Primate Ositelu Emerges President Of World Council Of Churches For Africa
The Primate of The Church of the Lord (TCL) Worldwide, The Most Rev. Dr. Rufus Okikiola Ositelu has been elected as the President of the World Council of Churches (WCC) for Africa by delegates at the ongoing 11th General Assembly of the council in Karlsruhe Germany.
In a statement by the Director of Media and Public Relations of TCL Worldwide, Rev. Mrs. Olubunmi Badejo, Dr. Ositelu is the first African from an African Instituted Church and the first head of Church in Nigeria to occupy the exalted and esteemed position of WCC President for Africa since it was formed in Amsterdam Netherlands in 1948.
Reverend Mrs. Badejo said Dr.Ositelu is the incumbent and fourth Primate of The Church of the Lord (TCL) Worldwide, a great ecumenist, he was the former Vice President of the Christian Council of Nigeria, (CCN).
She said that the Primate had also served successfully as a member of WCC central committee which is the highest decision making body of the WCC.
“The Church of The Lord was one of the very first African Instituted Churches to be admitted as a member of WCC about six decades ago”
As a visionary Leader, he has taken TCL to greater heights; said Reverend Mrs. Badejo
According to Reverend Mrs. Badejo, other regions with newly elected presidents include Asia, Caribbean and Latin America, Europe, North America, Pacific, Eastern orthodox and Oriental orthodox.
“The WCC is a fellowship of 352 member churches in over one hundred and twenty (120) countries representing over five hundred and sixty (560) million Christians all over the world. It was formed to work for the reunion of all Christian churches and to establish a united Christian presence in the world”
The 11th General Assembly with the theme: “Christ love moves the world to reconciliation and unity” started on August 31st 2022 and will end on September 8th 2022 in Karlsruhe, Germany.