Sunday, 23 March 2014

WHAT YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT OGUNORUNLAYEDE: FROM THE BANKING HALL TO THE VINEYARD


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Baba Ogunorunlayede in a very joyous mood during a revival

Baba, Superior Evangelist (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlaiyede (JP) was born on May 1, 1942 into a Christian family (Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion) at Idi Emi via Aiyetoro, Yewa Local Government of Ogun State. His father was Pa Peter Adesola Adio Ogunlade and his mother, Madam Susanah Ajoke Ogunlade.

Educational Career
This career saw him through Irogun Ilaro Primary School, in the then Egbado South Local Government of Western Region of Nigeria, now Yewa South Local Government of Ogun State. He proceeds to the United Secondary Modern School, Aiyetoro, Yewa North Local Government, having completed his primary education. He bagged a diploma as Communication Technician from Western Region Vocational Training School in Ile-Ife. Finally he obtained his Ordinary Level of Education through Wholsey College, London (Correspondence College). Baba Joshua was adjudged the epitome of brilliance by his colleagues during his time.
With First wife, late Mother Celestila Felicia Abegbe Ogunorunlayede during a service in 2011
His Working Career
At the completion of his Secondary education he left his home base, Idi Emi for Osogbo in search of greener pasture. He put up with a relation, Corporal Nathanial Alao Bamigbade, a.k.a Alao Jagua, a police officer
With the assistance of this relation he secured an employment with Rediffusion Nig. Ltd a subsidiary of the then Western Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (WNBC). He was sent for six months vocational training on Communication at Ife where he bagged his diploma as Communication Technician. He took charge of the entire Osogbo province now Osun State Connecting more than thirty towns and villages together with Rediffusion Communication. These towns and villages included Osogbo, Ife, Gbongon, Ijebujesha, Ilesha, Ilaorangun, Iseyin, Ede, Ilobu, Ire, Ikire, Apomu, Ikoyi and many more. His zeal for climbing while connecting communities earned him a nickname EJo (Snake) among the communities. 
The Jesus @ Golgotha Banner at the entrance of the church on December 1st 2013
Ikoyi, among these communities is very symbolic in the life of Baba, not only for his staying there for over nine years; it was at Ikoyi, he met Mama M/C Felicia Abegbe Ogunorunlaiyede and marriage got contracted culminating into his becoming a father in life.
Baba, Superior Evangelist (Dr) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlaiyede is never daunted any day anytime or under whatever circumstance. Neither his marriage nor his herculean and extensive official assignments prevented him from struggling on with his private study with his Wholsey Correspondence College in London.
He got his Ordinary Level General Certificate of Education in 1971 and a year later he passed his Advance Level General Certificate on Education.
In 1972, he relocated to Lagos with his family. In Lagos he had an encounter with his Uncle, Ayinde Tinubu (now Sup. Evangelist Ayinde Tinubu of CCC. Agege Parish, Ogba). Uncle Ayinde as a mentor contributed in no small measure to the redemption of the life of our father, Sup. Evang.(Dr.) J. A. Ogunorunlaiyede (JP) both morally and spiritually.
With one of Pastor Founder SBJ Oschoffa's son, Evangelist Tosho.
Sup. Evang. (Dr.) Ayinde Tinubu a.k.a Olori Oko in 1973 got Baba Ogunorunlaiyede initiated into the Celestial Church of Christ and he bought him the first Sultana dress.
Baba proceeded on his journey in Celestial with special interest in message writing. He rose to the rank of Onibode (Side Man). Baba while waiting on the Lords for an employment is usually found within the church premises either reading his Bible or recording prophetic messages for people. He was doing this for a while living on charity. By divine arrangement, Baba got a job with United Bank for Africa, Marina in 1975.
He was sent on various courses relating to his new profession in which he excelled each time. There was that particular course leading to managerial promotion for selected executives from the then thirteen branches of the bank and the headquarters. He was among them. At the end of the course and examination only three persons passed the examination for this promotion and our indefatigable Ogunorunlaiyede was among the three persons.
While the jubilation lasted in the official circles the message came from the divine realm that Baba, Superior Evangelist Joshua Akande Ogunornlaiyede (JP) should proceed immediately into the vineyard of God with the mandate to build a church for the Lord. The voice further opined, a protracted illness would follow the refusal of this divine instruction and that the illness will pave way for paralysis.
He therefore put up his letter of resignation. His manager, Mr. J. A. Olorunniola (now of CCC Ikeja II) was rather surprised at the development but God’s will must be fulfilled. He was left with no other option than to receive the letter from him.
Baba, Superior Evanglist (Dr.) Joshua Akande Ogunorunlaiyede (JP) came to this wilderness now known as Calvary Parish 1 in 1980. The name Orile Aguda Parish was given to the Parish then. As the work of the Lord progressed the name Orile Aguda Parish was changed through divine message from Orile Aguda to Celestial Church of Christ, Calvary Parish and that the Parish would in future have seven branch parishes. Today we already have six Calvary Parishes while the seventh in the offing.
Baba; Blessing worshippers with expensive perfume
These Six Parishes are:
 05/04/81 – CCC Calvary 1 Aguda Ogba.
07/05/87 – CCC Calvary 11 Akute Ogun State
10/02/89 – CCC Calvary 111 Itele Road, Ota, Ogun State
04/11/89 – CC C Calvary 1V Idi-Eme, Ogun State.
05/03/95 – CCC Calvary V Old Akute Road, Obawole
11/03/95 – CCC Calvary V1 Olowora, Isheri, Lagos.

These six parishes aside, we still have about fifteen other parishes as offspring of Calvary 1. These include Gesthemane, Canaan, Ile Ileri, Ajinde Ayo, etc.
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His Transformation
Baba, Superior Evangelist (DR.) JA Ogunorunlaiyede (JP) is a child covenant as narrated by Pa Peter Ado Ogunlade, his biological father.
Baba Ogunorunlaiyede is the only male child of his mother’s six children, the rest being females. His father not satisfied with only female children went to the Lord in prayer as a devoted Christian leader of the church of Nigeria Anglican Communion.
To God be the glory, in the year 1940 during the New Year eve, i.e December 31st 1940. The Reverend, after the night’s sermon asked individuals to make request for one important thing in their lives. This time Pa Ogunlade put it to prayer requesting God to give him a male child with a covenant that the child would work for the Lord in his vineyard and his prayer was answered.
On First day of May 1942, Baba Ogunorunlaiyede the requested male child was born. He was christened Julius Akande Ogunlade, a very special child. But while he became a shepherd after ten years the voice of the Lord came down to effect a complete change of the entire name from Julius to Joshua and Ogunlade to Ogunorunlaiyede meaning an Angel came from heaven in human body.
Baba Superior Evang. (Dr). J. A Ogunorunlaiyede received many awards from National and International Organizations in his life time and these includes Distinguished Christian Merit Award (CMA), Grand Commander of healing and Spiritual Administration (GCHSA), Patriotic Christian Leadership Merit Award (ELMA) Justice of Peace (JP) and many more.
To the glory of God, Baba was happily married with children and grand children.

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