By SAM EYOBOKA & OLAYINKA LATONA

LAGOS—ACTIVITIES marking the annual convention of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, which also marked the 60th anniversary of the church, came to a close yesterday with the ordination of 715 full pastors by the General Overseer, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

The farewell service which crowned the colourful one week long event at the expansive Holy Ghost Arena, began at about 8.30 a.m. with the procession of the male and female candidates who had been adequately drilled and groomed by the church authorities for the past three days in preparation for the ordination.

The new pastors in addition to the over 2,000 assistant pastors and the over 7,000 deacons and deaconesses earlier ordained during the convention are expected to assist the General Overseer in the task of administering the church and taking it to all the nations of the world.

After the ordination, a senior pastor of the church, in apparent reference to recent calls on the General Overseer on attainment of the age of 70 years last March to retire, advised the congregation to be mindful of their statements, saying that the emergence of Pastor Adeboye as the General Overseer of the church was divine.

One of the special assistants to the General Overseer of RCCG, Pastor D.A. Ilori cleared the air by telling the congregation that Pastor Adeboye could not retire from the position of the General Overseer of the church yet, as the position was not political but a divine one.

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