NIGERIA’S LEADING LIGHTS OF THE GOSPEL

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NIGERIA’S LEADING LIGHTS OF THE GOSPEL: Revolutionaries in Worldwide Christianity
“Femi Adelegan tells the stories of great revivals spanning throughout the breadth and length of the nation, all brought about through prayers, obedience to God’s laws, and the dedication of many of these great servants of God produced by Nigeria.” – Gen. (Dr) Yakubu Gowon, GCFR; Former Head of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“This book is ecumenical in its selection of both the stories and the personalities. The author has dealt with the subjects in a readable, concise, balanced, objective, and elucidatory manner. I am sure this book will meet the needs of students and teachers of history of Christianity in Nigeria. It will also serve as a handy reference for Ministers of Religion as well as Christians of all denominations who desire to know more about their chuches and church leaders.” – Retired Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu of the Methodist Church of Nigeria.

NUGGETS
“There are no theatrics in our church ……because from my background, I don’t like anything that is turned into a show or drama. Some pastors like the drama rather than the results. I want the results rather than the drama. I have also looked at the Ministry of Jesus Christ and I want to as much as possible follow the Ministry of Jesus Christ. So in the interaction and relationship with people, and the life I live, I want it to be the life of Christ. I want the Jesus’ type of ministry. I don’t want anything fake”. – Pastor WF Kumuyi, General Superintendent, Deeper Life Bible Church

“”My life is a proof of the fact that God can lift up a man from the dungeon and cause him to sit among princes. I came from a background of nothing, raised in a Church that was almost nothing. But then, I am what I am today by the grace of God.”- Pastor EA Adeboye, General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God

“Cardinal Francis Arinze’s preaching revealed a great familiarity with the Word of God, seen in the context of the living Church from the Fathers to the Catechism of the Catholic Church – and always contextualized in the readings and in the liturgy. You used the right words.” – Pope John Paul 11

I am a very simple person, Humility is my motto. No one knows tomorrow. I consider my office a position that God in His infinite mercy has bestowed on me as a responsibility which in due time I must give account to Him alone on how I fared in it. Probably peace-making is a gift which God gave to me. This too is a responsibility which I must be careful how I deal with it.” – Prelate Emeritus Sunday Mbang.

“The whole problem of homosexuality is not just about people who are homosexuals. It’s about church leaders who are upturning the true understanding of the scripture. They are liberalizing the scripture. That is the major challenge we faced and we still face.” – Archbishop Peter Jasper Akinola; former Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria.

“I think when God wants to use you, He picks you from somewhere. He does not pick those who do not have a bad past. All the money I had, I preferred to smoke with it than eat or buy clothes. That was how bad I was” – Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor – National President, Christian Association of Nigeria.

“I had just known Christ. My mother came forward, laid prostrate in front of me and pleaded: “Ayo, you are throwing away everything I have lived for. You are putting your youthful life at risk.” She continued: “Don’t you see the future ahead of you, and all possibilities? Don’t you consider what will happen to me?” She just went on and on, and I could not control my tears because she was sobbing as she pleaded with me to reconsider my decision to belong to Christ. But the die had been cast, and there was no going back. I had tasted the Lord Jesus Christ and found him sweeter than honey.” – Retired Archbishop Lawrence Ayo Ladigbolu of the Methodist Church of Nigeria.

“There is a mandate of God on Nigeria that is unequalled and one of the beauties of our mandate is that it is similar to that of South Korea. It is borne out of prayer. Nigeria is a praying nation. It came out of pain, suffering and the harshness of the economy, but it has toughened our people and made them to be God-ward. I live in Europe but I would rather have the God of Nigeria than the godlessness of Europe. – Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, Senior Pastor, Kingsway International Christian Centre.

” “The early disciples wielded the authority of the name of Jesus and the Lord was with them confirming the Word with signs and wonders. “This is the enablement and grace God has mercifully given to Nigerian ministers of God who are preaching His message in all parts of the world”. – Bishop Francis Wale Oke, Presiding Bishop, The Sword of the Spirit Ministries.

“Somebody once asked me how we get things done so cheaply. I answered that we do not do it unless it is commanded by God. And most of the things He commands do not appeal to commonsense.” And the Lord has ordered that we must “keep sowing the seed, (the word) and keep the grass green and the sheep will come to lie down there, for he maketh me to lie down in green pasture. It is interesting to note that God still speaks today.” – Bishop David Oyedepo, Presiding Bishop, Living Faith Church.

