Pastor Emmanuel Mbakwe
Emmanuel Mbakwe is a Pastor, an apostolic leader, coach and mentor to established and emerging leaders around the world; a published author and adviser to organisations in the Church and non-Church space.
He was until recently the National Leader of the Apostolic Church, UK; one of the world’s foremost evangelical/Pentecostal Movements, successfully completing a two-term tenure of eight years in April 2016. A leader among leaders, Pastor Emmanuel has interacted and worked with civic, community and political leaders at local, national and international levels. In his role he travelled extensively around the UK and other nations of the world, engaging and working with senior leaders from different backgrounds and on various issues.
His installation in August 2008 was an historic occasion, being the first time in the Church’s then ninety-two year history that someone of African heritage had been called into that role. Prior to being called into denominational leadership role, he was part of the apex team in a large and growing Church in central London, where he had, for among other things, overall responsibility for mission and the development of vision and strategy for urban regeneration ministry of the Church.
Over the years he has served in leadership roles in a number of voluntary organisations; for example, as Chairman of Lighthouse Education Service (a community transformation organisation delivering a range of service to children, young people and families); and as Principal of a Bible College. He was until recently Director/Trustee/Deputy Chair of The Education Fellowship (a Multi Academy Trust) with responsibility for twelve schools in Northamptonshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire.
Widely travelled in Europe, North America and Africa, the outworking of Rev Mbakwe’s apostolic ministry is hallmarked by a sharp perspective and deep prophetic insight into the major issues and challenges facing the Church in the fulfilment of its mandate in these end times. He is passionate about raising leaders and mobilising the Church for reaching people with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Emmanuel firmly believes that the Church has to find new ways of staying counter-culturally relevant in today’s society. ‘The church’ he says, ‘must engage and transform the world with the good news of Jesus in a way that is meaningful, credible, and visible’. A key element of his personal vision and desire is to see the body of Christ playing its role in reaching people, transforming lives; raising up an army of totally committed and disciplined followers of the Lord Jesus; with the Church at the heart the process of the process of spiritual and socio-economic transformation of our communities throughout the nations of the world. Life Transformer Ministry (LTM) is an apostolic initiative that is rooted in and committed to the outworking of that vision.
Pastor Emmanuel is married to Helen, who not only complements her husband but also carries her own distinct gifting and ministry, with a focus on intercession and spiritual warfare. They are blessed with four daughters.