By Sam Eyoboka & OLAYINKA LATONA
ON July 18, 2010, former urbane Redeemed Chriustian Church of God pastor, Ituah Ighodalo inaugurated his own assembly, Trinity House, at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island to end a wilderness period that trailed his sack at RCCG.
At that inuguaral meet attended by former Ekiti State governor, Niyi Adebayo, wife of former Cross River State governor, Onari Duke, former Nigerian High Commissioner to the UK, Ambassador Christopher Kolade among others, the former pastor of Christ Church, Gbagada, Lagos welcomed the tumultuous crowd of worshippers, saying that Trinity House is a church with a mission to transform the society and the future of generations yet unborn.
In less than three years, while his contemporaries are still struggling to find their feet, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo has taken the Trinity House to a great new height when he invited another group of Nigerians to a special thanksgiving service cum auditorium dedication of the church called “Zion Centre” located on Water Corporation Drive, off Ligali Ayorinde in Victoria Island, Lagos.
The dedication of the 5,000-capacity sanctuary also coincided with the pastor’s 52nd birthday just as Pastor Ituah Ighodalo’s Foundation used the occasion to give out a lifetime achievement award to former principal of Maryhill Convent School, Ibadan, Mrs. Ogunnusi and Akerele Olu-waseun Samuel, the best accounting student of Unilag.
Pastor Ituah in an unusually joyful mood appreciated the goodness of God upon his life and his ministry, giving hint of the various challenges the young church which transited at the Civic Centre, before moving to the Landmark Village had surmounted before the acquisition of a permanent site of their choice.
The humorous pastor did not hide his gratitude to his former principal Mrs Ogunnusi, describing her as a mother, teacher, disciplinarian and a woman of integrity who had contributed her quota towards educating and instilling morals and sound doctrine into students that passed through her tutelage at Maryhill Convent School, Ibadan.
Admonishing the congregation in a sermon titled; “Our Great God”, Pastor Ituah quoting several scriptures, noting that it is only God who can make the impossible possible as He is great and the only creator.
In his words: “It is only God who can create something out of nothing. He is God of all creations, and He is the only one who knows the end from the beginning. He is the only one who answers prayers and do great things. He lives for ever, He alone can give and take life and He cannot die”.
Various departments in the church including the teenagers used the occasion to show their affection for their chartered accountant pastor as they presented a playlet in his memory. The drama group also staged a short scearch while the choir thrilled the audience with numerous melodious songs and choruses.
Dedicating the auditorium, Deputy National President of PFN, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, and Venerable Gbenga Fagbemi described Pastor Ituah as a visionary leader, humble and destined to soar higher in ministry.
Pastor Paul who conveyed the goodwill message from the new POFN president, Rev. Felix Omobude, also enjoined members of the Trinity House to join hands with their presbyter to accomplish the God-given vision for the ministry.
Pastor Ituah also used the occasion to commend the sterlings contributions of certain individuals including the project manager, Bayo Rotimi, one Ezekiel, who he said had been sleeping at the site for the past four months, and several others who had ensured that the held.
He hailed the brotherly prayers and efforts of Senior Pastor and Pastor Ifeanyi Adefarasin, Pastor Sola Balogun of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Adeolu Adefarasin and the traditional ruler in the community, the Elegusi of Egusi.
The atmosphere in the exquisite auditorium became electric whem all the eminent participants were called up to cut the birthday cake. The choir responded appropriately while the choice equipment wafted high faloten music as the members danced heartily.