L-R, Pastor Chris Delvan recieving the award certificate from Director-General of the Institute, Rotimi Matthew on Wednesday 26th April, 2017 at the Koinonia Cultural Development Centre of the New Life Pastoral Centre in Kaduna, North West Nigeria.
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IT WAS best described as the day the Lord has made for Pastor Christopher Delvan Gwamna Ajiyat who has just bagged Fellow’s Investiture and Icon of Mentorship award for his role in building great numbers of role model in his calling as a man of God.
The award, which was conferred on amiable and excemplary spiritual leader by the Institute of Mentoring and Career Coaching Nigeria (IMCCN), has been described by many who have passed trough Pastor Chris’ leaderships style described it as honour well deserved.
Pastor Chris Delvan Gwamna as popularly known is the Senior Pastor of the Kaduna-based New Life Pastoral Centre (popularly known as The New Life Assembly).
Pastor Chris Delvan Gwamna is a Minister of the Word of God, with an edge in the teaching and Prophetic Ministry. He also oversees other ministry arms namely: Arewa Christian Initiative, House of Jeduthun, Metahost Partnerships and Pisgah Media. In 2003 he successfully accomplished a Bible Translation of the Revised Standard Version into Hausa Language for the Bible League of the United States of America.
He is well known for his repertoire of songs, with which he has blessed the body of Christ as a Psalmist. He has ministered extensively in different parts of the world. He is a graduate of History and Political Science in the early 80s from the premier northern university – ABU and hails from Kagoro, Kaduna State, North West Nigeria.
Chairman Board of Fellows of the Institute, Mr Dauda Ageni described Pastor Chris Delvan as an icon of hope to the younger generation noting that, bringing him on board would fill a spiritual vacuum that will steer the Institute to a greater height.
Earlier in his keynote address, Director General of the Institute, Rotimi Matthew noted that, the choice of Pastor Chris Delvan for the Award and Investiture was carefully done considering his contribution in shaping the lives of many people beyond his immediate ministry stressing that, in seeking recommendations about the recipient, “it was clear Pastor Chris has mentored innumerable people and have had great influence even on people he has never met”.
According to him, Pastor Chris is a quintessential man of God, a gentleman whose influence is beyond his ministry and respected by leaders in other sphere of life quickly added that, the Institute recognizes him as an accomplished leader, administrator, a mentor per excellence, a tireless advocate of right standing with towering impact.
National President of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce, Nigeria Chapter, Architect Gregory Icha, who is a very close friend of award recipient said, the award was well deserved describing the recipient as a humble man who truly demonstrates what mentoring is.
Icha observed that Jesus Christ is the greatest Mentor who empties himself into people till they began to look and behave like him, adding that Pastor Chris epitomizes Jesus as he has poured out his Christ-like nature into many.
Responding, Pastor Chris Delvan acknowledged the Institute for recognizing his effort saying it is a great honour and priviledge to be involved in life coaching and mentoring, “I take prime interest in people because I have failed many times but I made it a life goal of making sure people coming up do not fail”.
“I do all I do casually but seriously with most influence and the award is a call to come up higher and be the salt and light of the world”, he added.
The Institute of Mentoring and Career Coaching of Nigeria is a professional and Educational institute established under the act of parliament 1 cap 59 of 1990.