Methodist Church Nigeria, Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà was founded on Sunday 16th February, 1977 through the efforts of Late Pa M.A. Adeniyi and his partner at Ijeda, Pa Paul Oladimeji. The sitting-room of Late Pa M.A. Adeniyi at Odo-Oja Street was used for Sunday Services and prayer meetings during the week. Other Co-Members and Pioneer Members of the Church include:-
Late Pa I.O. Omodayo (Baba Ijo)
B.O. Ajilore (A Nursing Sister at the Maternity Centre, Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà then)
B.O. Olanrewaju (A tent making Minister then)
Late Pa J.O. Owoeye (Baba Isale Ijo)
Late Pa Ikotun
Late Madam R. Igbaroola (Iya Ijo)
Late Madam Arojojoye
The church moved to its first permanent site at Odo-Oja Street, along Ere-Ijesa Road in 1980. Students who were Methodist members from the then Divisional Teacher’s College, Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà came and worshiped with the few members on Sundays. The members were being inspired, and they exhibited a high sense of mutual love and understanding among themselves. They continued to grow in spirit under some able leaders, capable hands who conducted services and Bible classes.
When the Ijeda Local Church, a section then under Methodist Church Nigeria, Ilesa Circuit, became a full-fledge circuit the then Presbyter, the Very Rev. Agosu, took up the responsibility of caring for Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà Local Church. Materials like a pulpit, pews and bands for the use of the Choir and for conducting church services were supplied to the church by Ijeda Local Church. Since that time, Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà Local Church has been one of the Local Churches in Ijeda Circuit.
The first Baba Ijo of the Church was the Founder, Late M.A. Adeniyi, while the first Iya Ijo was Mrs. J.O. Ajilore. The last Baba Ijo was Late I.O. Omodayo, who died on 2nd February, 2011. The first society steward (1978-1991) was Mr. S.B. Otegbeye, now the Presbyter of Methodist Church Nigeria, Aagba Circuit, Aagba. Other stewards that had served were Bro. J.O. Ekundayo and Sis B.O. Folarin, then Sis, F.F. Babanumi, F.O. Adesokun and Bro. G.O. Adekanla, who soon after his appointment left for ministerial training and now a Presbyter of Methodist Church Nigeria, Opebi, Lagos. The present stewards are Sisters Kehinde Oyedeji and Taiwo Ojo.
Bros S.B. Otegbeye and M.O. Fakuyide, now presbyters at Aagba and Ogbomoso respectively, had served as the Leaders’ Meeting Sectaries. Bro Babajide Ojo is currently the Leaders’ Meeting Secretary, now Church Council.
Methodist Church Nigeria, Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà, since its inauguration, has continued to develop both morally, spiritually and socially. The members are mostly non-indigenes and are government workers in various fields. In spite of this, the population of the church had continued to increase until the former Obokun Local Government Council was broken into Oriade and Obokun.
The activities of the church include Sunday School Programme, Bible Study, Weekly Prayer and Sunday Worships. The church is an active member of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà Branch. Some members of the Church have progressed to become full minister since its inception.
Deaconess T.K. Oke.(now Fagbiye)
B.O. Olarewaju (tent making minster)
The Very Rev. S.B Otegbeye
The Very Rev. M.O. Fakuyide
The Very Rev. G.O. Adekanla
Methodist Church Nigeria, Ìjẹ̀bú-Jẹ̀ṣà has two sites:
The old one located at Ere-Ijesa Road.
The New Church is located at Oke-Iloro, off Ijeda-Jesa Road. The foundation of the new church building was laid on 17th December, 1999 by the former Prelate, His Eminence Sunday Mbang. We finally moved to the place on 1st January 2006.
To the glory of God, the ultra modem building was dedicated on 16th December, 2012 by the Archbishop of Ilesa Archdiocese, His grace, The Most Rev. C.O. Oderinde, while His Grace, The Most Rev. L.S. Ayo Ladigbolu delivered the sermon. There are also many lay preachers in the church.
The following have been workers and ministers in the church since its inception: Sub Pastor Kotu Doudu (Ghanaian); Sub Pastor Fadipe (Now a full time minister); Deaconess Ekundayo, Deaconess (Mrs) Taiwo; Deaconess Ogunsoyin; Rev. Ade Ademoroti (tent making minister); Sub Pastor T. Oga; Rev. Charles Jegede (now a Ph.D Holder); Deaconess Funmilayo Oladimeji; Late Sub Pastor Feyitimi; Sub Pastor F.O. Faluyi (now a Rev Minister); Evang. G.O. Adejumo (now a Rev Minister); The Rev W.O Fasina (now a Presbyter); The Rev. R.M. Olamidun (now a Presbyter); Rev. P.A. Akindeko; Rev. M.A. Adedokun; Evang. J.A. Adeyemo (now at M.T.!); The Rev Gabriel Ogunyemi; The Rev Toyin Ogunsakin (October 2012 to date).
In addition, the Late Rt. Rev. (Dr) Akin Ojumu, an indigene, was also a member of the church.
SOURCE: ÌJÈBÚ-JÈSÀ THE AUTHENTIC HISTORY (ÌJÈBÚ-ÈGBÒRÒ, City Set On The Hill) Researched by: Rev. (Dr.) G.O. ÈKÉMODÉ J. Olásebìkan ÒNÍ Chief Victor A. FÁTÍRÈGÚN Chief P.O. OLÁTÚNBÒSÚN Edited and Updated by: Babáníyì BABÁTÓPÉ ÌJÈBÚ-JÈSÀ UNIONS CONFERENCE (IJUC) 2013