Rev. (Dr) Oluyemi Ayankayode Ilupeju is the Pastor of Good News (formerly Adelabu Street) Baptist Church, Surulere, Lagos. He has been serving in this capacity since July 1,1988.
Rev. Ilupeju obtained a B.Sc. (First Class Honours) degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering in 1982 from the then University of Ife, Ile-Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife). After his National Youth Service programme, he won a scholarship in 1984 to do a Post-Graduate Diploma in Electronics at the Philips International Institute of Technological Studies, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
While in the Netherlands, Rev. Ilupeju received a call from God into the ministry. He took steps to actualize the call on his return to Nigeria in December 1984. He enrolled for his theological studies at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, in August 1985 and graduated with a B.Th. (First Class Honours) degree in June 1988. In order to further equip himself for ministering to a growing population of spiritually-maturing Christians, Rev. Ilupeju obtained a Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies (2002) and a Doctor of Ministry degree in June 2007. Through the grace of God in his life, the Church is experiencing tremendous growth in all areas of its life. The congregation currently worships in an auditorium that seats 1,200 worshippers. The auditorium was a dedicated on April 8, 2006. The Church operates a Day-Care centre, a Nursery/Primary School, an Institute of Mission Studies, and a Clinic. The Church is actively involved in missions and has planted several churches and adopted many others in different parts of Nigeria, Republic of Benin, and Burkina Faso.
Rev. Ilupeju has five other full-time ministers working with him and responsible to him for leading the Church in Music, Evangelism & Church Planting, Missions, Children & Youth, and Education. As the Pastor of the Church, he is responsible for leading the Church to function as a New Testament Church. He superintends the work of the Church and leads the congregation, the organizations, and all Church staff to perform their tasks.
The Pastor has the responsibility of preaching the Word of God to believers and unbelievers alike. He is the one responsible for leading the worship services of the Church. He also presides over the Diaconate, Church Council and the Church-in-Conference, which is the business meeting of the Church.
Rev. Ilupeju is happily married to Mrs. Olajumoke Abimbola Ilupeju and the union is blessed with four sons. About his call into the pastorate of Good News Baptist Church (formerly Adelabu Street Baptist Church), and his experience in the early years of his ministry, Rev. Ilupeju has the following to share:
My call into the Pastorate of this Church began one hot afternoon in January 1988 when I was summoned by the Rev. Prof. Osadolor Imasogie into his office to meet with Deacon & Mrs. G. O. Onosode. They had come to the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso, in search of a Pastor for the Church which they founded and which they had led for about four years at that time. After intimating me with the purpose of their coming which was to find out my willingness or otherwise to Pastor the Church, I was invited to visit the Church on Sunday, February 21, 1988. I honoured the invitation, and after the service in which I preached the sermon, I was asked to visit again on Sunday, March 27, which was Palm Sunday. This second visit was followed with a formal letter of call dated 6th April, 1988. I replied to this letter on 12th April, 1988. A second letter detailing my conditions of service was received a few days to my graduation that took place on Saturday, June 4, 1988.
I resumed my ministry in Adelabu Street Baptist Church, as the Church was then called, on Friday, July 1, 1988. On that day, I reported for duty at 44, Adelabu Street, Surulere, where the Church had been meeting since its establishment on Wednesday, February 1, 1984. Since the Church had not yet provided an accommodation for me, I used to come to work from my family house at 15, Olasimbo Street, Onike,Yaba. My office was a corner of the living room of 44, Adelabu Street which gave me a good view of the gate and was a vantage point for seeing those who came to see me for counseling.
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