Shocking news emanating from the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ogun State, has it on good authority that Pastor Enoch Adeboye has retired as General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria.
Reports attributed to NAN, says, Pastor Adeboye appointed a new General Overseer for the church on Saturday, announcing his retirement, ahead of his 75th birthday which comes up in the next couple of months.
Pastor Joshua Obayemi has been appointed the new General overseer.
Pastor Adeboye who was born on March 2, 1942, in Ifewara, Osun State is a B.Sc holder in mathematics from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He is also a PhD holder in applied mathematics from the University of Lagos.
He is remembered in Unilag as a former Mathematics Lecturer. He went into full-time ministry in 1984.
Pastor Adeboye became a member of RCCG in 1973, and began working as a translator of sermons for then General overseer 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.
Pastor Obayemi was named the new General Overseer of the burgeoning ministry at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving at Shimawa, in Ogun State.
The new General overseer had been the former Special Assistant to the General Overseer on Finance.
Pastor Johnson Odesola who was formerly the Special Assistant on Administration and Personnel was appointed as the church Secretary.
Following his retirement as the General overseer in Nigeria, Pastor Adeboye will continue as the General overseer of RCCG worldwide, while Pastor Obayemi will be General Overseer in Nigeria.