Farewell and Godspeed

Several members of St. Andrew’s Choir, congregation and the Chaplain, the Revd Wendy Hough, met for lunch to bid farewell and to wish every blessing on Dr. Philip Ephraim who was returning to his native Nigeria after over four years in North Cyprus. During his time here Philip studied for and gained a PhD in Communications and Media Management at Girne American University. Following the award of his PhD he was an Assistant Professor in Cyprus International University for one year.

Philip came to North Cyprus in February 2013 to begin his studies at GAU. He quickly found St. Andrew’s Church and became a regular worshipper there from his first days in his new home.

Dr. Philip Ephraim. Photo courtesy of Alastair Simmons

As well as a talented student Philip is also a gifted musician and became active in St. Andrew’s Music Ministry. He is an accomplished violinist, recorder player, trainee organist and has a fine tenor voice which he used to the full in St. Andrew’s choir and the Kyrenia Chamber Choir. For a short time he served as St. Andrew’s Choirmaster in 2015.

Not only was Philip’s service to God shown in his music, he was active in bible study ministry and the Alpha course. He particularly helped and encouraged African students within and outside St. Andrew’s as a spiritual and intellectual mentor.

Philip hopes to pursue an international academic career wherever God leads: in Africa, Asia or Europe.

To wish Philip Godspeed and to say goodbye to a dear friend who will be sorely missed for his many and varied talents, a small luncheon party met in The Hut in Lapta.

May the Lord bless you and keep you;
may the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
and may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace,
now and for ever more.