Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, one of the most respected men of God in Nigeria, has retired, after 36 years as the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Pastor Adeboye announced his retirement on Saturday and a replacement as well, reported Nigerian newspaper, The Nation. He would be replaced by Pastor Obayemi.
The church, which was not well known prior to Adeboye becoming the General Overseer, has several branches globally in about 190 countries, including more than 14,000 in Nigeria.
The 74 year old mathematician from Ifewara in Osun state was appointed General Overseer of the church in 1981, taking over from Papa Akindayomi, the founder, who had died the previous year.
For three years he filled the role part-time, still lecturing at Ilorin, until giving up his university position to preach full-time.
He had received his B.Sc. in Mathematics at University of Nigeria Nsukka and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Lagos, and worked as a lecturer in mathematics at the universities of Lagos and Ilorin before joining the church.
After joining the RCCG in 1973, he began working to translate the sermons of its then Pastor and founder, Reverend Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, from Yoruba into English before he replaced him in 1981.