Esther Ibanga is the senior pastor of Jos Christian Missions International in Jos, Nigeria. She is the first woman to have founded a Christian ministry in her state, and is a prominent religious and opinion leader.
Ibanga has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration. She worked with the Central Bank of Nigeria for 16 years, where she rose to the position of manager until she left in July 2001 to give full attention to her role in Jos Christian Missions International.
The ministry has grown and today has founded several other ministries, including Wiphans International Foundation, a Zambian-based nongovernmental organization that provides biblical teaching, skills training, and education to widows and orphans in Zambia, Africa. Ibanga is also a member of the Global Apostolic Impact Network, a network of churches, ministries, and businesses, founded by Tunde Bakare, her mentor.
Additionally, Ibanga anchors a television program called This Present Truth, which challenges listeners to search for truth concerning unbiblical teachings and practices in the church. She also is a copresenter of a radio program, Home Front, that discusses issues affecting the family as well as relationships. Ibanga recently organized a women’s conference in Cape Town, South Africa, called Women of His Power.
Ibanga organized the 100,000 Women March in reaction to the Dogo-Nahawa massacre in Jos state in 2011, which targeted women and children. Shortly afterward, Muslim women organized a similar march, and Ibanga realized that it was time for women from the two communities to reach out to one another in an attempt to resolve the conflict through dialogue.
Ibanga founded Women Without Walls in cooperation with Muslim counterparts, and together they are calling on men and government to settle their differences.