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Biography of Pastor Emmanuel Olatoro Odejobi

 

Pastor E.O. Odejobi


The Shakespearean dictum which says "some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them" is a statement true to the life of the 12th General Superintendent (Designate), Christ Apostolic Church, Worldwide,Pastor Emmanuel Olatoro Odejobi.A man with an humble background but with a determination to succeed in life through the dint of hard work.  

 

HIS BACKGROUND:

From grass to grace

 

The living legend was born on 31st July,1952 to Pa Abraham Odejobi. Pa Odejobi was a pioneer member of Christ Apostolic Church, Oke-Ayo,Baakun  Ipetumodu in Ife North Local Government of Osun State. He is also a farmer, hunter and a leader. The mother of Pastor Odejobi is Mama Maria Omitunde Odejobi who was a Deaconess in The Apostolic Church., Ipetumodu. She is trader who sells Aso-Oke and Kerosene.

 

His boyhood

Expectedly he grew up coerced into accompanying his father to farming even on Sundays when he would have loved to attend Church services.

 

It is an irony of life therefore that he who was born into the home where palm wine was tapped, sold and celebrated could grow to be the dispensing station of the Word of God and become an attraction and host Ministers of the Gospel. It is rather unthinkable that the son of an ordinary farmer would become the Superintendent of a conglomeration of Gospel Believers and Gospel Ministers.

 

 

His Education

He attended Christ Church (Anglican) School 1, Ipetumodu from 1960 where he left for St. John’s Primary School at Omidi Onipetesi in 1964 where he accompanied his brother Reverend Francis Adunola Odejobi who is now late. There he completed his primary school education and gained admission to CAC Commercial Modern School in 1965. He could however not attend because of lack of funds.

 

He spent the academic year on the farm handling hoes and cutlasses instead of biro and notes and in the classroom. It is no wonder that he grew up ensuring that the children of even strangers are financed in schools even university education by him.

 

He joined Binuyo Electrical Works in 1967 as an apprentice and completed the training in 1970. He thereafter joined social outfits. He was one of the foundation members of the erstwhile Oredegbe Social Band at Ipetumodu captained by Mr. Morohunkeji Olowolawi from where he joined Guinea Ade at Ile Ife who later became Yemi Kuti in Lagos. This reflects till today in his ministrations as he employed meaningful and fittingly appropriate songs to buttress Gospel truths.

 

Pastor Odejobi holds London C&G Course C in Electrical Engineering, an equivalent of National Diploma (ND).

 

Honours

Pastor Odejobi was an awardee of two Doctor of Divinity. He was awarded at All Nations Bible College, Ibadan and Christ the King Theological Seminary, Lagos.

 

Sports life

 

He was a lover of sports especially football. He joined others to play football but his delight was goalkeeping. One thing with him was and till now is his commitment and zeal towards whatsoever he does or is assigned to do.

 

The talent later earned him opportunity to continue his education in fulfillment of the scriptures which is ‘the gift of a man makes way for him’ Proverbs18:16.

 

After being in limbo academically for four years, he accompanied his friends to their school. By providence, that day the school had football training session but the second team had no goalkeeper. So for one he offered to keep the goal and that day he made daring saves which endeared him to the hearts of both the spectators and the teams. This led to his admission into Anglican Commercial Modern School where he completed the modern school education in 1973.

 

Gospel / Christian Life

 

In his final year there was a group of students called the ‘brilliant ten’ among whom Pastor Odejobi was one. Their Teacher was poised to ensure their success so he offered to assist them but at a cost. So the ten started to look for the money. Pastor Odejobi approached his cousin, Taye Odesola who rather than gave him money gave him an option of committing the examination into the hands of Jesus rather than trust in the lecturer. Instead of money he was asked to pray and fast. With that resignation option he opted for Jesus and told his colleagues three of who joined him.

 

The result from the examination favoured Pastor Odejobi and his colleagues while others who relied on the lecturer failed. This incident implanted faith in Jesus in him.

 

Later on one of his journeys he had cause to go and excrete in a bush while the vehicle he boarded had some problem. There he saw a tract which had been abused. He picked and read it. The title of the tract was ‘no adjustment later’. The message broke him leaving him with no other time to give his life to Jesus Christ. He also read Pastor Kumuyi’s tract titled “Others’ May, But I Cannot.” The message of the tract also shaped his life not to join others to do what is not right.

 

Armed with the Modern III Certificate, he came to Lagos to join his cousin, Pastor Taye Odesola, who was the manager of  Christ Apostolic Church Printing Press, Shiaba, Agege, Lagos under late Pastor Benjamin Okpaise.

