Rev. Dr. (Mrs.) Mercy O. Ezekiel is the Co Pastor, Christian Pentecostal Mission International Headquarters, National/ International Coordinator of Christian Pentecostal Mission International. She was the Deputy President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Vice President International Bible Seminary Lagos. She is an initiator and Chief Executive Officer of MEES OUTREACH and comprises Faith Clinic, a nondenominational Outreach where people’s spriritual and physical problems are met by the Lord. Business Commission, an outreach for business men and women. Prenatal Clinic for expectant mothers and others looking unto God for fruit of the womb and mercy line, a charitable arm of her Ministry where needs of the people are met.
She is married to Rev. Dr. O. Ezekiel, the General Overseer of Christian Pentecostal Mission International (CPM) and blessed with children.
Olasupo Ayokunle, a pastor, teacher and sociologist, was born in Oyo town in Oyo State Nigeria on January 25, 1957.
Mr. Ayokunle attended the Oniyanrin Baptist Central Day School, Iware Road, Oyo State, graduating in 1971. Six years later, he completed secondary education, earning a West African School Leaving Certificate, Ordinary Level.
Thirsty for more education, the young Mr. Ayokunle studied further and obtained a Higher School Certificate in 1979/80.
He then proceeded to the University of Ibadan in 1980 where he enrolled for undergraduate studies in sociology. He graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Three years later, in 1986, he enrolled for a post graduate diploma in Education. He then went on to study for a Masters of divinity degree in Theology in 1992 at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho.
He got married on September 5, 1987 at Aatan Baptist Church, Oyo to his heartthrob, Deborah Olutoyin Abosede Ayokunle (Nee Adesipo).
Not done with acquiring degrees, Mr. Ayokunle went back to the University of Ibadan for another Masters degree, this time in Guidance and Counselling.
On graduation in 2000, he headed to Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, England for a third Masters degree in Theology and Religious Studies in 2003.
On completion of that programme, he immediately commenced his PhD at the University of Liverpool in 2004, earning a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Theology in 2008.
In 1992, he followed his life calling: to work in God’s vineyard. He was Pastor, Estate Baptist Church, Oyo State, between 1992 and 1995.
He was moderator, Ibadan East Baptist Association, from 2000 to 2003. He was equally the Treasurer of Ibadan and Environs Ministers’ Fellowship during the same period.
While studying in the United Kingdom, he was health care assistant and support worker at various health institutions between 2003 and 2007. He was also co-pastor, Pentecost Baptist Church, Kensington, Liverpool, England within the same period.
While he was Pastor, Jubilee Life Baptist Church, Ibadan, he became President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention in 2011, a position he still holds.
He is also visitor to Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria. The University is owned by the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
He was elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
Bishop Joe Imakando answered the call of God to minister in 1976. Thereafter he attended the Bible College in Kenya and the United Kingdom.
He served as Baptist Church Pastor for 9 years, thereafter he resigned to serve on the wider body of Christ as Executive Director for Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ), an umbrella body that unites Pentecostal and Evangelical churches in Zambia. In 2010, Bishop Imakando was elected President of the Association of Evangelicals in Africa (AEA), an organization that has 10 Southern African countries affiliated to it.
During that time he was often called upon by government for advice where he served as Commissioner of inquiry.
In 1990, Bishop Imakando had an encounter with God that transformed his life; the change was evidenced in his preaching and ministrations of God’s word.
In August 1992, while in Lagos Nigeria God gave him a vision that led to the birth of Bread of life Church International.
Bishop Imakando is now the Presiding Bishop of Bread of life Church International, Chairperson of the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia, he is an apostle, teacher, author, conference speaker, broadcaster, bridge builder and adviser whose ministry has taken him to many nations.
Bishop Imakando’s unique ministry is characterized by a strong apostolic favor which as resulted into the birthing of many mission churches and impartations.
His messages are simple, practical and extremely powerful. Consequently, many people have been lifted spiritually and catapulted into their destiny.
Bishop Imakando has written four touching books entitled “Dreaming your Destiny, “Prayer Our Secret Weapon”, “The Power of Favour” and “Key Ingredients to Success”.