“The MFM does not pray against human beings but against spirits that give power or support to human beings to do evil. Although the spirits do not die, one could render their power useless with prayers”. Dr. D.K. Olukoya; General Overseer, The Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries.

“Nigerians are a deeply religious people and even though the Christian faith is not indigenous to our people (indeed, the gospel was first preached on our soil by a Methodist Missionary – Rev Thomas Birch Freeman, on 24th September 1842, in Badagry, less than two centuries ago) – it is an undisputed fact that the fervour and conviction with which many of our citizens embrace and practice Christianity is remarkable, to put it mildly”. – His Eminence, Dr Sunday Ola Makinde, former Prelate, Methodist Church of Nigeria.

“The Bishop Ajayi Crowther University identifies itself in a very special way with the first black man all over the world to be bishop in the Church of God, Anglican Communion. Ajayi Crowther was a great pioneer in many fields. He was a keen evangelist and great man of God, who became a distinguished missionary. The most travelled missionary Africa ever known, Bishop Crowther, was the pioneer, architect and builder of formal education having opened the first school for girls in Onitsha in 1856 and later introduced primary and secondary school education wherever his Agency – The Church Missionary Society, established its presence”. – University named after Bishop Ajayi-Crowther.

“Joseph Ayo Babalola and his team of aggressive prayer warriors entered forbidden forests, silenced demons that demanded worship and paralyzed deep-rroted anti-gospel activities. Sometimes beginning from the highest places, they openly disgraced satanic agents, emptied hospitals by the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ, rendered witchdoctors jobless and started the indigenous Holy-Ghost filled church in Nigeria. So far and we stand to be corrected, none has equaled, let alone surpass this humble brother in the field of aggressive evangelism in Nigeria” – Dr. D.K. Olukoya, General Overseer, Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries.
“God’s dealing with Prophet Moses Orimolade, rightly credited with being the major founder of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church in 1925 is one thing; the way in which the Hand of God weaned his ministry from all earthly encumbrances is quite another matter. This was a man whose four active and uninterrupted years of leading the church made so much unparalleled impact that most of the outstanding ‘born again churches’ of today, indeed Pentecostal movements in Nigeria sprung from his pioneering efforts” – Prophet Olalere Fagbola.

“Josiah Ositelu, tagged “a modern Elijah” started to manifest strange but positive features while he was still a toddler. In his early years, young Josiah would be seen ministering to his peers, relating to them what their past and their future held in stock for them. These predictions were always found to be accurate and precise in the lives of the recipients. His parents raised a great objection to this as they thought that this strange behaviour of their child must have been influenced by the negative power of the wizards. As a result of this, they tried all they could to check him but all their efforts proved abortive as God was at work”

“Revd Moses Ladejo Stone was seen to have operated in the gospel rankings of icons like Charles Haddon Spurgeon, a British Baptist preacher who made an appreciable mark among gospel preachers such that he was named the ‘Prince of Preachers'”- S.G. Pinnock, Editor of Foreign Missions Journal; 25th August, 1901.

“To T.L. Osborne, late Benson Andrew Idahosa was ‘Africa’s greatest ambassador of faith to the world. On the part of Mrs. Gordon Lindsay, Benson’s spiritual mother and president of Christ for The Nations Inc., “Idahosa’s burden for souls, his ministry of healing and miracles, even to the point of raising the dead, demonstrates that he is especially called of the Lord this end time”.

‘NIGERIA’S LEADING LIGHTS OF THE GOSPEL: Revolutionaries in Worldwide Christianity’, a star “studded book authored by a veteran journalist, public administrator and church leader makes a diligent study to unearth the mysterious persistence of God’s calling, the often stubborn resistance of the called and the eventual surrender and the justification of the calling; in a format reminiscent of the Book of Acts of the Apostles in the Bible, and Roberts Liardon’s best seller: GODS GENERALS. The new book takes readers through biographical accounts of how the divine Potter transforms ordinary clay into substance of eternal value in His display of power in glory. It tells stories of how leading servants of God of Nigerian origin obtained mercies from their Maker, and got transformed into carriers of supernatural powers, going all over the world doing good, healing the sick and releasing those bound by the devil; just as Jesus the Redeemer taught and commanded.

