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Bishop Done Peter Dabale (Nigeria Area), Recipient of the Distinguished Peacemaker Award - Africa

General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church

Done Peter Dabale was born April 26, 1942, in Nyagbalang-Yotti, of the Jereng District of Adamawa State, Nigeria, West Africa. His higher education began at the Government Agriculture School in Yola, where he received a Certificate in General Agriculture (1970). He also received a Certificate of Nursing from the Nursing School at Numan (1967) and a diploma in Theology from the Theological College (TCNN) at Bukuru Jos (1974). Later, he traveled to Barneveld College in the Netherlands, where he earned in 1980 an International Diploma in Animal Husbandry. Bishop Dabale continued studies in the fields of agriculture and theology at Alabama University (where a research certificate was granted in 1985) and several other institutions, including the Gbarnga School of Theology in Liberia, from which he received a Certificate in Church Administration in 1980.

Bishop Dabale's work career is as varied as his education. He worked as a nurse, held administrative and teaching positions in the field of agriculture, and held pastoral, teaching, and administrative positions in the church. He served as a teacher at Banyam Bible College (1974 76) and the Kakulu Bible Institute, 1976 77, where he was principal 1977 82. He was District Superintendent of the Muri East District (EUB) in 1982 83, and he did pastoral work in Zing 1980 85 and Yonko, Muri East, 1980 86. Done Dabale was ordained deacon and elder by Bishop Akila Todi. He is the author of Organic Farming, Servant in Faith and Technology, Pilot Project on Animal Production, and Agricultural Development Project. He has served on a number of boards, including those of government and theological institutions of education. He was elected a delegate to the General Conference of 1992 and was serving as General Superintendent of the United Methodist Church, Nigeria, when he was elected to the episcopacy by the West Africa Central Conference on August 14, 1992. The consecration took place in Moyama, Sierra Leone. He is assigned to the Nigeria Area. Bishop Dabale is married to Kerike Christiana Dabale. They have eleven children: Rebecca, Dearsley, Lulah, Maran, Kaka, Wehnam, Dony, Yoknyam, S. Danjuma, Omega, and Sadique

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