Pastor Enouch Adejare Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has today retired and will be replaced by Pastor Joseph Obayemi as the leader of the Church in Nigeria.
He announced the decision on Saturday morning.
Adeboye who was said to have appointed Obayemi during a ministers Thanksgiving service on Saturday morning has led the church since 1981 after he was ordained by the church founder, Late Reverend Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi.
Report however says that Pastor Adeboye only relinquished his position as head of the Nigeria church but will remain RCCG’s worldwide overseer, the church has clarified.
According to a statement signed by Leke Adeboye, the clergyman’s last son and personal assistant, the announcement of a new Nigeria overseer was made in compliance with the new legal requirements set up by the Financial Regulations Council for all registered churches, mosques, and CSOs, which stipulate that heads of non-profit organisations like churches now have a maximum period of 20 years to lead their organisations while in retirement.
Such heads are also not permitted to hand over to their families.
Leke Adeboye reiterated that Funsho Odesola, a pastor, will now serve as the new church secretary, Joseph Adeyokunu, another pastor, is the new church treasurer.
He advised all members of RCCG to “understand this new structure and go about their service to God and humanity in holiness and soul winning”.
“We appeal to members to educate people around them and not spread inaccurate information, as Pastor E.A Adeboye remains the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide.”
Obayemi was a deputy in charge of Finance and a member of governing council, before his appointment.