NEWS: Pastor Adeboye retires as Redeemed Church Nigeria Overseer.. Meet his successor


Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the General
Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church
of God (RCCG) has stepped down as Nigeria
Pastor Adeboye, on Saturday named a new
Nigeria Overseer, Pastor J.O Obafemi, as his
successor, ahead of his 75th birthday on 2
Pastor Joshua Obayemi was appointed the
new NO at the Annual Ministers
Thanksgiving at
Shimawa, in Ogun State. He was the former
Special Assistant to the General Overseer
(SATGO) on Finance.
Adeboye also appointed Pastor Johnson
Odesola, who was the Special Assistant on
Administration and Personnel, as the
church Secretary.

Adeboye remains the General Overseer of
the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Adeboye was born on March 2, 1942, in
Ifewara, Osun State. Pastor 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

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