A Brief on the Celestial Church of Christ in Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà

CELESTIALThe Church, Celestial Church of Christ, was established in Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà on Friday, the 29th of January, 1978. It was then the second parish of the church established in the whole of Ijesa land then; and the fourth that was established in the whole of the old Oyo State as at that time.

The birth of the church was made possible with the retirement of Pa Senior Evangelist Lawrence Ojo Fasosin of blessed memory who hailed from Oba Aworo compound of Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà, from the civil service of Oyo State on the 30th of June 1977; and with his decision to move home from Ilesa to Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà, his native town, to settle down after his retirement.

Pa Snr. Evang. Lawrence Ojo Fasosin who had risen to the rank of a leader, a respectable position in Celestial Church then, and having undergone the necessary pastoral trainings of the church, find it difficult to stay at home with his family, not finding a place to worship. He was however spiritually inspired to start worshipping in his sitting room at Fasosin compound of No. J.18A of Odo-Ese Street, Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà, on the 29th of January 1978 and miraculously many other worshippers joined him. The church eventually witnessed a rapid growth that the sitting room could no longer accommodate the increase in the number of worshippers.

By and large, they started looking for a larger place to accommodate the worshippers. Fortunately, two prominent sons of Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà who are devoted members of the church at Lagos, Sup. Evang. Otenigbagbe, O. A. and Sup. Evang. Ajilo donated a piece of land at Ajifolokun Estate and by May 1978, The Pastor Founder of the church, Saint S.B.J. Oshoffa sent one of his Lieutenant Revd P.H. Ajose who in later years became the Head of the Church Worldwide, to lay the foundation stone at the present site of the church.

A small shed of about 40ft by 30ft was firstly constructed with plywood on the foundation; which forced the congregation to move from the sitting room to the present permanent site by early 1979.

The birth of Celestial Church in Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà invariably gave way to the establishment of the church in many towns in Oriade/Obokun Local Government, such as Ibokun, Ipetu-Ijesa, Esa-Oke, Iwoye-Ijesa, Imesi-Ile, Ilase, Owena, Ikeji-Arakeji and many other towns in the two local governments.

With the expansion of churches in many towns and villages in Oriade/Obokun Local Govemment, Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà parish gradually rose from an ordinary parish to a Zonal Headquarters under Imo Ilesa Area Headquarters and in 1993 it became a District Headquarters controlling all the Celestial Churches in Oriade/Obokun Local Government with Snr Evangelist Lawarence Ojo Fasosin as the Pioneer District Head/Evangelist. Eventually, Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà Parish rose to the status of a Circuit Head in April 2009 with Superior Evangelist Isaac Salami becoming the Pioneer Circuit Head.

And to God be the glory like the Anglican Communion in Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà who gains their total freedom from the control of Ilesa Diocese. Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà Parish of the Celestial Church of Christ has also risen to the status of a Diocese which is known as Province in the Celestial fold, under the leadership of a Bishop known as Ijesa North Province Head otherwise known as Bishop of Ijesa North Diocese of Celestial Church of Christ. Superior Evang. Prophet B. T. Olufunmilayo is the Pioneer Province/Bishop. The letter of approval to this was duly signed by the Head of Celestial Church of Christ Worldwide, Revd Pastor Emmanuel Mobiyina Oshoffa, whose approval took effect from the 19th of August, 2013.

Other Parishes of Celestial Church of Christ established in Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà after the first parish in Ajifolokun Estate includes the Celestial Church of Christ Parish II, Oke-Eruru, Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà, established on the 11th of December, 1984 and the Celestial Church of Christ, Mount of Olives Parish along Ilesa Road was established in December, 2008.

(ÌJÈBÚ-ÈGBÒRÒ, City Set On The Hill)

Researched by:
Rev. (Dr.) G.O. ÈKÉMODÉ
J. Olásebìkan ÒNÍ
Chief Victor A. FÁTÍRÈGÚN

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