Joel S. Billi
Joel S. Billi, Keynote Speaker for the Saturday Afternoon Session, is the current president of Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (Church of the Brethren, Nigeria), elected to this highest office in EYN in April 2016. Before becoming president, Billi was the pastor of the Michika congregation where he served for three years. He and his wife, Salamutu, had to flee Michika in May 2014 when Boko Haram attacked Michika and burned the church. After nine months of displacement he returned to Michika.
He holds a master’s degree in Theology from the Theological College of Northern Nigeria. He was ordained in 1994 and has served in Abuja (Utako) and Maiduguri. He is the father of four children, two sons and two daughters, ranging in age from 25-15. He was born and raised in Hildi, near the EYN headquarters Kwarhi.