Austen Chimdi Ukachi
Austen Chimdi Ukachi was born in Kano on 6th May, 1953.
He spent the first 14 years of his life in Sabongari, Kano where he did his primary school at the Ibo Union Primary School, Kano. He later attended Methodist College Uzuakoli, 1967 to 1973. His secondary school education was interrupted by the Nigeria civil war. After the civil war, he went back to Federal Government College, Kano 1973-1975 to do his higher school education. He later gained admission into the University of Ibadan 1975 to 1978 where he graduated with a BA (Hons.) in History.
At the University, Austen Ukachi was elected the Secretary, Ibadan Varsity Christian Union (IVCU) from 1976 to 1977, and later the President of the Union from 1977 to 1978. During the same period, he was also elected as the Chairman of the Christian Students’ Social Movement of Nigeria, (CSSM now CESM), an inter university Christian students organisation that was founded in 1977 to sensitize and mobilize Christian students to pray for the nation and to engage in social action.
He had a 24 years stint in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry with the NNPC from 1979 before retiring in 2003. During this period, he worked as a Human Resources and Development Officer. From 1986 to 1989, he was attached to the defunct Arthur Andersen Consultants and was among the project team (Commercialization, Reorganisation and Capitalization CRC) charged with the task of reorganizing NNPC during the period. From 1988 to 1989, he was made the Project Team Leader, CRC Human Resources Team attached to Arthur Anderson Consultants.
From 1980 to 1998, he was the Special Assistant to the Group Executive Director Services, NNPC. From 1999 he was appointed the Zonal Manager, NNPC Benin and by 2000 redeployed to Lagos as the Zonal Manager, NNPC Lagos. All through his years in secular employment Austen Ukachi was a bi-vocational minister having been called into the ministry in 1977.
During the 24 years service in the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Austen Ukachi attended about 18 oversees Management courses covering various disciplines: Human Resources Management and Development, Leadership Development, Petroleum Economics and Management, Accounting and Financial Management and Oil and Gas related courses.
Austen Ukachi has been involved in Intercession, Missions, Leadership, and the quest for revival at the national and continental levels. He is one of the pioneers of the contemporary prayer movements in Nigeria and has pioneered the advancement of Intercession and Spiritual warfare in Africa. He was the National Co-ordinator for Prayer, AD 2000 and Beyond Movement and the National Co-ordinator, Global Day of Prayer.
He was the national co-ordinator One Year Prayer for National Transformation (OYP); the Continental Co-ordinator, Strategic Prayer and Intercessory Network (SPIN) for the Movement of National African Initiatives (MANI); the West African Regional Co-ordinator, International Prayer Council (IPC); and an Executive Board Member, International Prayer Council (IPC). He is the current co-ordinator of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) One Year 24/7 prayer project and a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN-NAC). Austen Ukachi is the author of several books including, the History of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Revivals in Nigeria from 1914 to 1990s.
He is the Chairman, Watchman Ministries and Chairman of the Christian Evangelical Social Movement of Nigeria (CESM). He founded He’s Alive Chapel in 1990 and is currently the Senior Pastor and General Overseer. He is a Director of CEAR LTD and also the Chairman, New Fountain Group of Schools Ltd.
He is married to Oluyide Folasade. They got married in 27 June, 1981. The marriage is blessed with four children: Chimdi, Enyinnaya, Adaeze and Oreoluwa.