A most significant achievement of this book is the highlighting of Nigeria’s indelible impact on global Christianity and the country’s unique African imprint on Christian spirituality and evangelistic outreach. Christianity in Nigeria has not only produced shining lights, but the Church in Nigeria has both blessed, enriched, as well as challenged World Christianity in the areas of self propagation, self government, creative adaptability, and fidelity to the faith once delivered to the Saints. Whether they will admit it or not, the 43 Christian icons whose lives and ministries are chronicled in the new book, and about whom an aura of genuiness exist. Their activities reveal great spiritual resources and Christian grace which can inspire and challenge many others to love the Lord more, and to serve Him with greater zeal and devotion, so that more and more disciples can be raised to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world. Apart from the rather turgid details, the language and style employed by the author will retain readers’ attention just as the remarkable exploits done by the Lord through the hands of His servants will encourage the body of Christ. The similarity between those miraculous acts recorded in the bible and the ones documented in NIGERIA’S LEADING LIGHTS OF THE GOSPEL goes a long way to confirm that indeed Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. The author highlights prophecies that NIGERIA has been divinely positioned to play a big role to play in the second coming of Jesus Christ and that the whole world will, in the nearest future, struggle to obtain entry visas into NIGERIA.

Like the heroes of faith who made the Honor Roll in Hebrews Chapter Eleven, and like the African Fathers of the Early Church after the Apostolic Age, like Tertulian, Clement, Origen, Cyprian, Athanasius and Augustine, our Nigeria’s Shining Lights, both militant and triumphant have now been exposed to the gaze of the Church ” local, national and universal. The book is ecumenical in its selection of both the stories and the personalities and the author has dealt with the subjects in a readable, concise, balanced, objective, and elucidatory manner and the book meets the needs of students and teachers of history of Christianity. It also serves as a handy reference for Ministers of Religion as well as Christians of all denominations.

The 543 page book, divided into three major parts brings us into the private lives of 43 Nigerians who are qualified, by reason of gracious election to carry the torch of the gospel beyond their living rooms into the world at large by winning souls into the kingdom of God and putting Nigeria on the global map of Christian evangelism. The first part, CHURCHES AND WAVES OF REVIVAL IN NIGERIA, gives an over view of the history of Christianity and the church in Nigeria. Drawing extensively from archival materials and review of relevant literary works, the author examines the various incidences of cultural shock and social intolerance precipitated by the advent of Christianity to Nigeria in the 15the and 16th century. He goes further to explain historical incidents and spiritual under currents which either promoted or hindered the growth of the new religion in certain parts of Nigeria. The role of the school as a tool of evangelism in those earlier days as well as the leverages provided for this growth by the predominant social and economic factors. It gives readers a glimpse into the doctrines, leadership structure and succession challenges of most of these early churches.

The second part from where the book derives its title gives a biographical account of 30 ecumenical personalities whose foot prints have been visible in the annals of church history in at various times and in various parts of the geographical entity called Nigeria. Although a good number of these clergies had been born into Christian homes and grew up in environment where the bible was not a forbidden book, it is evident from the insight provided in this book that it was not until much later in their lives that they actually encountered the saving powers of God and became vessels unto honour. From the story of a Matthew, who met the Lord Jesus in a state of drunkenness, to the Ben who loved to embarrass pastors because they were too noisy and an atheistic George, who would rather choose to believe the theories of Evolution propounded by Charles Darwin, the story of transformation from sin to salvation appears in dramatic forms in the lives of His servants. Like the story of Peter the fisherman in the book of Luke chapter 5 verses 1″11, many of today’s leading lights of the gospel met Jesus in their state of frustration. Section 3 is sub”titled THE FORERUNNERS AND PATRIARCHS. It chronicles the life and ministry of 13 Generals of God who had all gone to be with the Lord. The author appropriately calls them fore”runners their stories of exploits in kingdom work reinforce the larger theme of lightening up the darkness of the world. While some of them like Rev. Moses Ladejo Stone, Elder Jacob Kehinde Coker and Remi Emmanuel Ajayi Dahunsi can be said to be relatively unknown in contemporary church history, others like the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, Rev. Samuel Bilewu Oschoffa, Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi and Apostle Joseph Ayodele Babalola, Prophet Moses Orimolade, Bishop Ajayi Crowther, Revd Emmanuel Ajayi Dahunsi and Prophet Josiah Ositelu, have names that still ring a bell as a result of the flourishing ministries they left behind.

