Married since 1996 to Linda Nguveren (Tor) Abawua. Father of Doochivir, Nguvan, Terhemba, SefaTer and MkoruTer.


B. Th., RTCN (Nig.); M.Th., TCNN (Nig.); PGDE., UMM (Nig.); STM., Pittsburgh (USA); Th.M., Calvin (USA); PhD in New Testament Interpretation., BSU (Nig.).

Pastoral Ministry:

Senior Pastor, NKST Lobi, Makurdi (2013-2016); Assistant Pastor NKST Ahwa (1996-2013; 2016-present).

Cashier, LTSC, Konshisha LGA, (1983-1984). Cashier/Book-keeper, NKST Hospital Mkar, 1985-1990; Teacher of Mathematics, Women School, RTCN Mkar, 1993-1994. Acting Bursar, RTCN, Mkar (1996-1997), Part time Lecturer, ICMS, Mkar (1997-1998); Lecturer II to Senior Lecturer, RTS, Mkar (1995-2013); Director of Refectory Administration, RTS, Mkar (1997-2001); Director, CEP, RTS, Mkar (2001-2002); Director, Evangelism and Chaplaincy, RTS, Mkar (2005-2007); Dean of Student Affairs, RTS, Mkar (2007-2011); Dean, PG School, RTS, Mkar (2011-2013);

He also served as member of many seminary committees. In addition, he was Board member, RTCN, Mkar (1996-1997); Board Member, NKST Hospital, Mkar (2007-2010); Member, NKST Central Education Board (2014- 2017); Board Member, NKST Mission Services (2016- present); Member, RTS Governing Board (2016 - present). He served either as Chaiman, Secretary or member on various NKST Synod Study Committees. He also served as Member, School Based Management Committee (SBMC), Government Girls' College, Makurdi (2014- 2016); Vice Chairman, NKST Makurdi Classis (2013-2016).

He is the author of Gospel of John: Seclected Themes and numerous book chapters and journal articles.

He attended many conferences both academic and Church oriented ones and presented papers in most of them.

Awards Received:

John received many awards spanning from his academic excellence to leadership as well as his philanthropistic works.


In the course of John's studies and other engagements, his feet touched many countries in the world, which includes, USA, Germany, Netherlands, Cyprus, Israel and Egypt.