Ahead of his 75th birthday in March this year,The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, on Saturday appointed a new General Overseer (GO) for the church as he retires.
Reports have it that the new GO is Pastor Joseph Osuolale Obayemi as the GO (Nigeria) while the new church Secretary is Pastor Johnson Folorunsho Odesola and the treasurer is Pastor Joseph Adeyokunu.
Pastor Adeboye who revealed that he remains the GO (Worldwide) for the church which has presence in over 192 countries in the world added that new GO – Obayemi will oversee the Nigerian arm of the church, adding that, “this will also affect other General Overseers including David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church aka Winners’Chapel; Kumuyi of Deeper Life; Daniel Olukoya of Mountain of Fire Ministries, among others.”
He described the new GO as an experienced administrator who has been prepared for years by God for the task. Prior to his appointment as the new General Overseer for RCCG, Nigeria Obayemi’s has been part of the mission’s Salary Review Committee as well as member of the church’s In-Land Mission, which has also represented RCCG at Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) activities across the country. Further reports says that Obayemi was appointed the new GO at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving at Shimawa, in Ogun State. The newly appointed GO was the former Special Assistant to the General Overseer (SATGO) on Finance.
Notable things about Pastor Joseph Obayemi
The new Head, Pastor Joseph Obayemi was picked from Lagos state, as he was the clergyman in charge of Lagos Province 28, Region 2.As one of the prominent ministers of the assembly, he has been one of the decision makers as a member of the governing council of RCCG.He also seems to be a trustworthy fellow to have been picked by Pastor Adeboye as he was a deputy in charge of Finance. The incoming GO also headed the board of governors, House fellowship of the RCCG body. His selection may also have been based on the fact that he was a special assistant to Daddy GO on Finance Pastor In Charge of Region (PICR) in the region where he was the pastor. In 2015, he laid the foundation of the place of worship of the province, although it was a temporary site. Obayemi was appointed at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving at Shimawa, in Ogun State. He is now the General Overseer of RCCG Nigeria as Pastor Adeboye remains the Worldwide General Overseer.
He is a confidant of Pastor Adeboye and at many times represented Daddy GO at programmes. He is happily married with children Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye declared that 2017 will be a “Year of Suprises”. Little did members of the church know that the surprises will begin with them.
Pastor Adeboye who was ordained as General Overseer (most senior pastor) of RCCG in 1981 affirms that the new GO, Pastor Obayemi will not stop him from carrying out this functions or drive him away from the camp.
As spiritual head Adeboye will still be allowed to conduct RCCG’S ‘Holyghost’ services as well as visit RCCG churches.
Order of Succession in England and America In the Church of England only adultery and divorce can disqualify Charles or any other person in line of succession from the queen. This is so meticulously planned that when these conditions are met, the next person takes over, not only as the King of England or the head of the Anglican Church as the defender of faith according to Parliament decree. UIn this way, he fills the role given to the history he shares with the church of England.
In America, where the Apostolic Faith predominates, a person taking over the leadership has to be the next in line to the retiring Bishop. This is so because the Bishops are the best organ through which the Church continues in its apostolic voyage on earth. This is indeed transmitted from the Apostles by each generation laying hands on the in-coming Bishop or successor.