Gbadebo: CAN Apapa honours him for service
The Apapa, Lagos Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN on Saturday June 22 honored its pioneer Chairman Venerable Michael Gbadebo during a programme tagged A DAY OF PRAISE
The event, which held at the Emmanuel Anglican Church Marine Beach was put together to mark the 70th birthday of Ven. Gbadebo and to celebrate the meritorious work that God used him to do among the churches in Apapa area of the state.
Various choirs and orchestra groups from different churches and denominations – including Roman Catholics church, Baptist church, Foursquare Gospel church and Anglican church, rendered soul lifting songs and praise to appreciate God for his life of sacrifice and commitments to the work of God.
The Archdeacon of Marine beach Archdeaconry & vicar of The Good Shepherd church Apapa, Ven Paul Ogedengbe gave the exhortation dwelling on the need for everyone to serve God unreservedly as the celebrant did for many years. He said the benefits of such cannot be quantified as is visible in our midst.
The events was earlier preceded with a Bible quiz competition among some schools in Apapa area. The trophy, plaques with monetary reward were given to first three schools while consolation prizes went other participants.
Apostle Dr. E C Okwuonu gave the brief citation of the celebrant. Dignitaries at the event were Rev Emmanuel Akao, Rev Mrs S Tairu &.Rev Dr J K Agboola among many others.
Venerable Gbadebo was a priest in the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion for 27 years before he retired in June 2019. He was the the Vicar in charge of St. Andrew’s Anglican Church which God used him to start before he was transferred by the church to St. Paul’s Church Breadfruit from where he retired.
Gbadebo became born again in the 60s while in secondary school. He served with the Scripture Union and then later went to Emmanuel College, Ibadan from where he undertook his theological training after his first degree in History at Obafemi Awolowo University.
His ministry has impacted several lives. Gbadebo who comes from Ilesha, Osun State told our correspondent in a separate interview that it was the grace of God that saw him through the challenges of ministry work while it lasted.