* Relocates to London, hands over church to someone
Prophet Samson Ayorinde of the World Evangelism Bible Church, with headquarters in Ojota, Lagos, has described as untrue the festering allegation that he buried a human being in his church premises so as to continue to enjoy massive patronage. The minister of the gospel who trained as an architect and hails from Ilorin, Kwara State also denied relocating abroad due to the devastating impact of the unpleasant allegation on his ministry.
During YES International!’s visit to the church (situated on 51/53, Ogudu Road, beside Kosofe local government secretariat, Ojota, Lagos), on Monday, April 8, 2013, at about 12 noon, the security man who identified himself simply as Timothy directed us to the new Resident Pastor and new man in charge, one Harold Chinonyerem. Adorning a gray shirt and black trousers, he first scolded the security man for allowing a press man into the church without first clearing from him before attending to us.
On being intimated with our mission, he said: “Those who said the church used to be more than this in terms of population may be right, because about 6-7 years ago, we used to block the whole street during our services and we normally conducted four to five services on Sundays. But they should also remember that at that time, we only had this church building in the whole of Lagos and all our followers were coming from far and near to worship at this headquarters church, but now we have over 40 branches in Lagos alone; more than 10 branches in the United Kingdom and over 20 branches scattered across Europe.
“So, what would you say now if I tell you that the Prophet was here in church on Sunday, April 7, 2013 for the church’s monthly Holy Communion? What would you also say if I tell you that the Prophet is still in Lagos at present and that you might even meet him before you leave us today? I have been a member of this church for over 10 years and I’ve pioneered two churches; one at Isolo, Lagos, about three years ago and another one in Port-Harcourt, where I was before I was appointed as the Resident Pastor of this headquarters church. For some years now, the Prophet has made it a must to be in the Lagos headquarters church every month for the monthly Holy Communion service and he has not missed it more than once since that time.
“That the man of God ran away from Lagos is a lie from the pit of hell. He used to be in Lagos frequently before because all his followers are in Lagos, but now that they are scattered all across the world, he needs to visit them and show his love, care and fatherly attitude to as many nations as he can touch. The rumour is unfounded and I’m sure if the Prophet hears about this, he would laugh over it because I’m sure you might have been hearing something of this nature before now, so we are used to it”.
But persisting with their allegation, our sources countered thus: “What were you expecting before? Were you expecting the church or whoever you spoke to, to say it’s true? Of course, they wouldn’t have done that. And for you to know that something is wrong somewhere I just want you to examine these: Why would the General Overseer leave his headquarters for a Resident Pastor? Secondly, can the Pope leave the Vatican City, the headquarters of the Catholic Church or even Pastor E.A Adeboye leave The Redeemed Camp in the hands of a Resident Pastor or even Bishop David Oyedepo leave The Canaanland for a Resident Pastor?
“Another thing that will tell you that something is wrong somewhere is that the crowd that we used to know the church with has deserted it. Even the man’s midnight prayer programme on LTV or MITV has also stopped. But we pray he survives the wicked rumour because if you encounter the Prophet one on one, you will surely like him. He’s quiet, talks slowly and appears to me like a gentleman”. A native of Rore, Ilorin, Kwara State, Ayorinde is the second of his parents’ five children. His father was a carpenter and his mother, a house wife.
Born on October 6, 1961, he attended St. Michael’s Primary School and Ilorin Grammar School. Thereafter, he proceeded to Kwara State Polytechnic; from there, he moved to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he bagged his first degree and Master’s in Architecture. Metamorphosing into a lecturer at ABU, his ministry started in 1995 with only 20 people in Zaria, Kaduna State. This was after he had been bought for the Lord by Prof. D.B Olumeyan, also a lecturer in the school. From Zaria, he relocated to Lagos after three years and little by little, his growth started. His ‘Miracle Service’, then held every Tuesday, used to be jampacked. Likewise his monthly programme, ‘Anointing Night’, which used to hold inside the premises of LTV in Agidingbi, Lagos and sometimes at the mainbowl of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. Both programmes used to attract thousands of people. Married to Mercy and blessed with four children (Peace, Praise, Perez and Priscilla), even his television and radio ministry, PROPHET SAMSON AYORINDE LIVE, which used to air three times in a week, has also stopped.