The South Sudan Project
A Message from the Director, Bishop Elias Taban


Photo - Bishop TabanMy name is Bishop Elias Taban. I was born in the southern Sudanese town of Yei in May of 1955. Two hours after I was born over 50 men from the Yei police station were paraded disarmed and gunned down by the order of a northern Sudanese police officer. My mother had to wrap me in a blanket, and we escaped to the bush, where I was hidden for three days. At age 13 I was a child soldier in the first Sudanese liberation movement known as Anyanya. In 1978 I accepted Christ when a team of evangelists from Kenya came to Juba, Sudan.

I received a Diploma in Civil Engineering. I also have an advanced Diploma in Theology. I speak five languages: English, Lingala, Arabic, Bari, and Swahili. In 1990 I founded the Presbyterian Church in my province. In 2003 our churches formed a new denomination called the Evangelical Presbyterian Church(EPC). I am currently the National Bishop of EPC. In 2003 I was voted President of SEA, the Sudan Evangelical Alliance. I have also served as chairman of the Yei, Sudan Pastors Association. I am married with five adopted children who had been orphans. My wife supports me in my ministry. She is a trained theologian holding a Diploma in Theology. She heads the largest women’s church organization in the area known as the Christian Women’s Empowerment Program. My wife was previously a 1st Lieutenant. In 2013 I received the Global Citizen Award from the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City.


I believe that God has called me to preach the gospel. The Lord has also called me to feed the hungry, take care of widows and orphans, provide medical care, build schools, drill water wells, and assist the local church with training, bible distribution and church building. Please pray for us and, if the Holy Spirit leads you, partner with us.