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The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria Apapa Parish started in January 1966 as an outreach of the Lagos Presbyterian Church, Yaba. Because of the distance from Apapa to Yaba and the increasing number of Presbyterian residents at Ajegunle/Apapa, it was deemed necessary to establish an outreach closer to the people in Ajegunle/Apapa area. Rev. Dr. Alexander Johnstone, who was the Moderator of the Church, succeeded in negotiating that the Ajeromi court hall be used as a place of worship. Elders were placed on rotation from the Yaba Church to be in charge of the Apapa congregation with Rev. Dr. Hall as the Minister in Charge.
Membership increased until the outbreak of the Nigeria/Biafra civil war in 1967. After the civil war membership started to grow again. In 1972, Apapa congregation moved from the Ajeromi Court Hall to Oregie cinema hall as it’s new place of worship. On the 18th February,1973, the Lagos Presbyterian Church Yaba appointed a provisional Session to take charge of the Apapa congregation with Rev. R. D. Wilson as the Moderator along with Elders E. E. Effiok, N. O. Nwoke (Clerk), G. H. Bassey and S. M. Cobham as the members of the provisional Session.
On March 4, 1974, the following members from the Apapa congregation were ordained and admitted as Ruling elders of the Church – Mr. Sunday O. Chukwu, Mr. Zacheaus E. Nchege, Mr. Edem Archibong, Mrs. Eke U. Etigwe and Mrs. J. E. Bassey and as follow up, the Lagos Presbytery within the same month of March 1974, granted Apapa congregation a parish status and a formal inauguration service to that effect took place on June 9, 1974 in which Rev. A. O. Okore was ordained and inducted at the Apapa parish as the first Resident Minister of the parish and brought an end to the provisional session.
Due to the increasing membership Oregie cinema hall became unsuitable as a place of worship and there was a challenge for the acquisition of a permanent place of worship. Elder Mrs. Etigwe and Mr. O. E. Odum located the present site at Arowoiyabuna Street, Olodi Apapa and established contact with the land owners who sold approximately 100ft by 150ft to the Church in December 23,1974. Despite the challenges faced in the area being water logged members erected a wooden structure which was completed on May 25 1977 and dedicated in May 5, 1979.
When there was need for more hands to supervise the growing congregation, the following members were ordained ruling elders of the Church:
1976: Mr A. U. Arua, Mr. Esin, Mr. E. Ekpo, Mr. E. E. Ewa and Mrs. Ogbonnaya.
1980: Mr A. E. Chukwu, Mrs A. O. Bassey, Mr. Eke Obuba and Mr. Peter Fombad.
1983: Engr. E. U. Asaga, Mr. G. A. Orji, Mrs. Nnenna Mbadiwe, Mr. K. O. Obaji, Mrs. Nnate I. Nwoke and Mr. D. A. Agwu.
1989: Mr. George Ogbonnaya, Mr. Isak Nkereuwen, Mr. O. I. Ojo and Mrs. N. Archibong.
1995: Mr Obasi Kalu, Mrs Cordelia Ogbonnaya.
1999: Dr. C. E. Onugu, Mr. Richard Ezeoke, Mr. Anthony Jireh, Mrs. Grace Orji, Mr. Archibong, Mrs. Comfort Ogbonnaya and Mr. Simeon Okeke.
2004: Mr. J. O. Etta, Mr. Tony U. Nnechi, Mrs. Uzoaku Williams, Mr. J. B. Nonyelu, Mrs. Thelma Etigwe Uwa, Mr. Chinny Uche Kalu, Mrs. Ifeanyi Nonyelu, Mrs. Uchechi Eke, Mr. Ezichi Kalu and Mrs. Nkechi Nnechi
Elder Mrs. E. U. Etigwe was honoured with gifts for being the longest serving elder.
During the tenure of the Rev. Okeke O. Ndu who was inducted on November 16,1986, the foundation of the community Hall was laid in February 11, 1986, which was completed and dedicated by the Rev. Eyo Ikpana on March 8,1992.
The foundation of the modern auditorium was laid during the tenure of the Rev. E. N. Akpanika and relaid (the first was discovered to be weak) during the tenure of Rev. Mrs. Christian Jireh who took charge of the parish on September 1 1996. During the tenure of the Rev. A. E. Chukwu (of blessed memory) in 1999, the Church purchased the adjacent plot of land to extend her territory. The modern auditorium and sanctuary was dedicated to the glory of God by Moderator of the General Assembly the Rt. Rev. Ubon Bassey Usung on the the 11th day of April 2010 with the Rev. Joseph Bassey Eton as Minister in Charge.
In the course of the church’s 31 years of existence as a parish many people have made sacrifices and contributions towards the growth spiritually numerically and physically. The church remains grateful to such people.