Adetutu quits as pastor of Odo-Oru Baptist Church, launches autobiography

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Enoch OYEDIBU


Reverend Dr John Oladapo Adetutu has retired as pastor of Odo-Oru Baptist Church, Ogbomoso after 28 years in the church. The event which was a weeklong programme commenced with a four-day revival service on Sunday, February 23, anchored by Rev’d (Dr.) A.A. Adeniji. The fifth day witnessed a symposium titled, “The changing phase of evangelism: Past, present and future and challenges,” with Rev’d Dr. Duro Ayanrinola, Revd Segun Babalola and Rev’d Dr. Ezekiel Ajani as discussants, while Friday, February 28 featured medley and testimonies. Odo-Oru Baptist Church Choir, Yomi Olabisi (Yomi Apala), Ruth Kemi Ayangbekun (Amokoko) and Remi Adeniwura & His Mercy Music Ministry were the groups that performed in the evening.
The grand finale which came up on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at the church auditorium was attended by many dignitaries who were in ecstatic mood to rejoice with the good-humored but no-nonsense man of God.
The guests included former governor of Oyo state, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala; president, Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN), and who is president of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, NBC, Rev’d. Dr. Supo Ayokunle; president of Ogbomoso Baptist Conference, Rev’d Dr. Thomas Niyi Ojo; Bishop Anglican Diocese, Ogbomoso, Rev’d Dr. Titus Olayinka; Rev’d Dr. Dele Adeleru; and the president of the Women Missionary Union of the NBC, Rev’d Dr. R. A. Lateju.


Monarchs were also not left out as the Onpetu of Ijeruland Oba Sunday Oladapo Oyediran Lagbami Osekun III, Aale of Okelerin, Oba Samuel Babatunde Amao; Baale Ijeru, High chief Elijah Popoola; and others attended.
In his message tagged “Seeing God’s beauty in retirement,” with scripture taken from Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13, Rev’d Dr. Supo Ayokunle, congratulated the retiring pastor and his wife Mrs. Sarah Abiola Adetutu while enjoining them to plan carefully what next for them.
He rejoiced with the Adetutus on their successful calling at Odo-Oru Baptist Church and wished them success in their future endeavours.
“There’s time for everything. The Lord allowed Rev’d Dr. Adetutu to kick-start his ministerial calling in the church on August 1, 1992, and made him witness today February 29, 2020, the time of his retirement.
“Therefore, we gather here onto God that gives His servants the grace to pastor His sheep at Odo-Oru Baptist Church for 27 years and we thank God that no disunity or catastrophic event happened during the stay of His servants.”
Speaking about “Beauties in the hour of retirement,” he mentioned five kinds of beauties that are important, which included, beauty of reflection, beauty of fulfillment of the purpose of God, beauty of dance, beauty of rest and beauty of enjoying the fruit of past labour.
He affirmed that God wants the Adetutus to reflect, rest, dance and enjoy the work of their past service at this time of retirement.
He further prayed God will continue to strengthen them while commending their years of labour in the church.
Earlier in a farewell address by Deacon S.O. Amao on behalf of the church, Rev’d Adetutu was regarded as a leader who greatly promoted both spiritual development of members as well as physical development of the church, adding that he was always propelled by “unwavering faith in the lord and strongly believe in the efficacy of prayer.”
Many were his achievements in the church according to Dn. Amao which would fill several editions if these were to be highlighted in this newsmagazine.
Thanking God for the journey so far, Rev’d and Mrs. Adetutu, who betrayed emotion and infecting members with same, expressed gratitude to the personalities that graced the occasion.
Going down memory lane, he said he left First Baptist Church, Shogunle, Lagos on August 1, 1992 for Odo-Oru Baptist Church, enthusing, “by the grace of God today, we are rounding off here.”
He identified founding of a number of churches as some of the things God did through him in the church. These daughter churches included Imole Ayo, Shiloh and Apata Igbala Baptist Churches while New Era Baptist Church, Living Truth and Christ Fountain Baptist Churches were adopted.
His autobiography, titled, “My Voyage,” the public presentation of which was part of the event, chronicles specifically people that had helped him, academically and in the ministry aside beaming light on his life from the cradle.
Adetutu effusively appreciated the church for their support and cooperation over the years as well as members of the other churches he had served.
He also used the occasion to present Rev’d. Dr. (Mrs.) Adenrele Afolabi as the acting minister to be in charge of the church, disclosing her tenure would be four months.
Meanwhile, speakers after speakers spoke glowingly about his enchanting personality, diligence and devotion to the truth of the gospel.
In the meantime, The Insight presents here excerpts from the tributes by three monarchs from the programme of event.
Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Oladunni Oyewumi Ajagungbade III notes, while congratulating Rev’d Adetutu, “Being a good son, you had a good relationship and rapport with me in the palace and community. You equally contributed to the growth and development of the church humanly and spiritually.”
Onpetu of Ijeru, Oba Sunday Oladapo Oyediran Lagbami Osekun III asserts: “You are bowing out of the active service happily having harmonized the outcasts and the lost sheep into the kingdom fold and reconciled men with their creator, the giver and taker of life. From Shogunle in Lagos to Odo-Oru Baptist Church in which you have evidently proved your mettle as a true servant of God.”
Oba Oyediran further states, “Unforgettably, in the community services you have meritoriously served in Ogbomoso Parapo organization in which through that medium you made efforts settling what you perceived as rancor among Obas in the land by bringing all under a single authority which to me remains a pipe dream, unrealistic, impracticable, untraditional and our only source of disagreement overtime.
“You proved being valiant by dabbling into such monarchial related issue because you trek where un-commissioned feared to trek. Let me charge you not to feel disappointed for not having achieved your target but study history and other claims of the parties involved and make assessment with fairness.”
For Aale Okelerin, Oba Samuel Babatunde Amao II, “The life and ministry of Rev. Dr. John Oladapo Adetutu have rubbed off positively on the Ogbomoso community in many aspects. Simply put, he pastored more members than those who sat directly under his ministrations these many years.
“Way back in First Baptist Church, Shogunle, where we first came in close contact, I knew him as a pragramatic minister with sterling qualities. When it pleased God to bring him to Odo-Oru Baptist Church, Ogbomoso where he gloriously retired, the passion did not diminish…If it were possible, one would like to have someone like Rev Dr. John Oladapo Adetutu and his beautiful wife in the pulpit forever. They both reflect what they preach,” while also praising him for his developmental efforts in the Okelerin community.

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