The despair and gloom which ruled these lives prepared the ground for the net breaking touch of God which makes their life history worth reading. Like Peter, these men and women have been called to abandon their noble professional expertise in Medicine, Academics, Architecture, Law, Journalism etc. for a nobler calling of turning men back to their creator from the destructive path which Satan has drawn for a large part of humanity. Of course, many of these characters did not enter into their canonical office without a few faltering steps; but again like Peter, some of them had cause to doubt the purpose of their calling and felt miserably sorry at some point in the journey. But then, the one who prayed for Peter to be restored is an eternal advocate whose gift and calling are without repentance.

Attention would not but be specially focused on the aspects that touch on conversion of each of these servants of God. The author’s narrative on these men of God drew mainly from online sources as well as accounts of living associates of the ‘patriarchs’. Similar to the experiences of the living legends of faith, the Almighty God met these vessels in various dramatic ways. One of them who eventually became a big terror to the kingdom of darkness was initially a hater of the church who met Jesus Christ on a day he attempted to humiliate a pastor in his neighborhood. He was the man reputed to have challenged global witches and wizards to a duel and came victorious to the glory of the Lord of Hosts. One trait which seems to mark out the ‘patriarchs’ from most of the ‘living legends’ was the Spartan of life which the former lived as well as the seemingly crude discipline they enforced among the brethren. The book recounts the story of how the founder of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (the largest Christian Assembly in the world today) Late Rev. Josiah Akindayomi administered corporal punishment such as caning erring pastors or asking them to undertake punishments like sweeping church auditorium. The fortitude with which the forbear bore what could be considered as personal losses as well as the strength of character in the face of persecution testify to the sufficient grace of God for all those who agree to carry the cross and forsake all for the love of Christ.

It is very sobering to imagine the great patience of our Lord who stood at the door of the hearts of many of today’s great preachers like Pastor E.A Adeboye, Pastor William Kumuyi, Most Revd Peter Akinola, Prelate Sunday Mbang, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, Bishop David Oyedepo, Bishop Wale Oke, Pastor Sunday Adelaja and Pastor Chris Oyakhilome; knocking for so long, expecting a positive answer. What a compassionate Redeemer we have in Jesus and the Holy Spirit who will keep waiting on some drunkard, womanizer, cheat and blasphemer to accept the call and become a mighty tool in depopulating the kingdom of darkness. Ironically, when some of these great men eventually decided to answer the call, the world around them mocked and lamented the great loss. Many of them were ostracized, castigated and even cursed by parents and other loved ones who felt sad that a very promising career was being ruined by a fanatical faith.

The book reveals a true life account of an encounter of God’s people with witches. At one of his ministrations, Bishop Francis Wale Oke recounted how witches in London, United Kingdom decided to fast to accomplish their evil desire of disrupting church services held at Kensington Temple (then pastored by late Wyn Lewis) on the grounds that they were being disturbed by the propagation of the word of God. Wyn Lewis had to ask the congregation to also fast and pray harder against the witches for the people of God to be victorious! This occurrence aptly lends credence to the need for effective fervent prayers as asserted by another servant of God, Dr. Chris Kwakpovwe asserts that “some of your secret enemies declare evil fasting programs just to turn your life into a hard, barren and dry ground! There are secret powers that want you to weep! Others want you to suffer shame, stagnation and demotion.” But why? The answer, as provided by Dr. Kwakpovwe is that God has programmed the world such that “if there are no battles to fight, nobody will make heaven!” For those who belong to God, especially carriers of the covenant, divine protection is assured as God would always move to defend those who belong to Him. (Job 5:19″27 and Daniel 3). Also Pastor Abimbola Adetuberu, one of Nigeria’s foremost female preachers noted that spiritual negligence could be very costly. According to her, “the throne is actually a comfort zone, but it attracts the opposition; because success attracts enemies. Nobody fights a failure. Esther understood this, which was why she was able to fast alongside others”. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo of the Kingsway International Christian Centre, the largest church in western Europe asserts that ” an evidence that makes interesting reading is that every large Church across Africa is pastored by a Nigerian. The largest gathering of Christians in one place on a monthly basis is the prayer meeting at the Redemption Camp in Lagos, Nigeria. And then the largest Christian gathering every December holds also at the Redemption Camp where Pastor Enoch Adeboye is at the head of the congregation. The largest Church in Ghana, the largest Church in Kenya, and the largest churches in several parts of the world are pastored by Nigerians. The pastor of the largest Church in Eastern Europe, Sunday Adelaja is a Nigerian. The largest Church in Western Europe is the KICC”. He continues that “there is a move of God in Nigeria. Now the strongest, fastest growing church in South Africa is led by Nigerians. The ministry of Chris Oyakhilome has shaken the South African belt. There is a mandate of God on Nigeria that is unequalled and one of the beauties of our mandate is that it is similar to that of South Korea. It is borne out of prayer. Nigeria is a praying nation. Yes, it came out of pain, suffering and the harshness of the economy but it has toughened our people and made them to be God “ward”. On the whole, the very informative book has done an uncommon job of providing rare insights into the life and ministry of many of the foremost apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in Nigeria. It has documented the contributions of Nigeria and the black race to global evangelism and end time revival. The author has not only enriched our library, he has also and perhaps more importantly, enriched people’s faith in the saving, healing, delivering and protecting powers of Jesus Christ.

