CENTRAL CATHEDRAL

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CHURCH WORKERS AND WORKERS –IN –TRAINING:

To assist the Shepherds in carrying out their spiritual assignments, the church at various times engaged the services of church workers and workers in training in the parish. The under listed Church workers who played significant roles in the spiritual development of the church served at various times:

  1. Sup. Evang. Adebayo

  2. Sup. Evang. (pro). Seyi Adenuga

  3. Sup. Evang. Ogunyakinnu

  4. Sup. Evang. Obadiah

  5. Sup. Evang. E.O. Bamidale

  6. Sup. Evang. Henry Ademola

  7. Sup. Evang. Ezekiel Ayankunbi

  8. Sup..Evang. M/S/E. Michael Makinde

  9. Asst. Evang. Amos M. Laraiyetan

  10. Sup. Evang. (prophet) Ojo Dania

  11. Asst. Sup. Evang. Babson Awolope

  12. Asst.Sup.Evang. Samuel Ajayi

  13. Prophetess Joke Farinu (Deceased)

  14. Prophetess Pricilia Dosu

  15. Prophetess Blessing Amosu

  16. Propohetess Dupe Eki Adegbenro

  17. Ldr.A,B.A. Alowakinnou

  18. Eld. David O. Mogaji

  19. Prophet Samuel Ubi
  20. Prophet Peter Owumi

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The Elders of the parish thought it fit to have a body of people that had been in the parish for some time it then proposed and later constituted an Elders’ council for the parish. The council was made up of Elder who would always remain in the parish no matter the situation. Members are also to include such persons that had played key roles in the affairs of the parish in the past, but were not presently in Abuja.

Members of the council are expected to rise to the occasion whenever the parochial committee had crisis and prevents things from going wrong. Other functions of the council are as follows:

  1. To be a body last resort on all matters within the parish;

  2. To be the conscience of the parish by being just in the themselves and be righteous in dealing with all issues with the fear of God;

  3. To always insist that thing should be done in accordance with the commandments of God and the tents of the Celestial Church;

  4. To arrange for the election /appointment or extension of the term of members of the parochial committee whenever their tenure expired; and

  5. To perform any other functions as contained in the Charter of the Council.

The council was inaugurated on Sunday, 1st December, 2013 with Sup. Evang. Akin Arikawe as chairman I, Sup. Evang. John Uyi II, M/C

Parochial Committee 2016

PAROCHIAL COMMITTEE EXECUTIVES SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE PARISH

S/NO.

YEAR

CHAIRMAN

SECRETARIES

1.

1984

SNR. LDR. MUSA

C/ELDR. ULOH

2.

1984 – 1994

SNR. LDR. IDOWU

C/ELDR. ULOH

3.

1984 – 1994

SNR. LDR. E.B. OLUMUJI

H/EV. OREGBEMI

S/SLDR. S.F. OLADIMEJI

SNR./LDR. DELE OTUNLA

4.

1994 – 1996

S/S/LDR S.O. ADEWOLE

H/S/EV. ABU

5.

1996 – 2002

M/S/E M. G. OJOKOBRIKALE

M/S/E EXODUS AJAPO

6.

2002 – 2008

M/S/E JAIYEOBA

M/SE OSENI

M/S/E ELEMIDE

7.

2005 – 2008

M/S/E JAIYEOBA

M/S/E BISI LATEEF

ASST. EVANG. NWEKE

8.

2008 – 2014

MSE. AYO OGUNNIYI – I

SUP. EVANG JOHN UYI – II

SUP. EVANG. BISI LATEEF

MSE OLA ONAOLAPO SEC. II

S/S/W/LDR. CHIMA ORIAKU(2010 – 2014)

9.

2014 – 2016

MSE. LAYI FAKOREDE – I

HSE EMMANUEL ONWODI – II

SUP. EVANG S. O. IKUEROWO – III

HSE KING ADEMIJUWON SEC. GEN.

MSE OLA ONAOLAPO SEC. II

HSE SUNDAY ENAWORU SECT, III

10.

APRIL 2016 TO DATE

HSE EMMANUEL ONWODI – I

H/E BOLANLE MOLUMO – II

M/C M. O. OGUNLEYE – III

HSE RANTI BINUTU – SEC. GEN.

S/S/W/LDR. CHIMA ORIAKU – SEC II

H/E SUNDAY ENAWORU – SEC III

Parochial Committee: As enacted in the C.C.C. Constitution, the Parochial Committee is to be constituted through the election of members from the various segments of the church. The following are the Executive members of the Parochial Committees of the Church since the inception of the church.

