Biography

Rev J.T. Aernyi Biography

Reverend J.T. Aernyi JP, a distinguished Nigerian gospel music artist, was born on January 11, 1966, in Tse Ayua, Mbakyongo, Buruku Local Government of Benue State. The firstborn among six siblings, he stems from a family deeply rooted in Christianity, guided by the principles instilled by his late father, Elder Aernyi Ajija JP, and late mother, Ngukpen Aernyi.

His educational odyssey began at CRI (Christian Religious Instructions) Igyo, progressing to NKST Primary School Zaki Biam and later to Mbapuun Grammar School Zaki Biam. Reverend J.T. Aernyi JP continued his academic pursuit at Reformed Bible College Harga and Reformed Theological Seminary Mkar, earning C.RED. and B.TH degrees. Further studies led him to the University of Calabar for a B.A. degree in Religious Studies and the University of Mkar for a PGD in Public Administration.

Ordained as a minister of the gospel on February 14, 1997, Reverend J.T. Aernyi JP served in various capacities within NKST consistories, making significant contributions to the Education department. His commitment to public service extended to the role of Special Adviser on Religious Affairs and Civil Society in Governor Ortom’s administration in Benue State.

Married to Atese Comfort Ashifa Aernyi, Reverend J.T. Aernyi JP is the proud father of six children and eleven grandchildren. His musical journey, rooted in childhood, was inspired by his musically gifted parents, who were skilled singers and traditional church instrumentalists. Growing up, he actively participated in CRI classes, focusing on singing. His musical influences spanned gospel artists like Panam Percy Paul, Jim Reeves, Dom Williams, Ann Mker, Mike Jerusalem, and Gideon Unom, as well as reggae legends such as Eric Donaldson, Lucky Dube, Bob Marley, and Peter Tosh.

Reverend J.T. Aernyi JP’s musical repertoire is diverse, predominantly featuring reggae and country genres. With approximately 35 self-composed songs and 28 collections, his music covers a wide array of themes, from weddings and Christmas to consolations and evangelical messages.

In addition to his musical contributions, Reverend J.T. Aernyi JP served as the Director of NKST Choir Ministry for six years, showcasing his multifaceted talents within both the religious and musical realms. His life and work stand as a testament to the harmonious blend of faith, education, and artistic expression, leaving an indelible mark on the cultural and spiritual landscape of Benue State and beyond.

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