A Servant Set Apart For The Ministry
A very significant point of the Bishop Enoch Atuboyedia story occurred during his confirmation as a communicant at St. Mary’s Church Kalio-Ama. The Diocesan, Rt. Rev. Samuel Elenwo had asked him to step back from the group of four persons kneeling for ordination and laid his hands mightily on his head, as a special anointing descended from on high and through the blessed fingers of the Bishop.
The signs were palpable from the very beginning that this child was born for a divine mission and he would climb the ladder fast to be priemely positioned for great tasks in the Lord’s vineyard. His father, Pa Enoch Atuboyedia was well inspired and upon his birth, Pa Atuboyedia named his son after himself, Enoch.
It is a fulfillment of Pa Atuboyedia’s expectation that his son, Enoch has grown through the ranks of priesthood and is now a Rt. Reverend and Bishop of the Diocese of Okrika. Rt. Rev. Enoch Atuboyedia was born on the 10th of March, 1972 at Okrika, in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. He was baptized in 1973 by Rev. S. P.O. Mamah at St. Peter’s Church, Okrika and confirmed by the Late Bishop Samuel Onyeukwu Elenwo at St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Kalio-Ama, Okrika on 10th April, 1994.
Like Samuel in the care and nurture of the priest Eli, Rt. Rev. Atuboyedia heard the divine call clearly early in life, such that by the age of 7, he was already outstanding in the Children’s Sunday school classes. He grew fast in the things of God and at the age of 15, he was strong enough to teach in Adult Sunday school classes.
Rt. Rev. Atuboyedia attended Boys School, Okrika from 1978-1984 for his primary education and obtained the First School Leaving Certificate. Thereafter he attended Okrika Grammar School, Okrika from 1984-1991 and obtained the Senior Secondary School certificate. His career path to ministry opened in 1994 as his proceeded to Trinity Theological College, Umuahia where he received a Diploma in Theology in 1997.
Bishop Atuboyedia was ordained a Deacon at St Peter’s Church, Okrika on July 20th, 1997 and priested at Bethel Church, Amadi-Ama in November 29, 1998 by the Bishop of Niger Delta Diocese, Rt. Revd Gabriel H. Pepple. On September 26, 2010, he was installed Canon of St. Peter’s Cathedral and two years later, on December 28th, 2012, collated as Archdeacon at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Okrika by the pioneer Bishop, the Rt. Revd Tubokosemie Abere JP.
Already steeped in ecclessiastical duties and responsibilities, Rt. Rev. Atuboyedia still found time for education and enrolled at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education in 2005. He graduated with a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree in Religious Studies. He continued in his pursuit of theological education by enrolling for graduate work at the Crowther Graduate Theological Seminary in Abeokuta, Ogun State in 2017 and obtained a Master of Divinity degree in 2018.
Bishop Atuboyedia loves education. He loves to read and also loves listening to gospel songs and messages. He also loves sports and takes time off pastoral work to play scrabbles. He loves travelling as well. He is a good family man. Married to Mrs. Aikogha Enoch Atuboyedia, he loves to cook for his family including his three lovely children.
His Lordship has the gift of oratory, preaching and teaching. He is also an evangelist with the ministerial gift of prayer, healing and deliverance, youth development as well as management and organizational skills.
Rt. Rev. Atuboyedia started his pastoral duties as a curate at St. John’s Anglican Church, Abuloma in 1997; and continued as curate at St. Augustine’s Anglican Church, Abonnema from 1998-2000. From 2000 – 2004, he served as Vicar at St Micheal’s Anglican Church, Emago-Kugbo and later Vicar of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Ibuluya-Dikibo Ama from 2004-2007.
He was transferred to All Saints Anglican Church, Okochiri, Parish where he had served as a Church Worker before he was priested. He served as Vicar for five years (2007-2012) at All Saints and was transferred to St. Peter’s Cathedral, Okrika as Cathedral Archdeacon, from 2012-2019. He became Vicar and superintend at Bethel Church, Amadi-Ama in September 2019 till his election as Bishop, and consequent consecration and enthronement as the second Bishop of Diocese of Okrika.
Bishop Atuboyedia’s evangelism and crusades have yielded great fruits for Anglican faithful. They include the establishment of St. Joseph’s Church, Ogoloma in March 2011, St. Patrick’s Church, Orubo-Ama in 2009, St Hilda’s Church, Daka-Ama in 2004 and Church of the Restoration, Obianima-Ama in 2003. He also planted Christ Church, Okari-Ama in 2004, St. Michael’s Church, Tamunobie-Ama, Okochiri in 2011 and Christ the King’s Church, Egweme Biri in 2013.
The new Diocesan was at various times, Chaplain of Boy’s Brigade, Chaplain of Council of Knights, and Chaplain of the Diocesan Prayer Ministry.
That he was fore-ordained for the office could be discerned from the general acclaim that greeted his election as Bishop. There was unanimity in his election at the Episcopal Synod of the Church of Nigeria. Also a renewed ambience of peace and conviviality has enveloped the clergy and congregation as a new wave of evangelism and spirituality await the Episcopacy of Rt. Rev. Enoch Atuboyedia under the unction of the Holy Spirit.