Bishop John and Helen Visit
Arriving on September 22, Bishop John Danbinta and his wife, Helen, embarked on a whirlwind visit before departing from New York on October 6.
After a day of rest, the Bishop joined the AEP Board for an all-day meeting to discuss progress and next steps. Board members Angela Dimezza and Paul Frank joined us, having driven up to Connecticut from our sister church in Akron, Ohio. Aside from being a wonderful reunion, it was a great day of fellowship and dialogue. We were able to outline a clear vision of our next steps and determine costs and a possible timeline.
After meeting with the Board, Bishop John and Helen attended churches in New London and Bloomfield, leading weeknight bible studies. Free-will offerings were collected and connections made for possible partnerships in the future.
A potluck dinner was held at St. Peter’s Church, our home base, to serve as a meet and greet for supporters from both St. Peter’s Church and Trinity Church, Tariffville. About forty guests were in attendance. A wonderful time was had by all, with time to talk with the couple and share experiences.
For the final few days, Bishop and Helen traveled to New York, where they stayed with pastor friends until their departure early on Friday morning, October 7. Connections were made for networking with another church in the Bronx. The couple returned safely to Nigeria and has taken time to settle back into a routine, after the wedding of their daughter on October 22.
AEP Welcomes a New Board Member!
AEP is pleased and proud to announce the addition of Reverend Amjad Samuel to the Board of Directors. Rev. Amjad comes to us having served as Assistant Rector at St. Paul’s Church, Akron. He was recently installed as Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Huntington.
A native of Pakistan, Rev. Amjad came to know Bishop John when they were roommates while both studying for their Master’s degrees in Muslim-Christian Relations at Hartford Seminary.
We welcome Rev. Amjad’s passion, knowledge and wisdom as an important member of the Board.
He and his wife Mollie are settling into their new surroundings as Mollie works on her Master’s Thesis in Theology.