After the whole drama that forced Pastor Adeboye to resign as General Overseer of the church, RCCG confirmed during the week that the changes announced by Pastor Adeboye remain unchanged.
Pastor Joseph Obayemi is the Overseer of RCCG in Nigeria. Until his appointment, Pastor Obayemi was the Assistant General Overseer in charge of Finance and also Pastor in charge of RCCG Region 2 (Shomolu, Lagos). He is also a Member of the Governing Council amongst other offices he currently occupies. Although the RCCG headquarters in Nigeria is in Ebute-Meta, Pastor Obayemi will, for the time being, perform his functions from his RCCG Somolu Parish in Lagos.
Pastor Funsho Odesola is the Secretary of the Church. He was the Assistant General Overseer in charge of Administration and Personnel, Member of the Governing Council of RCCG and also the Pastor in charge of RCCG Region 1 (Ebute-Meta).
Church Treasurer is Pastor Joseph Adelanke Adeyokunnu. He was a financial controller and Pastor in charge of Lagos province 8.
Sources say a common feature of all three is their extreme humility. Pastor Obayemi for example is said to address people as “Sir” or “Ma” irrespective of their status.
The new structure means that all regional pastors will report to the Nigeria Overseer, Pastor Obayemi, who will in turn report to Pastor Adeboye. Considering the latter’s increasing role worldwide, this comes as a relief.
Adegbiji explained: “The newly appointed country overseer, Pastor Joseph Obayemi may remain the overseer in charge of Nigeria operating from his current regional headquarters in Somolu in Lagos.
“The national headquarters of the church remains in Ebute Metta, Lagos, while the global headquarters is at the Redemption Camp, but the new country overseer, Pastor Obayemi may not immediately move to the Ebute Metta headquarters because it will be administratively inconvenient for him to operate from the headquarters of another region.”
According to him, “The new development does not affect Daddy GO’s status, functions or powers. He will continue to preside over RCCG programmes such as Holy Ghost Congress, Conventions, the monthly Holy Ghost Service, Shiloh Hour, Divine Encounter, etc.”
Top sources in the church explain that although the changes may have been precipitated by the Governance Code because of the need by the Church to set a standard in obeying the laws of the nation as demanded by scriptural teaching that all constituted authority should be respected, they were cleared by God.
“Daddy GO will not do anything like that without consulting God, who speaks to him directly,” an official of the church said. “Remember Vice President Osinbajo, a senior member of the church, was privy to all these, but even if he wanted to stop it as Peter attacked one of the people who arrested Jesus to stop them, Daddy wouldn’t have changed his mind over what God had authorised.”
Corroborating, another source said, God had even revealed to Pastor Adeboye an anthem on the need for unity in the church ahead of the changes. The 5-stanza anthem reads in part:
1. We are Redeemites