PREFACE
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was unambiguous in His description of the Christian as “the light of the world”. He was also unapologetic when he commanded His disciples to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Mathew 5: 14, 15)No doubt, this is the biblical foundation for Femi Adelegan’s choice of title for his latest compendium on the history and personalities of Christianity in Nigeria.
Apart from his accurate story telling about the earliest missionary adventure in Nigeria, the author captured in a whistle stop style, the history of most of the well known Christian denominations in the country without any prejudice about size, age or nomenclature. He did not omit the beginning wave of revival, and actually celebrated the exploits of the pioneers and their offspring whose eternal footprints have been left on the sand of our time. The writing is lucid, and the backgrounder provided will serve as a quick aid to the reader’s identification of the rock from which the giants of faith have been hewned.

One other significant achievement of this book is the ability of Femi Adelegan to highlight Nigeria’s indelible impact on global Christianity and our unique African imprint on Christian spirituality and evangelistic outreach. Christianity in Nigeria has not only produced shining lights, but the Church in Nigeria has both blessed, enriched, as well as challenged World Christianity in the areas of self propagation, self government, creative adaptability, and fidelity to the faith once delivered to the Saints

Many people achieve distinction and reach great heights in life through notable contributions; some to the arts, others as teachers or leaders in some other professions. The men whom we are referring to as “great” would be the first to disclaim greatness. But it is not unbiblical to ascribe greatness to those who have achieved or contributed in some special way to the world in which we live, or those whose works and lives have marked them out as trailblazers, icons or legends. These are the persons who have not only lived but who have also made a difference in one way or another. Leading Lights of the Gospel concerns itself with men of this stature.

Whether they will admit it or not, these Christian icons about whom an aura of genuiness exist reveal great spiritual resources and Christian grace which can inspire and challenge many others to love the Lord more, and to serve Him with greater zeal and devotion so that more and more disciples can be raised to spread scriptural holiness throughout our land and our world.

It is clear to me that meeting these men at various and under varying circumstances, has resulted in some of the choicest, most beautiful and enriching experiences of the author’s life and christian pilgrimage. And Femi Adelegan has conveyed within these pages that which he has experienced, so that you likewise may be helped and encouraged to become a true “shining light.”

Like the heroes of faith who made the Honor Roll in Hebrews Chapter Eleven, and like the African Fathers of the Early Church after the Apostolic Age, like Tertulian, Clement, Origen, Cyprian, Athanasius and Augustine, our Nigeria’s Shining Lights, both militant and triumphant have now been exposed to the gaze of the Church ” local, national and universal.

Only time determines true heroes. It is through time that we judge their actions, and it is also with time that we feel the effect of their deeds. We pray that all of these “Shining Lights” still with us, will continue to shine brighter and brighter without being soiled or derailed. May Christ’s abundant power deliver them from the “pride of grace” and enable them and others aspiring to be like them, to FINISH STRONG.

This book is ecumenical in its selection of both the stories and the personalities. The author has dealt with the subjects in a readable, concise, balanced, objective, and elucidatory manner. I am sure this book will meet the needs of students and teachers of history of Christianity in Nigeria. It will also serve as a handy reference for Ministers of Religion as well as Christians of all denominations who desire to know more about their churches and church leaders.

Femi Adelegan has “written the vision and made it bold”. Let all who read it act fast to join the trail of shining lights of the gospel.

His Grace, Most Rev. Ayo Ladigbolu
Retired Archbishop of Ilesa, Methodist Church Nigeria

FOREWORD
It is worth noting that this book under review titled ‘Nigeria’s Leading Lights of the Gospel’ is indeed a compendium of blessing and calls for celebration of God’s grace and mercy over our nation, Nigeria. It is also worthy of note that by the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit, the author of this book was able to identify Nigeria as one of the prominent nations in the world to have produced notable and credible preachers of the gospel.

