Biography: Meet The 8th President Of CAN
The Most Rev. Daniel Chukwudumebi Okoh was born on November 12, 1963 in Kano to Christian parents. He is a native of Ndoni in Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. He is married to Ngozi and they are blessed with four children.
Archbishop Daniel Okoh is a product of the famous Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha. In 1988, he graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with a Second Class Upper Division in Political Science and Education. Thereafter, he attended Christ Holy Church Seminary, Onitsha and was awarded a diploma in Theology. He has undertaken many courses and participated in seminars that are relevant to his ministry work both in Nigeria and abroad.
As the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church International – an African Independent Church – he leads his denomination in ecumenical relations with other denominations in the body of Christ and engages with people of other religions in dialogue for peaceful co-existence and sustainable development.
For more than 20 years, Most Rev. Daniel Okoh, has been actively involved in ecumenical relations and inter-faith dialogue in and outside Nigeria through the following positions:
- International Chairman of the Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC)
- National President of OAIC – Nigeria Region (2005 – 2014)
- National Vice-President of Christian Association of Nigeria (2007 – 2013)
- Former member, Board of Directors of Inter-Faith HIV/AIDS Coalition of Nigeria
- Member, Governing Council of Good News Theological College and Seminary Accra, Ghana
- Member, Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC)
- Member of the Board of African Council of Religious Leaders – Religions for Peace
He is also a board member of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (Nigeria). Between 2000 and 2003 he was the only African representative in the Steering Committee of the International Forum on Multi-cultural Ministry, which was initiated and sponsored by the Mission and Evangelism Team of the World Council of Churches.
In the area of Politics and Governance, Archbishop Daniel Okoh was one of the six delegates that represented Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the National Political Reform Conference of 2005 organized by the Federal Government of Nigeria. From 2009 to 2011, Most Rev. Daniel Okoh served on the board of National Orientation Agency (NOA) as an Institutional representative of Christian Association of Nigeria.
Over the years, Daniel Okoh, a de-tribalized Nigerian, has built friendship across religious and ethnic lines around the globe. He welcomes and participates in conversations and programmes that would bring about peaceful co-existence among the peoples of the world and sustainable development.
He is a charismatic leader and bridge-builder within the Christian faith, social sphere and in all human endeavours.
Now the 8th President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Most Rev. Daniel Okoh is set to practically illustrate and impact the Christian community and the nation at large with his vast experience he has accumulated all through the years as a husband, father, clergyman, mediator, mentor, peace-builder, church-leader, inter-faith advocate and all-round,