About Holy Emmanuel Catholic Mission
What is today known as Holy Emmanuel Catholic Mission, Old GRA, Makurdi began in 2007 at the instance of the late Mrs. Juliana Atoba. That same year it moved to Nigerian Railway Corporation land close to God's Delight Private School, Railway Quarters with the assistance of Mr. Joseph Numba.
On the March 3, 2008, the church was formally commissioned by the then parish priest of St. Peter's Cathlic Parish Low-level, Makurdi, Rev. Fr. John Ikponko. At that event, 115 persons received the Sacrament of Baptism while 3 couples were wedded.
By 2012, the then Bishop of Makurdi Catholic Diocese, Most Revd A.A. Usuh moved the church to its present location by giving out part of St. Joseph’s College Quarters.
Since inception, the following priests have taken charge of the Church/Mission till date: Father John Ikponko, Father Jacob Tondo, Father Stephen Ishor, Father Prof. Francis Wegh, Father Louis Ajinge, cmf and Father Thaddeus Ikor.
On the 27th September, 2015, the Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Most Revd Wilfred C. Anagbe, cmf pronounced Holy Emmanuel Catholic Church, a Mission with Father Prof. Francis Wegh as the priest-in-charge. By December of the same year, he was replaced with Father Louis Ajinge, cmf as the priest-in-charge. Father Thaddeus Ikor took over from Father Louis Ajinge, cmf as priest-in-charge and has been there till date.
It is pertinent to note that this church which started from humble beginnings as house fellowship has within a short period transformed to its present state and grown tremendously in membership. It is our hope that with God on our side and the unrelenting efforts of our Bishop, priests and members, our dream of a parish someday will be realized in Jesus’ name. Amen.