The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye has passed the mantle of the National Overseer of the church to a new successor while he continues to function as the General Overseer today, Saturday, 7th of January, 2017.
The new National Overseer is Pastor Joshua Obayemi.
Pastor Adeboye will continue to lead on several major RCCG engagements across the globe.
Until his appointment, Obayemi, was a deputy in charge of Finance and a member of governing council. He was appointed the new GO at the Annual Ministers Thanksgiving at Shimawa, in Ogun State. Pastor Adeboye also appointed Pastor Johnson Odesola, who was the Special Assistant on Administration and Personnel, as the church Secretary.
Pastor Adeboye was appointed General Overseer of the church in 1981. 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.
Pastor Adeboye stated that his aim is to put a church within five minutes of every person on Earth, a vision he more or less accomplished with the RCCG.
Earlier report had it that Adeboye has retired as the General Overseer of the church. Pastor Obayemi will be the ‘national overseer’ while Adeboye remains the general overseer worldwide.
A statement signed by Leke Adeboye, the clergyman’s last son clarified that Adeboye remains the general overseer, Worldwide of RCCG while Obayemi will be leading the RCCG Nigeria.
According to him, the development was in line with the new legal requirements set up by the Financial Regulations Council, guiding all registered churches, mosques, and CSOs.
“The regulation stipulates that heads of non profit organisations like churches now have a maximum period of twenty years to lead their organizations while in retirement, they are not permitted to hand over to their families,” the statement read.