The Theological University of America
PERSON OF THE MONTH
DR. BENEDICT ATTASON
Bachelor of Arts - Religious Education Major
Master of Arts - Religious Education Major
Doctor of Ministry - Ministry Major


Dr. Benedict Chimaeze Atason was born at Ngwama Village in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria, West Africa, by late Elder Dominic and Juliana Ata Nwogwugwu of Church of Christ Ngwama.

Felicia (nee Ukwuji) was born at Nenu Village in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State. She got married to Benedict on April 1974. They have been contemporary worshippers of our Lord Jesus, blessed with FIVE amazing grown children: GOODHOPE, BOBBY, LORDSON, QUEENETTE, PRINCEWILL, and a beautiful granddaughter ANITA, who are apparently along for the ride too! Thankfully, they are a tightknit family who loves to spend quality time together!

After Benedict's High School, he studied the Bible and Bible related courses at Church of Christ Bible Training College Onicha Ngwa (1972 – 1973); and Religious Education at Teachers’ Training College (High Elementary), Uzuakoli, Abia State.

He was first called to the Ministry in 1972 as student preacher at Church of Christ, Nenu, in Obingwa Local Government Area, Abia State, and has been in active ministry for four decades plus, and devoted a lot of time and his life to ministry and Religious research. He has practiced Evangelism extensively in Aba and localities, in Abia State; and Diobu Church of Christ, Port Harcourt, the capital city of Rivers State, Nigeria, and local congregations in Rivers State for over three decades and half.

At this time Atason combined teaching in the public School, Ovungwu Secondary School, Umuapu, in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area and, Bible Training College, Onicha Ngwa. He also taught Psychology, Hermeneutics, and Church History at Nigerian Institute of Arts and Theological Studies, Onicha Ngwa (Church of Christ para-church institutions in Nigeria), respectively.

In 1975 – 1995 Ben Atason established Churches of Christ at Umuosionyike, Usakaumuofor Umuopara Egbelu, and Azuogwugwu, all in Mgboko Umuanunu, Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State. Besides, he established churches at Azuebie, Omalelu, Isiokpo and Umudiobia in Rivers State, Nigeria.

Later in (1996), he was called by Church of Christ Ngwama to take up the ministerial leadership of the congregation, and he served as resident pulpit preacher for eight years, from where he relocated to Umuahia, Abia State in 2010, to continue his ministry at Church of Christ, Amuzu-Oro Ibeku, Umuahia, the capital city of Abia State.

Atason earned an undergraduate degree (B.A.) in Christian Education May 2003, (M.A.) in Religious Education August 2010, and a Doctorate of Ministry (D.Min.) degree in Ministry August 2016, from Theological University of America (T.U.A.)

Besides he completed Management Studies at Institute of Commerce (I.O.C.) London, and earned Higher Diploma (A.C.I.) in Business Management-June 1986.

He originally studied Religious Education at the Teachers’ College, Uzuakoli, Abia State, and Bible Training College, Onicha Ngwa, Abia State in order to be a Theologian, but he drifted into Business Management Studies with the Institute of Commerce, London, from a sort of incident, and obtained Higher Diploma in Business Management, and Associate Member, Institute of Commerce, London.

Later he found that his true interest is on Religions Education. So on March 1992, he consulted professor Emeritus Wendell Broom from Abiliene Christian University, a renowned American Missionary at Ukpom Abak, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria (site of the first Church of Christ Bible College in Nigeria). Dr. Broom in partnership with his colleague Dr. Thomas Geer from the same University promised to recommend Atason to a University in America that offers educational programs in Ministerial Development and Fulfillment. On Dr. Broom's next trip to Nigeria, he gave him a brochure titled The Theological University of America. When he opened the brochure, he saw the name of Dr. Thomas Geer as one of the Administration Officers in the University and was pleased, greatly excited and encouraged. Ben began the first degree course in 1996, and was conferred Bachelor of Acts (B.A.) degree in Religions Education in 2003.

He continued to work very hard without relenting efforts on his studies following the guidance of Dr. Jim Benton, the President of the University. As the Lord would have it, Chimaeze was conferred Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Religions Education in 2010. On the process of acquiring more knowledge to update his academic status, and having gained considerable experience in Religions Education, he applied for Doctorate Degree in Ministry. It is a pleasant surprise that he was offered a Scholarship for his Doctorate. So he combined his ministry and Doctorate Degree program in Ministry (Education and counseling and leadership/Administration as minors), which he pursued with vigour and total dedication.

Benedict’s Ministry coupled with his Doctorate Degree program was going well and he did not relent.