United Kingdom

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

The former COCIN President Rev. Dr. Soja Bewarang and the then General Secretary Rev. Obed Dashan were at UK in November 2012 to meet and encourage the brethren and missionary partners.

The pioneering work to establish the church in UK  is being led by Rev. and Mrs. Kefas Amos Tangan.

Rev. Tangan was born on the 8th of November 1963 to Mr. Amos Kankani Tangan and Mrs. Helfa Nakwar Amos in Mangu, Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State, Nigeria. He accepted Christ as his Lord and Saviour in November 1979 and was baptized in 1980 by Rev. Alexander Lar.

Rev. Kefas started his educational pursuit at the EKAN Primary School Mangu from 1971-1977. After this he proceeded to the prestigious Boys Secondary School Gindiri from 1977-1982. He was at the Advanced Teachers College Zaria from 1985-1988 for his National Certificate of Education (NCE). He proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University for 1988-1990 and obtained a Bachelor of Education (B.ED).

From 1999-2001, he went to the Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN) for his Bachelor of Divinity  (B.D). He returned to the same school from 2005-2007 where he obtained a Master of Theology  (M.TH) specializing in Systematic Theology.

Rev. Kefas Amos was called into the ministry on the 1st of June, 2001 and was ordained on the 8th of February, 2004.


Martin Kavanagh, a native Briton and minister of the Gospel from Bolton, Greater Manchester, was ordained a COCIN minister at a ceremony held at Acton, West London.

Martin Kavanagh was born on 28th October 1963 in the UK. He is married to his university sweetheart, Caroll Michelle Kavanagh and are blessed with three children (Daniel John, Thomas James and Rebekah Elizabeth). Together with his wife, the Kavanaghs have been practicing Christians for the past 30 years and have served God in several capacities both locally and internationally. Martin’s most recent appointment was as the UK/European Director of the missionary group called Pioneers (i.e., the British Branch of the Sudan United Mission (SUM), which later became known as Action Partners).

Having now been ordained, Martin shall look to commence a COCIN church in the Northern part of England (around Manchester).

He shall work closely with the Pioneer Pastor of the COCIN UK project,  Rev. Kefas Tang’an, to proselytize the Gospel, not just to African migrants, but to all and sundry.