Edo State – especially its capital, Benin City – witnessed a wave of Pentecostal expansion that spawned new churches in the 1970s and 80s. Pastors In Edo State
The main champion of that revival movement was the fiery preacher, Benson Idahosa, who later became one of Africa’s most influential Pentecostal preachers.
Ever since then, several notable and inspirational preachers of The Word have emerged.
Radical faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is championed by these outstanding clerics, who have not only stood the test of time to their faith but have attested that Christ is good to all and sundry.
In this article, we would briefly look at the top 10 Christian clerics who are currently superintending over the largest Christian congregations in Edo State.
Margaret E. Benson-Idahosa
With more than 50 years in the vineyard of God, the wife of the late Benson Idahosa, Archbishop Margaret Archbishop, has continued to be a blessing to mankind.
She is currently the General Overseer of the Church of God Mission International (CGMI), Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University and the Proprietress of Word of Faith Group of Schools and proprietress of Word Of Faith group of schools with over 108 branches nationwide.
Margaret Idahosa, who is the first African female Archbishop, was conferred with the Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) by the federal government of Nigeria in 2008.
Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude is the General Overseer of Gospel Light International Ministries a.k.a “New Covenant Gospel Church”, a church he founded in 1988. The church, with its international headquarters in Benin City, has branches spread across the nation as well as outside Nigeria.
Apart from being a stickler to the tenets of the Holy Bible, Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude is also famous for his legendary humility.
Before founding his church, Omobude was under the tutelage of the late Arch Bishop Benson Idahosa where he served on the pastoral team of the Church of God Mission International.
Omobude, a former national president of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), is the founder of the Covenant Christian Academy, GLIM Bible College and the Lighthouse Polytechnic.
The Senior Pastor and General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministries International, Apostle Prof. Johnson Suleman, has impacted thousands of lives through God’s anointing upon his life.
After working as an assistant pastor in the Armour of God Church in Lagos from 1998, he started Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide in 2004. Omega Fire Ministries has its headquarters in Auchi, Edo State.
Suleman is also the President/CEO, CelebrationTV Network Ltd, Hossana oil and gas, etc.
Samuel O. Osaghae
Rev. Samuel Osaghae superintends over arguably one of the largest Churches in Edo State. He is the senior pastor of Believers Ministries International, a church that commands thousands in attendance on multiple services every Sunday.
The ministry is notable for the healing power of God. This is seen both in the physical crusades and television programs such as the ‘Teach Us To Pray’ program.
Dr. Abraham Chigbundu is one of the pioneers of apostleship in deliverance. He has enjoyed abundance of God’s mercies. The operation of his deliverance ministry – the Voice Of Freedom Ministries Worldwide, Benin City, Edo State – spanned three decades.
Chigbundu also runs some private businesses such as real estate, petrol station, educational institutions, event halls, etc.
Apostle Charles Asabor is a renowned deliverance minister. He currently pastors Christ Victory Bible Church worldwide, Benin City, Edo State.
Through his deliverance ministry, thousands have testified to have been blessed.
Oghosa Margaret Agbonifo
The amazing Evangelist Oghosa Margaret Agbonifo doubles as a revivalist and a gospel singer. She anchors the annual program, with the theme; “Mother Arise”.
At the retreat, thousands of wives and mothers make intercessions for their families.
Pastor Charles Osazuwa is the president of Osazuwa World Outreach (OWO) and the Senior Pastor of “Rock of Ages Christian Assembly (RACA)”. The Church has her Headquarter in Benin, Edo State.
Osazuwa is the host of “A Night With The King” – an annual mega worship music concert. The event attracts hundreds of thousands of people to Benin City. He sits on the board of numerous companies and runs a consultancy firm.
Gordon A. Gordon Jr.
Bishop Gordon A. Gordon Jr. (Gordon Osagiede Jr.) is the first child of the late Bishop Gordon and Pastor Eunice Osagiede – the founders and visionaries of Spirit & Life Bible Church and Godhead Prayer Ministry Worldwide. Pastors In Edo State
In 2006, he has ordained Bishop of Spirit & Life Bible Church and is also the Facilitator of Godhead Prayer Ministry with chapters and members all over the globe.
Upon the death of his mother in December 2020, Gordon Jr., became the presiding Bishop of Spirit and Life Bible Church Global.
Although Apostle Joshua has gone home to be with the Lord, his relevance and impact, while alive, cannot be easily wiped nor forgotten.
Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua Ede Osasuyi, JP joined the Christ Chosen Church of God (CCCG) in 1963.
He rose through the ranks to become the third General Overseer of Christ Chosen Church of God (CCCG) in 2007.
During his lifetime, many lives were blessed under his ministration. Also, over 800 branches worldwide were established during his rein.
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