From a release by Zakariya Musa, EYN head of Media
Bayo Tella, who has been acting provost of Kulp Theological Seminary (KTS) since April 27, has been appointed substantive provost of KTS by the National Standing Committee of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria). KTS is the highest training institute of EYN.
The appointment took effect Aug. 1, 2022. Tella’s predecessor, Dauda A. Gava, has completed his two-term tenure.
Tella “is known to be a born teacher, a theologian, a counselor, a revivalist, and a renowned author of several books in the Christian literature. Most of all he is an ordained pastor,” said a release from the EYN Media office.
His educational history includes attending the Government Comprehensive Secondary School in Waka Biu, where he obtained his WAEC certificate in 1988; Ramat Polytechnic in Maiduguri, 1989-1991, where he obtained a National Diploma in General Agriculture; discipleship training by the Great Commission Movement of Nigeria in New Life Training, April-June 1993; and several rounds of study at ECWA Theological Seminary (ETS) in Jos, where he first earned a BA Arts in Pastoral Studies, then a master’s degree in 2013, and a doctor of ministry degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling in 2018.
He has served several congregations of EYN as pastor, starting at Mado, Jos, in 1998; Mbulamel, where he was ordained in 2002; five years at Lagos, beginning in 2006; and Marama, where he also was spiritual advisor for the Bura Bible Translation.
Throughout his pastoral career he has filled various district posts including administrative secretary of now the defunct EYN Regional Church Council Abuja, acting district secretary for Suleja and Kaduna, vice chair and chair of the district of Biu, and district chair for Marama.
He has been actively involved in regional leadership for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), having served as secretary for the Biu area and the Hawul area.
In 2016, he was transferred from the Marama church to KTS to serve as a teacher. He held the position of dean of Students Affairs 2016-2017, and then was recommended by the seminary Board of Governors to become deputy provost.
His leadership on the denominational level has included being guest teacher at EYN’s 60th Annual General Church Council (Majalisa) in 2007.
Tella has published several papers at various levels within and outside EYN. He has written four books: The Concept of Servant Leadership: A Pastoral Perspective, The Place of Biblical Pre-Marital Counseling on Marital Success, Spiritual Decline in the 21st Century Church, The Centenary Celebration of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN), and Emerging Issues (which is yet to be dedicated).
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