16 February 2009

Cameroon: Baptist Convention Targets Indigenes in Yaounde Field

The new pastor of the Yaoundé Field Conference of Churches of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC), Reverend Samuel Wepngong Jab, plans to intensify intentional discipleship, especially towards the Francophones and indigenes by adding more missionary stations to that of Zoétélé and Efoulan in the South Region. Reverend Wepngong, officially inducted the leader of the Yaounde CBC Field that covers the Centre, South and East Regions last 11 January, said he would, "harness and harmonise God-given opportunities, gifts and talents for effective discipleship and mission for God's glory within the Yaoundé Field and beyond".

He was elected during the CBC Yaounde Field Bible Conference on 22 November 2008 to take over from Reverend Donald Ndichafah who is now the General Secretary of the Cameroon Baptist Convention. Reverend Wepngong has the mission to take the gospel beyond the 30 CBC Churches and 18 preaching stations spread over the East, Centre and South Regions of Cameroon. In a chat with Cameroon Tribune, his said one of his major priorities was, "to increase the number and quality of pastors in order to get quality Christians". The Yaounde Field of the CBC does not yet have an office of its own.

Reverend Wepngong plans to devote time during his four-year term of office to follow up the land that was purchased but contested to be subsequently used in building offices. The new leader of the Yaounde CBC Field would also work to ensure that CBC schools and the lone Secondary School at Awae Yaounde help to impact the lives of the people. The CBC is also planting health centres, staffing them with trained health personnel within the Field and Reverend Wepngong's ambition would be to work for the creation of more of such health structures and above all, the creation of a full fledge Baptist Hospital in Yaounde.

Reverend Wepngong disclosed that the Baptist was the first Christian denomination in Cameroon but it is not well known today. "I also want to help the public to understand how the church works through the schools, health centres and to increase the CBC public relations", he said.

Before being elected the pastor of the Yaounde Field Conference of Churches of the CBC, Reverend Wepngong was Chairman of the Pastors' Fellowship. He is also the pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Anguissa, Yaounde for over five and a half years.

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