 

His knowledge of electricity and installation earned him a job with WESTEX, working as Assistant Engineer with an Indian.

 

In 1974, he sought and got admission into Government Technical College, Owo. It was dramatic but divine intervention secured it for him.

As a President of Christian Youth Movement through which over 30 members have become ministers of the gospel, amongst was Late Pastor Titus Adejubu, a trainee under him who also happened to be the first Pastor and Chairman of CAC Garki, Abuja.

His ministry cut across board. He is a grassroot and cosmopolitan Evangelist whose evangelism penetrated the nooks and crannies of Nigeria states, West African coast, Ghana, Benin Republic, etc., Europe and U.S.A.

He was mentored by the following dynamic men of God:

i.                   Pastor John O. Oyebanji

ii.                 Pastor A.O. Akinosun – President, CAC Worldwide

iii.              Pastor S.O. Oladele – General Superintendent, CAC Worldwide

iv.              Pastor D.O.A. Oloye – General Superintendent (Retired)

v.                 Late Pastor E.A. Faniyani – Interim Chairman,  CAC General Executive Council

 

He was also discipled by Pastor J.K. Solomon

 

He served in the following committee and board in CAC:

i.                   Chairman- Evangelical Committee under revered General Evangelist, Prophet S.K. Abiara (Rtd.)

ii.                 Member, Ministers’ Wives Advisory Committee

iii.              Vice Chairman, Mission Board under the present indefatigable General Superintendent, Pastor S.O. Oladele

iv.              Member, Ministers’ Welfare Scheme

v.                 Member, Management Board

Pastor Odejobi has grown through the ranks and he is presently a member of the Management board of Christ Apostolic Church and one of the Trustees.

 

 

CAC Transfiguration Zone

CAC Transfiguration Zone has over 25 assemblies, four Districts and two centres. To the glory of God, many ministers have been raised through the ministry of Pastor Odejobi. There presently 30 Pastors and 25 Evangelists in Transfiguration Zone.

 

Drama

 

By this time he had been showing the Jesus in Him and in his desperate move to communicate the Gospel of his Lord to his world, apart from preaching, he went into drama and eulogy. He also employed songs to add to his means of disseminating the good news. He led many evangelical outreaches and it had become obvious before leaving the school that the hand of His Saviour was on him. 

He graciously combined his evangelical fleet with academics with good results which was amazing.

 

He led various evangelical groups and fellowships such as CACSA and Light of the World. He was the President of Christ Youth Movement.

 

Not less than 30 members of the movement have become renowned men of God among who was Pastor Adejubu, who was the pioneering minister of CAC Church Garki in Abuja. He completed his course as Electrical Engineer.

 

 

His second chapter in Lagos

 

After the completion of his career at the Technical College he came to Lagos but not as in the former stance but as Gospel light bearer but who must need a course to his station.

 

He joined the veteran Evangelist Segun Ilesanmi as interpreter and as Gospel recruit. There he was till the crisis in 1978 in Christ Apostolic Church, Oke Itedo Olorun Iyanu. Just like it happened on the football pitch so it happened on the Gospel pitch. He became a ready tool of God to stand for God to manage the crisis.

 

In 1983, the crisis led to splitting the Church and he moved peacefully with one part to become Christ Apostolic Church, Oke Irapada. The latter is now a DCC while the former is Regional Center.

 

From there he moved out for peace and though without a clear vision of where he was going but God compensated him with meaningful outreaches which culminated into what is today known as CAC Transfiguration Zone with 25 assemblies, four Districts and two centres.

 

Marital life

 

He is married to Folashade Mariam Odejobi and both are blessed with male and female children some of who presently reside overseas. His wedding ceremony was conducted at Go Yee Evangelical Church in 1982 brought back late Pastor T.A. Iyanda who founder of the ministry.

 

 

Affluence

 

Though a man of significant influence in people’s lives he detests using his influence for affluence but the influential grace from God has often made his listeners to generously share their affluence with him.

This was why a woman who listened to him on a street evangelism outing, gave him her Volkswagen Beetle car in 1980. From then to date he has rarely bought any car with his money.

His affluence is from his influence in the life of people.

 

APPOINTMENT AS GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT

Pastor Odejobi was appointed as the General Superintendent of CAC Worldwide on Thursday October 15, 2020.  

 

5 comments:

  1. May this their administration never disappoint God and His people... More grace father in the Lord Jesus Christ..

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  2. May God use his evangelical zeal to his glory as it was in the glorious days of J.K. Solomon and Timothy Iyanda. Thank God for our *electric* superintendent! Congratulations!

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  3. May God use him mightily for the purpose of his calling IJN.

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  4. Sir, we pray that you will continue to give your best in every spheres of your life sir.

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