He is married to Pastor Bernadette Imakando with four children.
He studied Land and Engineering Survey; it was while in the university that he heard the call of God and got connected to Pastor E. A. Adeboye, Pastor Kumuyi, Bishop Benson Idahosa, Bishop David Oyedepo.
Bishop Francis is the convener of the annual Holy Ghost Convention in Ibadan since 1983 and The Nigeria Turning Point Prayer Movement in Abuja since 2003.
He is the host of “The Voice of the Lord” broadcast on radio and TV and author of many bestsellers including Alone with God, The Precious Blood of Jesus and Go Forward.
The Ministry of Bishop Francis Wale Oke is known around the world with a testimony of over 33 years of great impact.
His ministry has taken him around the globe preaching and teaching the word of God with miracles, signs, and wonders following in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Bishop Wale Oke as he is popularly known is an outspoken critic of the Nigeria government.He is an author of various Christian literature which includes his best selling book Alone with God.Wale Oke claims to have a mandate from God to draw 100 million Souls to heaven.
Dr. Mike Okonkwo is the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM); a versatile man of God with over 30 years of dedicated service unto the Lord. He passionately preaches Power in the Word to a multicultural and diverse audience with over 180 branches in Nigeria and ten countries across the globe. He is an Apostle to this generation, whose life has impacted millions around the world. A father to many, and a pastor of many pastors across the globe, Dr Mike Okonkwo is also a dynamic conference speaker, crusade evangelist, author, television and radio host, a strong and respected voice in Nigeria, and an advocate of balanced Christianity.
Dr. Mike Okonkwo graduated from the Morris Cerrullo School of Ministry and the Covington Theological Seminary in USA, and holds several doctorate degrees and honorary awards. He is the Convener of the Communion of Covenant Ministers International (CCMI) a gathering of Pastors designed for Fellowship, Spiritual Covering, Mentoring, Strengthening, and Networking, through conferences, seminars and other interactive sessions. He is a co-host of the National Ministers Conference (NMC). He is a Trustee and also a member of the National Advisory Council (NAC) of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN).
He is the Patron and Founder of the Empowerment for the Less Privileged (ELP) Foundation, a non-governmental organisation committed to alleviating the plight of the less-privileged in the society through donations to hospitals, establishment of free vocational training centres, running free preparatory schools for students in the secondary schools, and facilitating regular public enlightenment campaigns on health issues amongst others. He also pioneers a scholarship fund for talented students.
With a pastoral staff strength of over 250 men and women, the ministry has several arms all geared at reaching the “unreached” wherever they can be found. To this end, the ministry has a Prisons Outreach, which ministers to inmates in various prisons and remand homes; Word Ambassadors-this group of people organises crusades in various towns and villages; and the ‘’We Care’’ Ministry, which ministers to the less privileged through relief items, food stuffs, free basic medical care, soft short term loans and encouraging petty trading in order to make each individual self sustained.
Others are Dunamis Publications, which co-ordinates all literature generated from the ministry, Maranatha Power Play House, which ministers the word through various anointed drama presentations, The Singles Fellowship, set up to encourage the singles on how to enjoy and make the most of their single-hood while preparing them for the responsibilities of the married life, and The Intercessory Unit, the arm of the church that is dedicated to prayer not only for the ministry and programs of the ministry, but for the Body of Christ as a whole and Nigeria as a nation.
Still in a bid to positively affect the less privileged, Bishop Mike Okonkwo in partnership with his wife under the aegis of the Women of Global Impact, sponsors free cervical screening for women in rural areas and annual donation of food and clothing to the less privileged women with particular reference to widows in the villages. A peace loving man, he risked his life to ensure the reconciliation of warring parties during the Ogbunike communal clash which invariably led to the sustained peace the town enjoys today.
Bishop Mike Okonkwo is married to Bishop Peace Okonkwo and they are blessed with a daughter.
