Baba CokerFirst and foremost immeasurable honour be given to God, the Father and Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, for allowing the manifestation of the mission Cherubim and Seraphim church on earth.
One of the leading founding Fathers of the Church Movement, Nathaniel Coker was born in 1886. He grew up in Lagos and schooled at Holy Trinity School, Ebute Ero, and the first secondary school in Nigeria, C.M.S. Grammar School, Broad street, Lagos between 1907 and 1913. Though, his father, Pa Joachim was of the Roman Catholic faith, the young Nathaniel embraced Anglican Church and was being groomed for priesthood. Pa J.A. Philips introduced him to St. Moses Orimolade Tunolase, thus he became a member of Cherubim and Seraphim and was instrumental in the founding of The Holy Order of Cherubim and Seraphim Northern Conference in 1941. Baba Alakoso J.A. Phillips of the Cherubim and Seraphim Western Conference ordained him the Spiritual Father.
Baba KalejaiyeHis grace Samuel Ogunleke Kalejaiye was born in 1901 at Offa in Kwara state, to a pagan family. He schooled at St. Marks (CMS) School Offa. He became a Christian in 1922 and joined the Cherubim and Seraphim in 1931 in Kaduna. Soon his leadership qualities began to show and in 1937 became a leader. He was ordained an Apostle and Senior Apostle in 1947 and 54 respectively. Popularly referred to as “Kiniun Eya Juda” (“Lion of Judah), he was ordained special Apostle in 1959. As the deputy, he contributed tremendously to the growth of the Church and worked excellently and loyally with Baba Aladura Coker. He became the second General Overseer in 1971 and transited to the great beyond in 1982.
Baba AgboolaMan of God Joseph Taiwo Agboola, a farmer and an Ifa priest, turned lay reader in the CMS Church was born in 1880 at Offa in Kwara state. Became a Christian in 1926 after training as lay reader in the CMS Church and was ordained April of same year. He became a member of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church in 1932 at Abeokuta while still performing his role as a lay reader in the CMS Church. In 1938, by divine revelation through Prophetess Sarah Oyelami, Pastor Agboola was informed of a call to work as a pastor in the Lord’s vineyard. He refused at first but yielded later and became a Pastor on Olorunkole Hill in 1946.
For several years he enlisted converts, conducted baptism in Kaduna, Jos, Zaria, Kano and Minna. He was ordained as the first Special Apostle in the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church, Kaduna, became the Spiritual Father after Baba S.O. Kalejaiye in 1982.
It was during his tenure that the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church recorded giant growth and successes. It was during Agboola’s time that the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church became stronger and more consolidated in Europe and America. He was able to harness considerable human and material resources for evolution of a united, strong and spiritually sound church, being a firm believer of Holy Spirit. Part of the dynamic and progressive policies he introduced in the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church was the setting up of a Central Planning and Implementation Committee (CPIC) for the development and growth of the mission. The performance of CPIC has so far been gratifying. One of the high points of Agboola’s evangelical life was the introduction of the U.S.A. Sub conference of our great church. He transited to the great beyond in 1997
Baba Dr. ShofarasinThe fourth General Overseer is a man of destiny, a skillful administrator, patient and devoted man of God, an embodiment of rich treasury of God’s grace. His exemplary leadership as the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church General Secretary for almost half a century is monumental.
A man of peace, Christopher Adewumi Shofarasin, was born at Ijebu Ode on the fourth day of June 1913. He schooled at St. Augustine’s Catholic School, Ijebu Ode, between 1922 and 1929, young Christopher Adewumi came down to Lagos and continued his educational pursuit at the famous Wesleyan Boys’ High School (Methodist Boys High School). He passed his Cambridge Examinations in flying colours, was the best Mathematics student in his final year. Worked as telegraphist at the Posts and Telegraphs department between 1933 and 1936 and retired as a Higher Superintendent of Press.
Baba Aladura Shofarasin was surely not born with silver spoon in his mouth, but he, by dint of hard work, refused to take the back seat in human endeavours.
He joined the Cherubim and Seraphim Church at Ita Balogun Street, under late Elder Davies and it was during this period that he met Major Lawrence who was the first Missionary of Cherubim and Seraphim. Baba Shofarasin was ordained an Apostle in 1949, Senior Apostle in 1968, Most Senior Apostle in 1972 and Special Apostle in 1982. He became the General Secretary in 1941, leader and Chairman of the Kaduna District in 1990 and Deputy Overseer in 1992. Went to the United Kingdom in 1995, there he officiated at the induction and inauguration ceremony of the U.K. district. He was ordained the fourth Baba Aladura in 1997. He created six additional districts. He left for the great beyond in June 2005
AbidoyeMy father was Odetundun Abegunde who was Oba Olomu of Omu Aran, in Kwara state, which was Ilorin province when I was born. My mother was Tinuade Tinuola daughter of Niniola, a princess of Oponda.
I started schooling in May 1934. About on 14th February 1938 my father died. About 1938 Senior Apostle Prophet Oyinloye Rore introduced me to the Cherubim and Seraphim Church. In 1940, I was one of the students taken from N.A. school, (primary school) to secondary school in Ilorin, “called Middle School”. We were moved to Bida Middle school. I joined the Nigeria Railways1944. I worked with the Railways 1944 to 1958, during when I rose to the position of second class station master. When the Nigeria Railways became corporation I was one of the people that refused to work for the Corporation and were retired.
I worked with the Ministry of Agriculture Kaduna 1958 to 1960 December. At Kaduna I attended the Holy Order Cherubim and Seraphim Movement Church. I was working in the Secretariat as Tithe collector. At Kaduna I was able to develop spiritually. I was a member of Ifeloju band. In 1960, I decided to travel to London to do Photography. I left Kaduna and sailed out of Nigeria on 5th January, 1961. I came to England with my payer gown. I fasted three times before we arrived Liverpool. I observed lent period throughout the years I was in England even before we started church in London.
In 1965, some of us started the Holy order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church Movement here in London. I lost job to be able to worship my God, in the way the Cherubim and Seraphim Church worships. I worked for the British Railways 1961 to 1965. Though I came without money, my wife and I bought our house 18 Arlingford Road, London SW2 2SU, August 1963.
Just as other converts memorized the catechism, which we had to repeat before baptism in 1936. I was given the grace of seeing, in my dream, Jesus Christ, Peter, and John in trance in 1958.
Starting a church in 1965, my training for the post of Baba Aladura, by God became more pronounced when I started representing the Cherubim and Seraphim in World Council of Churches in 1976. I was able to learn from other churches when I started attending meeting with CBI. My ordination in 1977, as Special Apostle put me firmly in a position of chance to become a Baba Aladura.
In 1970, the Secretary MSA Pro. Peter Korode and myself as the spiritual leader registered the Church in UK.
In 2005, by the grace of God, I was unanimously appointed the Spiritual Father of this our great Church during the Ibadan Conference. My official installation took place in May, 2006 during Mount Horeb celebration.