After 7 or 8 calls were extended for a second missionary, the Mission Board asked Mike and Mary Thom to come to Nigeria as missionary helpers. They arrived in Port Harcourt on December 7th and left from Lagos on April 6, 2002.
A retirement service was held for Pastor E.E. Essien, who had been trained in the old Synodical Conference mission and had served in the NCLC since shortly after April 1974. At the age of 86 he will continue to serve in various capacities, although not regularly preaching and teaching in the Bible Institute.