John Watson, who, in cooperation with the Holy Spirit, is the driving force in the ministry of Vinesong, did not assume the office of itinerant minister on a mere whim. Behind him lie generations of faithful servants and his own apprenticeship of serving in pastoral ministry. His parents, were missionaries in Zimbabwe and then latterly Pastors in Durban, South Africa. Before Vinesong, John was also called to pioneer Churches in England, Holland and America. It was at that time that he came to see how Worship and the Word could be used even more widely, in the context of ministry.
Working with the Vineyard team and about to embark on a new church plant in Norway, John discovered the Lord had other plans. As he took a vacation in South Africa God clearly showed him that He was about to birth Vinesong and so for four years, from 1982 to 1986, the ministry took on the form that has become so familiar today.
It was clear in the purposes of God that John was to have a major input into leadership in many countries across the world and he now has a recognized ministry as a Pastor amongst Pastors. Away from the stage or the pulpit, many hours are given to listening to Pastors, Worship leaders, and their wives, as they seek counsel in their respective situations. This pastoral side of his ministry, has not been used to start a new church stream or grouping; John has been heard many times to say how important it is “not to leave your own fingerprints on the door handle” of your life. He is always mindful that Jesus is building His Church and that he should stay faithful to the original call. Leaders from across the world have publicly observed that Pastor John and Vinesong have not tried to change sound or grow into something other than that which God originally called them to.
The thing that establishes Pastor John Watson and Vinesong Ministries as being so unique on the world stage, is that they are a team of ministers, dedicated to the proclamation of the gospel and the building of the Church in line with biblical teaching. They are not a group of musicians desiring to entertain and win awards amongst the Christian community. Vinesong have always taken their commission directly from, Isaiah 61:1-3
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favour and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendour”.
Dr. Felix Ilaweagbon Omobude is the General Superintendent of Gospel Light International Ministries (New Covenant Gospel Church), founded by him in 1988 with its international headquarters in Benin City, Nigeria. The church has branches spread across the nation as well as outside Nigeria. The central ministry drive is spreading the Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ and working to ensure not just the salvation of the soul but also the restoration of the total person physically, socially and otherwise through humanitarian outreaches.
Before founding the New Covenant Gospel Church, he had served on the pastoral team of the Church of God Mission International under the late Arch Bishop Benson Idahosa. In all, he has been in active service as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ for over four decades.
Dr. Omobude was born on 14 March 1946 to Mr. Omobude Omokha and Deaconess Akpitanyi Omobude (nee Irabor) at Evbuobanosa formerly known as Owa in Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria. He was the third child in a family of fourteen children grew up in very humble circumstances. Having struggled to obtain an education in his early days, Dr. Omobude developed a great passion for helping others in their educational pursuits. To this end he has founded the Covenant Christian Academy (Nursery, Primary and Secondary) in February 1994 and the GLIM Bible College in April 1995. He is of the conviction that Nigeria needs high-level technological manpower to aid her development. His contribution to this end has been the founding of the Lighthouse Polytechnic, a fully Federal Government approved institution.
Dr. Omobude is married to a gospel singer and preacher, Pastor Abiola Theodora Omobude and they are blessed with two children, Ebenezer and Sarah Omobude.
An acclaimed man of integrity, Dr. Omobude is humble, hardworking and a stickler to the tenets of the Holy Bible
Ayodele Joseph Oritsegbubemi Oritsejafor, known as Papa Ayo Oritsejafor is the founding and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, located in Warri, Nigeria. He became the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) on February 7, 2005. A position he held diligently for 5 years. In July 2010, Oritsejafor was elected as the President of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN), the apex body of all Christians in the country. In doing so he became the first Pentecostal leader to hold the position. Oritsejafor his known to be brutally honest and fearless. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor Ministries was the first to launch a Miracle crusade (Lagos Miracle Crusade) from Africa to world audience, via satellite, in 1987 with Evangelist Joe Martins.
Prophet S. K. Abiara was born on August 8, 1942 at Erinmo-Ijesa, Osun State. He had his primary education at Saint Peter’s Anglican School, Erinmo-Ijesa between 1949 and 1954. He attended CAC Theological Seminary, Ile-Ife, Osun State in 1982. He furthered his theological training at Saint John University Mission, Luciana, USA in 1986 and Internatonal Bible Institute and Seminary, Florida, USA in 1987.
