In a big change from the world of movies to the church, famous Nollywood actor Jimmy Odukoya has taken on the role of Head Pastor at the Fountain of Life Church.
This important move happened after his father, Taiwo Odukoya, who founded the church, passed away in the United States on August 7th at the age of 67.
Jimmy, who is the firstborn son of the late pastor and his late first wife, Bimbo Odukoya, has made a significant step in his life’s journey.
You might know Jimmy Odukoya from his roles in recent movies like ‘I am Nazzy,’ ‘Mambam’s Diamond,’ ‘Crazy Grannies,’ and ‘The Wait.’ Now, he’s shifting his focus from acting to leading a church, which is a big change.
Jimmy married Kemi Odukoya in 2013, and they have two kids. The announcement about his new role as Head Pastor was made during a Sunday church service, adding extra importance to this change in his life.
During the service, Rotimi Okpaise, a pastor at the Fountain of Life Church, explained that Pastor Taiwo Odukoya had talked to the board of trustees (BoT) about his plan for who should take over before he passed away. Based on this plan, Jimmy Odukoya was chosen unanimously by the BoT to be the new Head Pastor and chairperson of the board.
Pastor Okpaise said, “Jimmy’s installation as Head Pastor will happen on Saturday, September 30, 2023.” This event marks the official start of Jimmy’s leadership at the church.
The Fountain of Life Church was founded by Pastor Taiwo Odukoya in 1992 and has grown to become a strong pillar of spiritual guidance and community involvement. Pastor Taiwo Odukoya served as the Head Pastor until his passing. He was highly respected for his unwavering dedication to his faith and his strong connection with his congregation. Jimmy’s appointment shows the church’s commitment to carry on this long-standing tradition of spiritual leadership.
The passing of Pastor Taiwo Odukoya came less than two years after the sad loss of his wife, Nomthi Odukoya, who was from South Africa. She had been battling cancer for two years before she passed away on November 9, 2021. The church and its extended community mourned her loss and continue to find strength in the lasting memory of both Pastor Taiwo and Nomthi Odukoya.
As Jimmy Odukoya takes on his new role as Head Pastor, he understands the importance of following in his father’s footsteps. He has the support of the Fountain of Life Church community behind him. The road ahead may have challenges, but it’s also a path filled with faith, hope, and the promise of continued spiritual growth for everyone in the congregation.
The installation ceremony on September 30, 2023, will be a day of celebration and a new beginning for the Fountain of Life Church under Jimmy Odukoya’s leadership. It’s a significant moment for the church and its members as they embark on this new chapter together.
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