He tells the stories of great revivals spanning throughout the breadth and length of the nation, all brought about through prayers, obedience to God’s laws, and the dedication of many of these great servants of God produced by Nigeria.
I applaud and commend the author of the book, Femi Adelegan, for his deep biblical insights of how many of these ministers of the gospel became God’s favorite vessels in propagating the gospel and enthroning righteousness in the nation.

The ministers are likened to, as servants of old in the Bible who walked faithfully and worthily with God. The author further illustrates how God has used these “Servants” over the years as potent instruments to revive His Church in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.

I strongly commend and recommend the “Leading Lights of the Gospel” be prayerfully read by all Church leaders, particularly the young and upcoming Christian leaders, Missionaries, Evangelists and the lay Church members.

The book is a witness of God’s love and grace of God to men who are prepared to walk with Him to advance His Kingdom here on earth.

Blessed Reading,

Gen. Dr. Yakubu Gowon, GCFR
Chairman, Nigeria Prays
Former Head State & Commander”in”Chief of the
Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Dedication
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Nigeria: Political Arrangement and the Growth of Christianity

Table of Contents
Dedication
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Nigeria: Political Arrangement and the Growth of Christianity

SECTION ONE
Churches and Waves of Revivals in Nigeria

SECTION TWO
LEADING LIGHTS OF THE GOSPEL (LIVING)
” Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye
” Pastor William Folorunsho Kumuyi
” Pastor Joseph Ayodele Oritsejafor
” Cardinal Francis Arinze
” Most Revd Peter Jasper Akinola
” Most Revd Joseph Abiodun Adetiloye
” Prelate Emeritus Sunday Mbang
” Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo
” Prelate Emeritus Sunday Ola Makinde
” Archbishop Lawrence Sanda Ayo Ladigbolu
” Revd Samuel Titilola Oladele Akande
” Pastor Matthew Asimolowo
” Bishop Francis Wale Oke
” Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan
” Bishop Mike Okonkwo
” Revd Uma Ukpai
” Archbishop Margaret Benson”Idahosa
” Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
” Pastor Sunday Adelaja
” Pastor Daniel Kolawole Olukoya
” Revd George Adegboye
” Prophet Samson Ayorinde
” Revd Samuel Akinbode Sadela
” Prophet Samuel Kayode Abiara
” Revd Mike Oye
” Prophet Timothy Oluwole Obadare
” Prophet Gabriel Olubunmi Fakeye
” Prophet Theophilus Oluwasanu Olabayo

SECTION THREE
THE FORE”RUNNERS AND PATRIARCHS
” Bishop Samuel Ajayi”Crowther
” Revd. Moses Ladejo Stone
” Elder Jacob Kehinde Coker
” Apostle Joseph Ayodele Babalola
” Prophet Moses Orimolade Tunolase
” Prophet Josiah Ositelu
” Revd. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi
” Archbishop Benson Andrew Idahosa
” Evangelist Timothy Aremu Iyanda
” Revd James Abayomi Boyejo
” Revd. Emmanuel Ajayi Dahunsi
” Revd Samuel Bilewu Joseph Oschoffa”
” Apostle David Olulana Babajide

FEMI ADELEGAN
AUTHOR
The author, Femi Adelegan is a Nigerian child of God who is also a church leader, public administrator, information manager and publicist. Adelegan is an ordained leader (Deacon) at the Christ Life Church, an arm of the Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Ibadan, founded by Bishop Francis Wale Oke, a popular Nigerian Pentecostal leader. Adelegan has for the past two decades been deeply involved in church activities. He is the author of notable publications including: ‘Governance: An Insider’s Reflections’ (2009, 2012); ‘The Press Secretary’ (1998); The Breakthough (2004); Salient Speeches (2005); and Udofia: The Giant Strides. (1994). He is the Editor of ‘From The Treasures of the Heart’ (2006). For most of the 1990s through the turn of the millennium, (1994″2000) Femi Adelegan served as an image manager and spokesman to four successive governors of Osun State, Nigeria. He also served (2003″2010) as Chief Private Secretary/Special Adviser on Policies, Programmes and Plans Implementation to the Governor of Osun State, Nigeria. The author is richly exposed and has visited all parts of the world. He is married to Oluwafunmilayo and the union is blessed with children.

For more information and orders, please contact author at femiadelegan@yahoo.co.uk and terrificinvestment@gmail.com.