The Chairman of the present Parochial Committee is HSE Emmanuel Onwodi. He is assisted by two Vice Chairmen in the persons of H/E Bolanle Molumo and M/CM. O Ogunleye. The Secretary General is HSE Ranti Binutu, who is assisted by S/S/W/Ldr Chima Oriaku and He Sunday Enaworu. There are 28 other members of the Committee drawn from various segments of the Church.

The main functions of the secretary are handing of all correspondences of the Church; announcements and preparation of weekly Bulletin as well as duty roasters. The secretariat of the church was reconstituted in April 2016 and is presently headed by HSE Ranti Binutu who is assisted by S/S/W/LDR Chuma Oriaku and H/E Sunday Enaworu. The Facilities available in the Secretariat include computers, photocopying machines and internet facilities.

COMPUTERIZATION OF THE FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SYSTEM OF THE CHURCH.

The present Parochial Committee led by HSE Emmanuel Onwodi has successfully computerized the accounting system while the administrative system is currently being completed. More befitting offices have also been created.

INTERNAL AUDIT UNIT

The Present Parochial Committee has set up an Internal Audit Unit to ensure that there is effective Internal Control System for the church.

The Internal Audit will have the responsibility of carrying out pre payment and post payment audit for all the units of the church and the Parochial Committee. An Internal Auditor (Bro Kunle Ogundeko) has since been appointed for this role.

THE BIRTH OF CENTRAL PARISH:

The Celestial Church of Christ, Central Parish now upgraded to a Cathedral, situated at 22, Akure Street, Area 10, Garki Abuja is the first Celestial Church that was established in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It started in an uncompleted building which now houses the Family Planning Clinic, Area 2, Section 1, Garki, on 1st July, 1984 by a group of Celestials led by one Bro. Dele, an electrician. Other pioneer members were:

  1. Brother (Pa) Ige,

  2. Elder Akin Oyebowale,

  3. Brother Isaiah Alabi,

  4. Brother Eroco,

  5. Brother (Inspector) Akinmokuro,

  6. Brother Fredrick ,

  7. Brother Adewunmi,

  8. Brother Jimoh,

  9. Sister Oyebowale,

  10. Sister Fredrick.

The pioneer members made efforts to acquire a permanent site and the elders applied to the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) for allocation of a piece of land to build a church. During a naming ceremony service, a visiting prophetess by name Prophetess Dairo, prophesied that the site of the Family Planning Clinic was not the location for the parish. She pointed to the present site of the parish in Area 10, Garki, Abuja as the appointed abode of the church as directed by the Holy Spirit. Surprisingly, the following day, the contractors working on the site of the Family Planning Clinic came to ask the worshipers to vacate the uncompleted building, to allow for its completion.

Brother (Pa) Ige thereafter secured a warehouse at Area 10, Garki, Abuja where the members continued to worship under the leadership of Elder Akin Oyebowale. The warehouse originally belonged to Gatstack construction Company. Brother (Pa) Ige met the Site Engineer of the Company at Life Camp and sought permission for the use of the warehouse as a place of worship. On 22nd November, 1984, Gatstack Construction Company granted the permission on the payment of the sum of N10,000.00. The following day, which was a Saturday, some members went to C.C.C. Parish II, Suleja where they collected a bell and an alter clothe from the Shepherd (Oyedokun). The acquired warehouse was then sanctified and an altar laid to the glory of God. the first Sunday service at the new premises took place on 24th November, 1984.

The process of acquiring a permanent site for the Parish started when members were still worshiping at Area 2, Garki. Due to the concerted efforts of the leadership of the Parish, a Certificate of Occupancy was eventually issued in respect of the present site in 1995. It is pertinent to note that the ground work for the issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy was done during the tenure of Late Senior Evangelist Akin Oyebowale as the Shepherd-in-charge. Appreciable role was also played by Superior Senior Leader E.B. Olumuji, then a Deputy Director at FCDA in securing the Certificate of Occupancy. The Parish witnessed tremendous progress and increase in membership when some Federal Ministries and Parastatals of Government relocated from Lagos to Abuja between 1986 – 1991. After the Parish successfully complied with the necessary registration processes, approval was granted for a church to be built on the site marked as Religious Institution” in the original Master Plan of the Federal Capital Territory.

