TODAY IN HISTORY: 20th January

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20th January 1976: The constitution of Methodist Church Nigeria is ratified to establish the Patriarchate and Episcopal structure of the Ministry. The First Patriarch of the Church was Prelate Emeritus Emmanuel Bolaji Idowu of blessed memory who served from 1976 to 1985. He was also the President of the Church from 1972 to 1975.

20th January 2017: Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams leads prayers at the inauguration ceremony of the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump. He is the first non-American to do so and he is the Presiding Bishop of Action Chapel International (ACI) Ministry.

20th January 1985: Sunday Coffie Mbang is elected the Second Patriarch of Methodist Church Nigeria. He was the First Prelate of the Church, the President of the World Methodist Council and the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) who served from 1994 to 2003. He went to be with the Lord on 16th May 2023.

20th January 1973: The Investiture Service and consecration of Reverend Professor Emmanuel Bolaji Idowu as the President, Methodist Church Nigeria is held at the Trinity Methodist Church Tinubu, Lagos State Nigeria. 

20th January 2021: The First phase of Bishop Samuel Ajayi Crowther Mission Center is opened for the training of mission workers. The vision to establish the Center in Osoogun, Iseyin, Oyo State Nigeria came in 2007 under the Primacy of Primate Emeritus Nicholas Okoh and was dedicated by Most Reverend Henry Chukwudum Ndukuba.

20th January 1669: Susanna Wesley is born. She was the biological mother of John and Charles Wesley, the Evangelical Leaders and founders of the Methodist Movement.



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