Prophet Abiara was called into the ministry of evangelism in 1963. Prior to his call, He worked as a Casual Worker for various construction companies within Erinmo-Ijesa between 1953 and 1959; Office Clerk, J. A. Agoro General Merchant, Ibadan in 1959 (who later became a great help to him in his ministerial calling). As a Clergy, he founded CAC Agbala-Itura (Worldwide) in 1963 and has since founded its branches all over the world. He founded Christ International Evangelical Ministry (an interdenominational evangelical group) in 1984; Christ International Divinity College (an affiliate of Acadia University, Canada) in 1986 (of which he became its Chancellor). He rose to the rank of Deputy General Evangelist (DGE) in Christ Apostolic Church (Worldwide) in 1998.
He was appointed the General Evangelist, CAC (Worldwide) in December, 2006.
From the continents of North America, Africa and Europe, Dr. James “Bamidele” Sturdivant is known worldwide as a blessing to the body of Christ. His unique style of simply – yet powerfully – conveying Biblical principles has drawn millions to the Cross and set the stage for massive deliverances and healings in the lives of God’s people.
A native Washingtonian, Bamidele Sturdivant has made a divine connection to Nigeria through his God-appointed relationship with his Father in the Lord – E.A. Adeboye. Heralded by Newsweek as one of the most powerful world leaders, Adeboye has fully received Dr. Sturdivant as a special son and poured mightily into his life in immeasurable ways. Adeboye – with the care of a father – named Dr. Sturdivant “Bamidele,” which is translated to mean follow me home.
Their relationship mirrors that of the prophet Elijah and his protégé, Elisha. As with these Biblical men of God, Dr. Sturdivant has seen the ascension of Adeboye to great heights in the Lord. In turn, the same mantle has fallen on him. Since their divine connection, Dr. Sturdivant’s ministry has been marked by the miraculous. Countless testimonies of actual resurrections from the dead, healing from cancer and astounding breakthroughs on every level speak to the authenticity of his ministry and God’s hand on His life.
A master teacher, Dr. Sturdivant has “studied to show himself approved to God” (II Timothy 2:15) and made a mark within the theological studies community. St. Thomas Christian College (Jacksonville, FL) conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree upon him and Co-Pastor P.D. Sturdivant during the Silver Anniversary of Faith United Ministries and Dr. Sturdivant’s 30th preaching anniversary. These marks of distinction garnered attention from President Barack Obama; Prince George’s County Executive, Rushern L. Baker, III; and the Mayor of District Heights, MD — The Honorable James L. Walls, Jr. Dr. Sturdivant also earned an undergraduate and master’s degree in Ministry. In turn, the sound Biblical truths he shares undoubtedly remind the world that holiness and excellence are the true hallmark of every Christ-follower.
Dr. Sturdivant has authored a dynamic 40-day devotional – A Divine Hunger and No Longer Crippled…From Trauma To Triumph! His most recent release – Learning to Soar is yet another God-breathed, literary blueprint for living a wholistically, successful life. He has also written sections of From One Brother To Another – an inspirational devotional for men of all ethnicities, ages, and social backgrounds.
Dr. Sturdivant was selected as the Guest Chaplain to offer prayer in the United States Senate in the presence of President Barack Obama, who was serving as the Illinois Senator at the time. He has also been recognized by political and community officials for his anointed and dynamic preaching style that transcends all social and ethnic barriers.
Dr. Sturdivant and his wife, Dr. Pamela D. Sturdivant, have been married for over 30 years and are the proud parents of four adult children.
Agu is a law graduate from the University of Warwick, a Barrister and former investment banker. He was ordained a pastor in August 1993 and took over as Senior Pastor of Jesus House in April 1994, two months after it was birthed.
Agu also serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Head of the Executive Council of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the United Kingdom which acts in a supervisory capacity over the 600 parishes located in the United Kingdom. In addition he is Chairman of the Festival of Life organising committee.
He is the founder of the Mandate Men’s Ministries which is dedicated to building men of integrity who will be role models in their families, churches and society at large.
