates and post-graduates studies for the Master of Arts in Religious Studies (MA) Master of Divinity (M.Div), Master of Sacred Theology (STM), and doctor of Philosophy in Missiology (Ph.D) on the Fort Wayne campus.

Presently, JEMLS is establishing a relationship with the Oswarld Hoffmann School of Christian Outreach at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A. to offer the Master of Arts in Christian Outreach (MACO) degree on the Obot Idim Campus.

FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF POSITIONS

The Rector

The Deputy Rector

The Dean

The Registrar

The Director of Academics

The Director of Student Affairs

The Director of International Students

The Director of Chapel

The Director of field Education

The Faculty Secretary

The Librarian

The Accounts Clerk

 

THE CHAPEL

The chapel serves as the heart of the Seminary. This is where the Seminary family meets in fellowship to join their hearts in worship. God’s word is heard, sins are confessed, forgiveness is assured, hymns are sung, and prayers are offered for the Seminary family, the Church, god’s mission in all lands, the government of Nigeria and other nations of the world. Offering are received; the read presence of the Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated and received through His body and blood in the bread and wine.

Worship takes place each day in early morning, mid day, and late evening. Worship also takes place every Sunday in the early evening. Holy Communion is offered on the First Sunday evening of each Month. Students are expected to attend all chapel services; the Chapel also plays a role in the spiritual and theological formation of the Students. Under the supervision of the Director of Chapel, Students participate in all aspects of Chapel life. The students participate in preaching, leading the liturgy, forming the choir, leading the signing, serving as instrumentalists and fulfilling administrative duties.

FAMILY TIME

Closely connected to chapel services is Seminary “family-time”. Informal “family-time””often takes place immediately after mid day chapel service. Here, announcements or brief discussions pertinent to the entire Seminary family take place. Formal “family-time”takes place after mid-day chapel every Wednesday. Two academic hours are reserved for this event. Students are assigned topics of current theological interest and debate. the papers are presented formally and both faculty members and students have the opportunity to discuss the presented topics and papers.

THE LIBRARY

Upholding preparation for Chapel Leadership, “family-time” research, completion of classroom assignment and al academic endeavours at the Seminary is the library. Over 394 Nigerian languages (for example, Efik, Ibibio, or Annang) refer to school as the “house of books”. JEMLS is blessed with more than two thousand volumes of books excluding magazines, journals, periodicals and newspaper. the following describes how to make use of the library.

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