Saturday, 7 January 2017



The General Overseer of the Redeemed
Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch
Adejare Adeboye has retiredPastor Adeboye, on Saturday named a new
General Overseer (GO), Pastor J.O Obayemi, as
his his successor, ahead of his 75th birthday
on 2 March.The new GO is Pastor Joshua Obayemi was
appointed the new GO at the Annual Ministers
Thanksgiving at Shimawa, in Ogun State.
The newly appointed GO was the former Special
Assistant to the General Overseer (SATGO) on
Adeboye also appointed Pastor Johnson
Odesola, who was the Special Assistant on
Administration and Personnel, as the church
Secretary Pastor Adeyokunnu as church
Adeboye was born on March 2, 1942, in
Ifewara, Osun State.
Pastor Adeboye had his B.Sc. in Mathematics
at University of Nigeria Nsukka, and
subsequently got his PhD in applied
mathematics from the University of Lagos, and
worked as a lecturer in Mathematics at the
universities of Lagos and Ilorin, before going
into full time priesthood in 1984.
After joining the RCCG in 1973, he began
working to translate the sermons of its then
Pastor and founder, Rev. Josiah Olufemi
Akindayomi, from Yoruba into English.
In 1981, Adeboye was appointed General
Overseer of the church.
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.
The church, which was not well known prior to
Adeboye’s ascendance has grown
phenomenally, to become Nigeria’s biggest,
with branches globally in about 190 countries,
including more than 14,000 in Nigeria.
Adeboye has stated that his aim is to put a
church within five minutes of every person on
He married Adenike, now 68 in 1967. She was
born on 13th July 1948..