Agu’s interests include swimming, current affairs and reading; he is also a passionate supporter of Chelsea football club.
He is married to Sola and they have three children.
Pastor Stephen Rathod, born and raised in the nation of India, graduated high school at the age of sixteen in Ahmedabad, Gujarat India. He entered Gujarat University in 1966 and graduated in 1970, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry. In June 1974, he received his Masters Degree in Organic Chemistry from the same university. Afterward, he came to the United States to further his education. In May 1977, he received a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In September 1974, he answered the call of God to serve Him in full-time ministry. He entered Rhema Bible Training Center in the fall of 1977 and received a Diploma for Ministerial Training on May 19, 1978. In August 1980, he was ordained as a pastor by the founder of Redeemed Christian Church of God the late Rev. Josiah Akiundayomi in Lagos, Nigeria. In January 1982, Pastor Rathod was ordained through Faith Christian Fellowship International Church, Inc., under Dr. and Mrs. Doyle “Buddy” Harrison. In June 1990, he received a Master of Theological Studies from the Logos Bible College and Graduate School. Then, from this same school, he received a Doctor of Ministry in February 1992 and Doctor of Philosophy (Missiology) in August 1996.
Since 1979, Pastor Rathod has done extensive missionary work in Africa (Nigeria and Botswana), Burma, India, Philippines, England and coast to coast in the United States. In India, he and his brother established C.R.Y. (Christ Reconciling You to God) Ministries in Gujarat State. He also locally ministers in the Tulsa County jail and street ministry.
Pastor Rathod has been an active member of Covenant Family Church since 1980. He became a Senior Pastor in September 1994. Stephen and his wife, Lee, resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Rev. Felix Meduoye is the current General Overseer of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria. He is a product of God’s grace and mercy who was lifted from a very humble background.
Rev. Meduoye is a Chartered Accountant who achieved excellence in the market place; he rose to become the Executive Director, Finance and Administration of West African Milk Company Nigeria Limited. Yet at the call of God into full-time ministry, he had to leave all to follow the Master.
Felix Meduoye obtained his Bachelor of Theology at LIFE Theological Seminary, Ikorodu Nigeria and also a Masters of Arts in Theology at Evangel Theological Seminary, Jos Nigeria. He had been a students’ Christian Leader, a pioneering Pastor, a Zonal Superintendent and a District Overseer of Ikeja, Festac and Akowonjo Districts successively in the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria.
He is a Pastor, a Bible scholar, a teacher and an international conference speaker.
Rev. Felix Meduoye lives in Lagos with his wife Olubisi, also an ordained minister and they are blessed with God-fearing children.
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo has been the Senior Pastor of KICC since 1992. He has a dynamic gifting to combine his calling as a Pastor and teacher, with the roles of mentor, businessman and spiritual father.
During more than 30 years in the ministry, Pastor Matthew has given countless people the spiritual and practical foundation on which to successfully build their lives. An inspiring visionary, Pastor Matthew launched the UK’s first church-owned television channel, KICC TV, and his television and radio ministry Winning Ways is a source of inspiration and deliverance for the millions it reaches across the globe.
As an award-winning and prolific author, Pastor Matthew has published more than 90 books, including “The Power of Positive Prayer Bible” and the pioneering ‘What’s Wrong With Being Black?’ – a book hailed for ‘reaching the parts community campaigners cannot reach’. Pastor Matthew constantly challenges believers to become the best they can be.
Honored several times as the most influential black person in the public sector/religion category in the Power List, Pastor Matthew’s influence on church growth and evangelism has been noted by local and international news media. A successful businessman, he is recognized as one of the most exciting and inspiring Christian voices on the world scene today.
His influence on church growth and evangelism has guaranteed countless requests for his comments by a variety of mainstream media including BBC TV and Radio, Sky News, The Times and Guardian broadsheet newspapers, as well as a broad spectrum of Christian and faith-based publications.
As a respected leader, Pastor Matthew sits on the Board of Reference for God TV and is considered a Christian thought leader, Biblical scholar and media commentator on a variety of issues that have left indelible marks on modern society.