HIS EMINENCE, SUNDAY MBANG
World class Religious Leader
A servant of an unchanging God who became a King in his father’s house, His Eminence, Sunday Mbang, Prelate Emeritus of the Methodist Church of Nigeria and Former President of the World Methodist Council.
The name of Sunday Mbang commands high top-of-the-mind awareness (TOMA). The TOMA is such that 95 per cent of literate adults remember his name and its association with the Methodist Church. He served with so much impact that he represents the Church in the public consciousness.
Mbang embodies grace and Grace speaks for him. His rise to the top was rapid, exceptional, and propelled by the unseen but highly felt hand of God. In other words, the Mighty Hand of the Creator pushed him from small towns to the centre and then to the top.
This son of Eket was born on 26 August 1936. He attended Effoi Group Primary School, Eket, St Michael’s School, Aba, Salvation Army School at Akai-Eket, and Government School, Eket. He also attended Methodist Boys High School, Oron, and Methodist College, Uzuakoli.
He trained for the Ministry at the Trinity College, Umuahia from 1962 to 1964. Then he enrolled at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka but transferred to the University of Ibadan in 1968 because of the civil war. At Ibadan, he met with the then patriarch of the Methodist Church, Professor Bolaji Idowu who would play a significant role in his career. He graduated in 1971 with a B.A. Hons in Religious Studies. He was a member of the Scripture Union (SU), and President of the Student’s Christian Movement (SCM). He went to the Hebrew University Jerusalem on scholarship. Still, once again war, this time the Yom Kippur War, made hin transfer to Harvard University, USA, where he did his Doctor of Theology in Old Testament.
Dedication and distinction, as well as grace, marked his long career in the service of the Church. Mbang served as Circuit Minister for one year each at Ikot Abasi and Ikot Ekpene between 1965 and 1968. He was chaplain at the Methodist Boys High School, Oron, 1971-1972 and Bishop, Methodist Church, Lagos from 1980 to 1984.
The Church appointed him Patriarch and Prelate of the Methodist Church in 1985.