CONSECRATION OF NEW BISHOP OF YEWA DIOCESE

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2014

Ven. Ernest Onuoha

CONSECRATION OF NEW BISHOP OF YEWA DIOCESE

BY

ERNEST ONUOHA

 THE Church of Nigeria, (Anglican Communion) would on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at St James Cathedral Church Okebola, Ibadan consecrate the newly elected Bishop of the Diocese of Yewa, Ven. Michael Adebayo Oluwarohunbi. He now succeeds the retiring Bishop of the Diocese, Rt Rev. S. Adebola.

The peaceful election of Ven. Michael took place at St Peter’s Chapel, Ibru Centre on January 9, 2014. The Primate of All Nigeria, Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, presided over the election and was assisted by his brother Bishops.

Announcing the result of the election later, the Primate was full of joy because Ven. Michael Adebayo was his staff, being the outgoing General Secretary of Church of Nigeria. He thanked God for his election and hoped that he will bring his wealth of experience to bear in shepherding the flock of God.

It is interesting to note that Ven. Michael was an inter-testamental General Secretary of Church of Nigeria. He was appointed under the then retiring Primate of All Nigeria, Most Rev. Peter Jasper Akinola and served under the then incoming Primate, Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, a post he held until his subsequent election as a Bishop.

During the service of consecration, men and women of goodwill are expected to come to cheer him up and to also wish him well for this onerous task, particularly, as he prepares to take over as the new Bishop of Yewa Diocese.

Ven. Oluwarohunbi was born on April 21, 1960. He hails from Ororuwo, Boripe Local Government Area in Osun State. He has a good Christian parentage and a strong Anglican background.

For his theological formation, he attended the Diocesan Bible Training School in Abuja and was made a Deacon in 1998. He was priested in 1999 and in order to strengthen his priesthood formation, he attended the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, Bukuru from 2002 to 2005, where he obtained a Bachelor of Divinity (BD). Between 1998 till date, Ven. Oluwarohunbi has served as Parish Priests in many Churches under Abuja Diocese. He was preferred a Canon of the Cathedral in 2005 and was made an Archdeacon in 2009.

It is good to note that this man of God is a good family man, happily married to Mrs. Grace Oluwarohunbi, his dear wife and they are blessed with godly children.

It is our considered view that the new Bishop will not lose sight of the demands of the office of a Bishop. Bishops retreat of 2014 succinctly put it thus: ‘the Bishop: An Overseer, Evangelist, Administrator and a Pastor of Pastors’. The work is not going to be easy but those who are called by God; He will always equip and use them for His glory. More so, the Holy Spirit, our mission partner will also be on guard to enable one to so perform. Yes: ‘In a work you never did, God will give you the strength you never had.’

Therefore, we at the Centre and members of the Reference Committee of Church of Nigeria headed by Barr. Abraham Yisa, wish this servant of God a happy and fruitful Episcopacy. Congratulations!

Ven. Ernest Onuoha,

Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre,
Agbarha-Otor,

Delta State.

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