Pastor Adeboye retires as GO Nigeria
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, on Saturday stunned members of his church that he was retiring from his post as General Overseer Nigeria.
Adeboye Pastor Joshua.O Obayemi, as his his successor, ahead of his 75th birthday on 2 March.
Obayemi, before now the Special Assistant to the General Overseer (SATGO) on Finance, was appointed the new GO at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving at Shimawa, in Ogun State.
Adeboye also appointed Pastor Johnson Odesola, who was the Special Assistant on Administration and Personnel, as the church Secretary Pastor Adeyokunnu as church Treasurer. Adeboye was born on March 2, 1942, in Ifewara, Osun State.
Adeboye had his B.Sc. in Mathematics at University of Nigeria Nsukka, and subsequently got his PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Lagos, and worked as a lecturer in Mathematics at the universities of Lagos and Ilorin, before going into full time priesthood in 1984.
After joining the RCCG in 1973, he began working to translate the sermons of its then Pastor and founder, Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, from Yoruba into English. In 1981, Adeboye was appointed General Overseer of the church.
He took over from Papa Akindayomi, who had died the previous year. For three years he performed the role part-time, still lecturing at Ilorin. He finally gave up his university position to preach full-time. The church, which was not well known prior to Adeboye's ascendance has grown phenomenally, to become Nigeria's biggest, with branches globally in about 190 countries, including more than 14,000 in Nigeria. Adeboye has stated that his aim is to put a church within five minutes of every person on Earth. He married Adenike, now 68 in 1967. She was born on 13th July 1948.