This is introducing ChurchTimes, a publication that promotes the Church (Body of Christ), as well as creating a platform for laudable activities relating to the church in all areas of interest. It is the product of an age-long vision to report the church in a professional way and with a view to also promote good values and morals.
The publication is not just another Christian journal. It is an attempt to report people in the church and those who are called by the name of Jesus and also to report the activities going on in the church. With various pages including news, features and interviews, tit bits, social diary and light hearted humor, the publication is packaged in a way that offers the reader a refreshing insight into the activities that take place in the church and carried out by Christians in every sphere of life.
This publication is a product of a vision given to GBENGA OSINAIKE. He is the publisher cum editor-in-chief of the publication. He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University where he bagged a second class upper degree in Dramatics Arts. He specialized in playwriting and was one of the few students that were taught playwriting by the late professor Ola Rotimi author of the popular play, GODS ARE NOT TO BLAME.
He did his youth service in Enugu State. There he served as a reporter with the defunct Outlook Newspaper and later as the pioneer editor of Gospel Truth, published by Mr. Sam Agbiri. He was at the same time the News Editor of the Coal Kopa, a publication of the NYSC Enugu, which was edited by Waziri Adio, a former editor with THIS DAY NEWSPAPER. As a corps member, he was the deputy editor-in-chief of Trumpeter, a publication of the Christian Corpers in Enugu State. His one year stay in Enugu was indeed fruitful as he was able to participate in many activities that earned him the recognition of the state NYSC.
Shortly after leaving Enugu, Osinaike decided to explore the media world. He joined PUNCH in 1993 December and was there till March 2007. He rose to become an Assistant Editor in the PUNCH. While in PUNCH, he did his post-graduate degree programme at the University of Lagos in Literature in English and earned the degree in 1998.
Aladesanmi is the Managing Editor of the publication. He attended King’s College Lagos after which he proceeded to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he earned a degree in Agriculture ( Specialization in Animal Science). As an itinerant youth minister over the years, he has been instrumental in the establishment of teenage churches in different church denominations and counseling programs in several secondary schools. He has ministered across the length and breadth of the country on parent- teens relationship. A former contributing editor to the Teenage Manual of the Four Square Gospel Church Nigeria, he has also undergone various courses in parenting and teenage ministries.
After attending the Lagos branch of the Association of Faith Churches and Ministries bible school based in the USA, he now runs itinerant counseling and teaching programs. Quite versed in church history and politics and with a long standing relationship with a number of church leaders, he has been of immense value to the publication. A perceptive and inspirational teacher of God’s word, he has continued to work conscientiously to ensure that Church Times comes out without hitch.
Other people involved are Kingsley Ehilegbu, Dayo Emmanuel and a host of others who from time to time contribute regularly to the project.
Professor Tunde Cole Onitiri. He was the former chairman of Clinical Pathology of the University Of Lagos College Of Medicine. He is an international director of the Full Gospel Business Men Fellowship and has been actively involved in evangelical work in the country.
Dr. David Abraham is the Managing Director of Managing Business for Christ. He is a minister of the gospel, a technocrat and an astute businessman who has demonstrated immense commitment to the Church Times project.
Prof. Dapo Asaju who is a lecturer of Christian Religion at the Lagos State University is also a member. He is a Bishop in the Anglican Communion. He has been a great encouragement.
Mr. Femi Boyede, a consultant with the International Trade Centre and managing director of Koinonia Ventures
Dr. Akin John, President of International Church Growth Institute he has been a source of great encouragement to the project.
Mrs. Nike Adesina, a veritable source of encouragement for the vision.