Certificate of Occupancy (C OF O):

The C of O of the Parish which was issued in 1995 was revoked during the recertification exercise of lands in Abuja. However, the revoked title No. MISC 3938/MISC 55969 in respect of Plot 1358 was re-instated by the FCTA following the concerted efforts of the Parochial Committee under the leadership of MSE Ayo Ogunniyi.

Efforts at building a befitting cathedral in Abuja, FCT did not materialized until 1996; when the then newly posted Shepherd-in-Charge S/E S.I. Akindoyin (now Superior Evangelist) reconstituted both the Parochial and Building Committees.

The foundation laying ceremony of the cathedral was performed by his Eminence, Late Rev. Pastor A.A. Bada on the 8th March, 1997. The Church was then upgraded from its present status as a Parish to a Territorial Headquarters in 1998. It became the Northern States and FCT Headquarters in Year 2002.

The Vicarage: the construction of the Vicarage, a two storey building with basement was completed in 2008. The vicarage contains a total of 6 flats, the Shepherd’s Office and the Secretariat, as well as stores and general toilets in the basement. The present Parochial Committee under the leadership of HSE Emmanuel Onwodi have now expanded the ground floor with 3 more offices.

Children Church and Youth Church: The building was first constructed in 1996 and used as a church while the construction of the cathedral was on-going. Thereafter it was used as the Children church. The building was completed in 2012 with the construction of the Multi-purpose Hall on the 1st floor. Present, the Multi-purpose Hall is also being used by the Youth Onwodi have also expanded the first floor by creating two more offices to strengthen the administrative structure of the church and accommodate other units of the church.

The present Parochial Committee on its inauguration formulated the first guiding policies for the Parish for administrative purposes and reorganized the existing church sub-committees as follows:

  1. Building Sub-committee

  2. Maintenances Sub-committee (including Generator and Premises units)

  3. CAN/OAIC Sub-committee

  4. Security/Disciplinary Sub-committee

  5. Revival/Evangelism/Radio Sub-committee

  6. Welfare Sub-committee (including Family Health Care, Widows and Ceremonial units)

The Parochial Committee has under it the following Units:

  1. Celestial Women for Christ;

  2. Choir;

  3. Prophets/Prophetess;

  4. Sidesmen/Women

  5. Bus Management;

  6. Sunday School.

  7. Youth Sub-committee

  8. Development Fund Sub-committee

  9. Media Sub-committee

  10. Website Sub-committee

  11. Medical Sub-committee

  12. ETF Sub-committee

  13. Back to School Sub-committee

  14. Drama Group Sub-committee

The Celestial Church of Christ , Central parish Education Trust Fund was established in June, 2010 to commemorate the 2010 Juvenile Harvest. It has the focus to help the poor but deserving students of the church community who are at the secondary school level of education. During the year under review, there was a slight expansion of the fund’s focus to include deserving case at both primary and Tertiary levels of education. A vocational ;training grant component was also introduced in line with the 2011 Juvenile Harvest Committee request and donation.

The sources of funding for the activities of the ETF in clued the yearly Juvenile Harvest Celebration (starting from 2010); yearly Adult Harvest Donation (Starting from 2011) and donations from well-wishing members of the parish.

Two families successfully exited the scheme and are no longer in need of the fund’s financial support.

WEEKLY RADIO PROGRAMME 

The present Parochial Committee has set up a soul winning radio evangelism programme which runs on Aso FM 93.5 from 8.00pm every Sunday. A lot of testimonies have been recorded since the commencement of the radio programme. Our father in the Lord – Most Sup Evangelist Paul O. Jaiyeola the Shepherd is the Host on the programme.

SHEPHERDS AND ACTING SHEPHERDS

  1. Snr. Evang. Akin Oyebowale (Deceased) – (Sept. 1984 – March 1994):

Late Snr. Evang. Akin Oyebowale was the pioneer Shepherd of the Parish. He also coordinated the affairs of other parishes of the church in Abuja. A former staff of the Federal Ministry of Finance before taking up the work of God as a full time shepherd, he played a very key role in the establishment and growth of the parish and the church in the FCT. No wonder then that the Certificate of Occupancy was first issued in his name, a year after his death in 1995. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

  1. Snr. Evang. Goke Opaleye (March 1994 – April 1996 and July 2002 – Jan. 2004):

Senior Evangelist G.O. Opaleye (Now Sup. Evangelist) first took over as the Acting Shepherd of the Parish in March, 1994 after the sudden death of Snr. Evangelist Akin Oyebowale. He was the acting shepherd until 1996 and also from July, 2003 to 2004. He had the singular honour of collecting the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) issued by the FCTA to the Parish in 1995.

