The acronym “NKST” stands for Nongu u Kristu u I Ser u Sha Tar, translated in English: The Universal Reformed Christian Church. The acronym, from 1957 to June 2012 stood for Nongu u Kristu u Ken Sudan Hen Tiv, translated in English: The Church of Christ in the Sudan Among the Tiv, which was the name given to young indigenous Church by their founders, the Sudan United Mission. The new name (Universal Reformed Christian Church) was suggested by members of the Church and adopted by the NKST Synod of July, 2012.
NKST Church was founded by the Dutch Reformed Mission of South Africa on the 17th day of April, 1911. The NKST became an indigenous Church on the 9th of January, 1957, when it became self-supporting, self-governing and self-propagating.
NKST is one the dominant Churches in Tivland and Benue State of Nigeria. It also spans through Nigeria and Chad with at least one organized Congregation of the Church found in almost every state in Nigeria.