JIMMY, a son to the late pastor of the Fountain of Life Church, Ilupeju, Lagos, was installed as the senior pastor of the church on Saturday, September 30, 2023. His sister, Tolu Odukoya-Ijogun, was also named the associate senior pastor.
Jimmy and Tolu’s parents, Taiwo and Bimbo, co-founded the church in 1992.
The installation ceremony, which was held at the headquarters of the church in Ilupeju, was attended by several eminent personalities in Christendom, including the presiding bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, Mike Okonkwo and his wife, Peace; the president of The Sword of the Spirit Ministries, Wale Oke; and the senior pastor of Foundation of Truth Assembly, Yomi Kasali.
While delivering a sermon at the service, Oke reminisced on how humble the late Taiwo was, and also applauded the church for giving him a befitting burial. He added, “God used Pastor Taiwo and Bimbo Odukoya to found this church, and God is our cornerstone. They spent their years to honour God, and God has done them well.”
The new leaders of the church were then formally installed by Okonkwo, who was described as the ‘grandfather’ of the church.
This was because he prayed for Taiwo when the church was founded, and had guided him all through the years.
He said, “I remember many years ago, big mummy (his wife) and I laid hands on your parents when this church started, and today, we are also laying hands on both of you. God does not use perfect instruments. He uses those who seem unqualified to the natural eye.”
In an emotional laden voice, Jimmy then offered prayers to God, saying, “As your son, I want to say ‘thank you’. You have seen the sum total of who I am, and have placed me in this position. It is only by your grace that you have put me here.
“Thank you for putting me in the family of Pastor Taiwo and Bimbo Odukoya, and for making me carry their name. They stood, and despite the adversity, they carried your flag till their dying breath. Beyond the title, you looked at me and called me worthy.”
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