  1. Superior Evangelist S.I. Akindoyin – (April 1996 – July 2002):

Sup. Evang. S.I. Akindoyin (then Snr. Evangelist) was appointed the Shepherd-in-Charge in April, 1996. There is no doubt that the church witnessed tremendous progress under his leadership and much of the development of the church building took place during his tenure which lasted for a period of six (6) years. He played a very key role in the transformation and upgrading of the Parish to Territorial Headquarters in 1997. He later became the Territorial Head of C.C.C in FCT as well as that of the Shepherds Council unitil he left in July, 20002.

  1. Most Superior Evangelist R.A. Akinkunmi (Deceased) – (2002 – July, 2011)

Late Most Superior Evangelist R.A. Akinkunmi was posted to Abuja as the Shepherd-in-Charge and Northern States/FCT Co-ordinator in April, 2002. He however, assumed duty officially as Shepherd-in-Charge of Central Parish on 18th January, 2004.

Late Most Sup. Evang. R.A. Akinkunmi was the initiator of the monthly night vigil tagged “Night of Hope” which was instituted in 2005. The programme was designed to propagate the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to give hope to those who the people of the world considered hopeless.

Other innovations of the Man of God are the establishment of the Development Levy and Monthly Welfare Fund which commenced in July, 2004. The purpose of the Development Levy is to generate funds that would be used to finance specific projects in the Church. The monthly Welfare Fund is to assist less privileged members of the Parish. Also during his tenure, the Educational Trust Fund was established in the Parish to help children of less privilege members. It was during this tenure that the Church Vicarage was successfully completed and equipped for the comfort of the families of the Shepherd and Church Workers. The edifice is indeed a pride to Celestial Church of Christ in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Through his foresightedness many departments of the Parish have been computerized. He also encouraged the formation of Women Fellowship named “Women for Christ” in the Church.

The late Shepherd was, until his death, the Chairman of Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC) FCT Branch, and was running his second term as Chairman. He also was the Treasurer of FCT Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); a member of the Executive Council of National Christian Association of Nigeria and member of the Reconcilliation Committee. Late Most Sup. Evang. R.A. Akinkunmi was an Apostle of righteousness, peace and love. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

  1. Sup. Evang. Simeon Olatunji Oluwole Akande (Deceased) – (Sept. 2011 – May 2013)

The Late Sup. Evang. Simeon Olatunji Oluwole Akande accepted the request to serve as the Shepherd-in-Charge of Central Cathedral on 28th September, 2011. During his tenure, he was able for further the spiritual and physical development of church. He was a very strict disciplinarian who never compromised on the doctrines and spiritual standards of Celestial Church of Christ. His core values included hard work, honesty, integrity, excellence and contentment. He died on 22nd May, 2013. May his gentle soul rest in peace.

  1. Most Sup. Evang. (Dr.) Paul O. Jaiyeola (JP) – (November, 2013 to Date):

Most Sup. Evang. (DR.) Paul Olukayode Jaiyeola (JP) resumed as the Shepherd of this great cathedral on November 2013, precisely a week before the church harvest. He is a believer in the church hopes and aspirations to dictate the pace in the Celestial World and Christ Kingdom on earth.

He is highly spiritual personally with drive to achieve so much at an efficient pace. A kind and good manager of time, human resources and revivalist of note. He is currently steering the ship of progress in the church.

AFFILIATIONS:

C.C.C. Central Cathedral is a parish under the Celestial Church of Christ, Worldwide. Due to the fractionalization of the church with its frequent and attendant and crises, the Elders of church, at its meaning held on Sunday, 2nd March, 2008 resolved, among others to:

  1. Remain NEUTRAL for now as we enjoy PEACE within the Church

  2. Remain loyal and abide by the rules and tents of the Church.

  3. Come together as members of the same body and work for peace and progress.

  4. Be accommodating in every aspect by respecting other views and feelings.

CATEGORICALLY STATED, CELESTIAL CHURCH OF CHRIST CENTRAL CATHEDRAL HAVE RESOLVED AND STILL MAINTAIN ITS POSITION TO BE NEUTRAL AND IS NOT AFFILIATED TO ANY OF THE FACTIONS.

The Parish is affiliated with the following Christian Bodies.

  1. Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

  2. Organization of African Instituted Churches (OAIC)

  3. The Youth Wing of CAN & OAIC

  4. The Women Wing of CAN and OAIC

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