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Major Shake-up Hits RCCG: Retirement Age Of Church’s Pastors Pegged At 70, National Overseer Retired + Other Major Decisions – Naijanewsdirect

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, has announced some major changes in the Church. The changes include the retirement of the Church’s National Overseer, Pastor Joseph Obayemi. Adeboye made the announcement while addressing RCCG Ministers on Sunday, 7 August, 2022. He hinted also that the person that would take over from him as the General Overseer will be a young man. The RCCG which is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary was established in 1952 by Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi who passed on in 1980. Adeboye has served in the position of General Overseer for more than 40 years and still counting. In December 2016, Pastor Adeboye appointed Pastor Obayemi as the church’s Overseer in Nigeria. Obayemi was given an additional portfolio to serve as the Overseer of the RCCG in North Africa in 2021. He was also addressed as an Officer-in-charge of Nigeria. But Pastor Adeboye announced his retirement along with some others during the Ministers’ Conference. Obayemi is in his 70s. Adeboye disclosed that the retirement age for all RCCG pastors will now be pegged at 70 years. He said however that some of them may be given lesser roles after retirement. Pastor Sunday Akande is to replace Obayemi as the RCCG National Overseer. He will serve for a period of two years while Pastor Kalu Ndukwe will serve as the Overseer of the Africa Continent. Adeboye said the position of the National Overseer of the church will now be on a two-year tenure basis while the pastor occupying the position will operate from the redemption camp. All churches in the camp would henceforth report to him. He will also represent Pastor Adeboye in special assignments. Also affected by the changes is Pastor Johnson Odesola who had been in charge of the Administration and Personnel of the Church. He was relieved of the

RCCG Pastor To Christians: “It’s Not Enough To Pray, Collect PVC and Vote” – Naijanewsdirect

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has underscored the need for people especially Christians to rise and vote during elections and not only to pray. Pastor Timothy Olaniya, Deputy Rector, Redeemed College of Technology, Redemption Camp, made the call on Sunday during a seminar organised by the Directorate of Politics and Governance, RCCG, Oyo Province 1. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the seminar held in Ibadan  and had as its theme: “Nigeria Politics and Governance: The Church Approach”. Olaniya, also the Pastor in Charge of RCCG Lagos Provincial 12, remarked that the era was gone when the church would only pray and relax without taking further steps to vote. “The church has prayed and will keep on praying as part of its Christian responsibility for the nation. “But after praying, we cannot just sit down. Prayer will not use leg to go and collect PVC and vote, it will take people to rise up and do so. “Christians should rise, let’s see how God will use us to rescue our country,” he said. Olaniya said the RCCG was following the directions of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) to raise a department for politics and governance. “The Foursquare Gospel Church, Deeper Life, Redeemed Evangelical Mission and others have also started to establish the department. “All over the 36 states, we have gotten the Directorate already under the CAN and PFN, not only the RCCG,” he said. He remarked on the need for the country to have leaders who are ready to serve selflessly with contentment, like Daniel in the Bible. “We need people who will make a difference, be trusted with money and power without compromise. “Christians in politics must do the work righteously and maintain their integrity, more importantly, we must not leave prayers outside what we do to be divinely