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RCCG CENTRAL PARISH PROFILE

The RCCG Abuja started as a result of the strong vision the General Overseer Pastor E. A. Adeboye has for Nigeria because if a Nation must be healed, it must start from the source. The Region began with Pastor Daramola as the Pioneer Regional Pastor with its provinces at FCT, Niger, and Nasarawa known as Nasarawa 1 and Niger 1. The Regional Headquarters, which is Central Parish, was planted in the year 1992. The single Parish grew to an Area, Zone, Province, and then a Region, which was later named Region 10 Headquarters before the current Regional headquarters, Utako was built in 2010.
Indeed, nothing can be told about RCCG, Abuja without repeatedly mentioning Central Parish. Before the year 1987, there had been no RCCG parishes in Abuja. However, some Redeemed Christian Church of God members came to Abuja due to the secular job posting and began a House fellowship. In the year 1987, they started the first House Fellowship Center in Abuja at Block 53, Flat 1, Karu, Abuja, the then residence of Pastor C. J. Akiri. It seemed like a little-sown seed at that time. These people labored tirelessly not knowing the great harvest God had for the fellowship in the future.
As time went by more members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God started to attend from Wuse and Garki. This led to the house fellowship being translated into a Parish. In September 1990, RCCG moved to L.E.A Primary School, Karu-Nyanya and by November 1990, normal Sunday worship commenced.
The Karu Parish, which was renamed Praise Assembly much later started with 12 parishioners with Pastor C. J. Akiri as the first Parish Pastor while Deacon Kunle Omotosho was made Parish Pastor in the year 1997. Some of the ministers present during the first revival were Pastor Funsho Odesola, Pastor Dada (late), Asst. Pastor Suleman, Pastor Ige from Igbado.

 

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Another crusade was held on the 2nd December 1991; this programme accelerated the growth of the Church, and the pioneering ministers were Asst. Pastor C. J. Akiri, Asst. Pastor S. A. Oke, Asst. Pastor Ajibade, Brother Taiwo Omolaja, Asst. Pastor E. Abeni and Asst. Pastor Sunday Ige amongst others. The year 1992 saw the birth of the second parish Chapel of Life in Garki led by Asst. Pastor Goddy Kpai who later handed over to Pastor E. A. Kalejaiye. In November of that year, Pastor Olu Obanure, a Bank Manager, who was a member of that church invited the pioneers to a meeting to make his intention about planting a new Parish known. This Bank Manager prior his job relocation to Abuja had been a member of RCCG, Apapa Parish. Pastor Olu Obanure after the discussion moved from being a Bank Manager to a Parish Pastor, the first Pastor of RCCG, Central Parish, Abuja, which commenced on the 29th September 1992 at Agura Hotel, Area 10, Abuja.
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In 1993, there was a Holy Ghost (festival) service led by Pastor E. A. Adeboye. Some people played strategic roles in the formation, birth, and growth of RCCG, Central Parish. They fasted, prayed, gave their time, talent, and treasures to lay a good foundation for the church, such as Pastor S. A. Oke and Pastor Obadiah Mulero, a National Secretary, posted from Lagos to coordinate the House fellowship in 1997. After this period of moving from one place to another working and praying, the church (Central Parish) finally moved to her permanent site at Plot 1249, Aminu Kano Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja. As it is traditional with RCCG, the Province/Region has also seen the postings and transfers of several Pastors who left behind footprints the church will not forget.

The following Pastors were mightily used by God to move the Church (Abuja family) to the present enviable position.
Pastor Olu Obanure (1992 to 2003) – First Provincial Pastor
Pastor Peter Amenkhiena (2003 – 2006) – Provincial Coordinator and 2nd Pastor-in-charge of Province
Pastor Elijah O. Daramola (2006-2010) – First Regional Pastor and 3rd Pastor-in-charge of Province
Pastor Joseph K. Olaade (2010 – 2014) – Second Regional Pastor and 4th Pastor-in-charge of Province
Pastor Emmanuel A. Ibitayo (2014 – 2018) – Third Regional Pastor and 5th Pastor-in-charge of Province

Pastor Ezekiel A. Odeyemi (2018 – till date) – Fourth Regional Pastor (Northern Region) and A.G.O. (Education and Training)

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