NNAIFE EDWARD IKEOMU (CHAIRPERSON/MISSION DIRECTOR)
Nnaife Edward Ikeomu is the Founder and Board Chairperson of Word Eternity Ministries International. He is the executive director of AfriMission Renaissance; the indigenous mission initiative of the organisation.
On Saturday 23rd February 1993, he gave his life to Jesus Christ in a dramatic way. In October of the same year, after undergoing a short ministerial course in a Christian organisation where he became a Christian; God spoke to him clearly that he would be posted to Enugu, Nigeria, a city 105 km from Onitsha where he was trained. Two days after, he received a letter showing he was posted to Enugu. He never had a prior knowledge of where he was going to be posted, except what God told him.
Edward was trained for ministry at Christian Love training centre, Enugu, which was founded by an American veteran missionary, Rev. Mrs. Diana Reid. He received a diploma in ministerial training after an intensive 2 year course. He also holds a national diploma in mass communication from the Institute of Management and Technology, a reputable institute of learning in Enugu, Nigeria.
He served in Rock Family Church, Enugu, Nigeria as a personal assistant to the head pastor (Bishop Obi Onubogu), also as a youth and branch pastor for 5 years and 6 months before moving to Cameroon for missions. Edward moved to Cameroon with his family in 2004 where he planted several indigenous Churches, and in 2009, he relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa.
He is a member of the Association of Christian Counsellors in South Africa, Southern African Association for Pastoral Work and International Christian Coaches Association.
He is a missionary, a dynamic preacher and teacher, Life and Leadership coach, social activist, the author of several Christian books and the facilitator of Audacious Generation. He presently resides in Johannesburg, South Africa with his wife and they are blessed with four children.
NOSIPHIWO MBOBA ( BOARD MEMBER/GENERAL SECRETARY)
Nosiphiwo is a qualified occupational therapist, a health and wellness specialist, qualified assessor and moderator, a national accredited programmes developer and trainer, and policy and systems developer with a vast experience in corporate world and public sectors.
In her professional work experience and career path, Nosi has worked in psychiatric, pediatrics, geriatrics and orthopedics settings; she equally worked in Social Development, Justice and Education Systems. She also had the privilege of establishing an In-Patient Treatment Clinic for youths addicted to drugs and alcohol.
In 2009, she was nominated by Westrand Mayor’s office as a member of Young Women in Dialogue Consultative Network and has participated in various youth dialogues in South Africa.
Nosi is a motivational speaker, a life coach, a mentor, and a minister of the Gospel. Nosi and her husband run Sister/Sister International ministries; a community based organisation that reaches out to the lost souls, the wounded, the hurt, the destitute and the abandoned. They empower groups of people at different levels through accredited life skills and training programmes, charity services and spiritual upliftment. They also run Respond Africa Family and Marriage Coaching Institute, which empowers singles, divorced, widowed and married people.
Nosi is the author of a Christian book titled “Something Inside So Strong”. To ensure she continues her personal and professional development, she is currently enrolled at Christian Heritage Bible College and the University of Liverpool for MSc in Forensic Psychology and Criminal Investigation.
WILLIE ABRAHAM VERMAAK (ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER)
Willem Abraham Vermaak was born on 14th September, 1972 in Polokwane(then Pietersburg) in the far north of South Africa. He grew up in a Christian house, second eldest of five children. His mother Ina, a committed follower of Jesus Christ led him to the Lord at age 6. He had a relatively normal childhood, and matriculated in 1990. He went on to study Industrial Engineering at the University of Pretoria and received his B.Eng (Industrial) in 1994.
Throughout his life the urge to go into full-time ministry always remained, and at the end of 2005 he resigned his job, to go into full-time ministry. He worked as administrator for one year at a local church in Roodepoort, and then went on to Zambia to work with a mission organisation (later OM Zambia) for three years. Here he completed missions training, and worked afterwards on the base as administrative manager. A longing for first hand impact ministry to people however remained unfulfilled, and a vision that the Lord gave him whilst still working as engineer in central Johannesburg was stirred again. At the end of 2009 he returned to Roodepoort, to start an inner city ministry there.
Whilst working at the church, he met Henriette de Beer, whom he later joined to go to Zambia. Henriette also returned from Zambia, they got married in March 2010, and together started Roodepoort Inner City Outreach (RICO). This is where they are still working full-time.
Willie is the proud and grateful father of Vida (a delightful three year old girl). His passion is to live God’s purpose for his life, and also to help others reach to the heights Jesus talked about when He said He came so that we can have life in all its fullness!