•CPM’s Most Senior 8 Pastors Reveal
It was a glorious ending for the General Overseer of Christian Pentecostal Mission (CPM) International, Lagos, Rev. (Dr.) Obiora Ezekiel. Ezekiel, one of the founding fathers of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), when he was given a befitting burial a week ago in Lagos. The man of God died at age 78.The news of his death was announced by the church in a statement during church service at its headquarters in Lagos.
Rev. (Dr.) John Eze, who made the official announcement, said the late revivalist and televangelist died in the early hours of Friday, November 19, 2021. The news on Sunday, November 21 of the death of Rev. Obiora Ezekiel, founder of Christian Pentecostal Mission International came to many as a shock. But it was not unexpected. He was aged and apart from that, the renowned evangelist who held sway in the 70s had lost his sight for about two decades before his passing on.But all that did not detract from the great impact and work of ministry that God wrought through him.He was described as an evangelist who never wanted the limelight.
Within the few months from when he passed on and to the time he was buried, it was a sober reflection for most of the members especially this set of pastors who work closely with him and his wife, before he passed. It will interest you to know that Rev. Obiora Ezekiel has raised legions of pastors who are running alongside his vision. These pastors are numerous but this set of 8 Pastors are the ones who entrusted the church headquarters to and alongside his wife, Reverend Mercy. Fondly called Mummy by many, she has been the one running the church at large since her husband was ill and couldn’t step out to church. All these pastors have their different ministries they supervise in the church.
They are Rev Elias Uchechi, Rev Nonye Maduka, Pastor Robert Onuoha, Pastor Chijioke Okereke, Rev Mark Jonathan, Rev Paul Iheme, Pastor Paulina’s Chikamba, Pastor Bright Nwankwo. From the start of the preparation of the burial to the last minute, they were all up and doing. They all rallied round Pastor Mercy Ezekiel, prayed for her, supported her during the grief period. They were all up and doing at the funeral as well handling one thing or the other. For them, it was about celebrating the good life well lived by Pastor Ezekiel in his lifetime. This set of pastors wrote a glowing tribute about the man whom they share a very close relationship with. “A hearty tribute by the pastors of CPM international headquarter to a great father, leader, warrior and mentor, Rev Dr O. Ezekiel.
Our father,Rev,Dr Ozekiel (Gods battle Axe), you came, saw, fought and conquered. It is quite obvious that you are not dead but have just relocated to heaven. For you made it clear to us that believers in Christ don’t die rather they are translated to be with the Lord. We know you are now at the redemption venue where you told us to check on you whenever we finish our assignment and relocate.
Daddy , your absence is felt so much, there is big vacuum you left that no other person can fill. Tears still run down our cheeks till date,daddy, who will ask us, what is wrong with you? For whenever you came to church, on your way to your office, you call names, asking, why are you in this mood? you were so sensitive in the spirit that without anybody telling you anything, you knew when the pastors working with you are going through hard times. What a caring father!
Oh our father, the aroma of CPM, now that you are gone, what happens to our private fellowship with you? No more sitting around you to share Gods word. we won’t hear your loving and jovial give them one-one anymore, daddy now that you are gone, who will give us the correct answers to our troubling questions? Your departure is really affecting us, but what can we do? You taught us to be strong, never to be proud, but to stand always on the true Gods word.
Daddy we know you are resting and your memories still live in us the headquarters pastors,you were to us a father indeed, an instructor, a guide,a mentor, a covering, a spiritual lecturer and a role model. You imparted so much to us. You God and the grace you carried when you were on this earth are still alive in us. More over the mantle you left with us will flourish in our hands because you have joined the spirits if just men made perfect, according to Hebrews 12:22-24. We promise to keep the mantle on until we meet you again to part no more.
From Rev Elias Uchechi, Rev Nonye Maduka, Pastor Robert Onuoha, Pastor Chijioke Okereke, Rev Mark Jonathan, Rev Paul Iheme, Pastor Paulina’s Chikamba, and Pastor Bright Nwankwo .
CPM International Headquarters Pastors.
Late Reverend Dr Obiora Ezekiel is the General Overseer of Christian Pentecostal Mission International, he has preached the gospel of christ for over 30 years with a record of miracles, signs and wonders following his ministry, he is one of the founding fathers of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (Pfn), he has written several books among which are: mountain top experiences, rubbish, business reflections, causes of closed heaven, a cloud of the latter rain, don’t kill that baby, purity of priesthood, god’s battle axe and qualities of a king, his wife
Rev. Dr. Mercy Ezekiel is a dynamic and multi-talented preacher. And an evangelist by calling. Her childhood life was so outstanding and unique when compared with her mates. As a child, she knew what she wanted for life and always go for it.She attended badagry grammar school. Thereafter she went to study Music at University of Lagos. Apart from her studying music, she is a talented musician and has wax eight gospel records. She is a motivator that has all it takes to take you into god’s presence. You cannot stay under her worship leading without drawn close to the lord and sealed in his glory. As a result of God’s call in her life, she went further and obtained several certificates of the international institute of pastoral education and chaplaincy U.s.a.
She obtained from faith bible college and seminary Lagos, a higher diploma in theology, bachelor of arts in theology where she came out with first class. Masters of Theology and doctor of theology.Master of Arts in Christian education from Trinity Christian College Texas US., Doctor of Philosophy in Christian education, Texas, US
The burden she has for unsaved souls took her into full-time ministry in 1978 and was ordained in 1987, which authorized her to conduct gospel services anywhere in the world. Dr. Mercy Ezekiel is a co-Pastor to rev. Dr O. Ezekiel the general overseer of Christian pentecostal mission international at it’s headquartered at ajao estate in Lagos. She is also the national and international co-ordinator of this great ministry worldwide. She is a woman of passion, as her name is (Mercy) so she is, always caring and showing mercy to people, especially the needy. This passion in her for others created a burden in her heart for people that suffer under the torture and bondage of the devil.
Being a woman endowed with spiritual gifts, and filled with the anointing of God for deliverance she found an outreach known as meez outreach (which comprises faith clinic, business commission, prenatal clinic and mercy line). Faith clinic is a non-denominational outreach where men and women with problems come to pray and by faith, their problems are solved through the power and the anointing of God in her life. Business Commission is for businessmen and women. Prenatal clinic is a forum for women looking for the fruit of the womb and God has used dr. Mercy Ezekiel to put laughter in many families. Mercy line is a charitable outlet of her ministry. Dr Mercy Ezekiel is a great traveller. The gospel of the kingdom has taken her far and wide the globe.
The life and the ministry of this dynamic woman of God has affected many lives. People who were abandoned, rejected, forsaken and have no hope of making it again in life are turned to be people with high reputation in the society with hope for eternity just because of the prophetic words of god from her mouth. In honour of her contribution to the spreading of the gospel in our society and to the world at large many awards are accorded her. She was a recipient of the pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria merit award 2000 as a distinguished Christian leader, also a recipient of city people award 2002 as a female achiever, a recipient of totwen award as a distinguished female achiever.Dr Mercy Ezekiel is a writer and author of many books such as the heart of a champion, enviable success, power in the spoken word, etc. These books are life-transforming.
Dr. Mercy Ezekiel is a well-known conference speaker locally and internationally. The uniqueness of her ministry makes her outstanding. Demons bow as she ministers. She is known as prayer machine.