The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye has announced some major changes in the Church including the retirement of the Church’s National Overseer, Pastor Joseph Obayemi
Adeboye made the announcement while addressing RCCG ministers on Sunday, August 7.
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.
Before his transition, Akindayomi had given instruction that Pastor Adeboye who joined the Church in 1973 would succeed him as the General Overseer. Adeboye stepped into Akindayomi’s shoes in 1981.
He has served in that position 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 African Continent in 2021. He was also addressed as 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 explained 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 n
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 had been in charge of the Administration and Personnel of the Church.
The new pastor in charge of Personnel is Pastor Julius Olalekan who hitherto is Pastor in Charge of Region 17 while Pastor Dele Balogun of Region 13 was appointed to take charge of Admin department.