Barely 24 hours after the shocking death of the founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), Prophet Temitope Joshua, another popular pastor has died in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Reverend Stephen Akinola, the General Overseer of Redemption Ministry died on Sunday, June 6, after a long battle with an undisclosed ailment.
A member of the church confirmed the passing of the pastor whose church in Port Harcourt, located along the Eastern Bypass axis, became popular in the 1990’s.
“Yes its true. We have lost our daddy. He has been sick for a while now and died today (Sunday). We are all devastated”, the chruch member said.
Rev. Stephen Akinola was a native of Igboho, Oyo State but was born in the Northern part of Ghana, in a city called Tamale, into the family of Late Mr and Mrs Samuel Akinola.
He had nine other siblings and was the youngest of all. At the age of 13, Stephen lost his father to a ghastly accident.
He started his elementary school education in a little town in Northern Ghana, Damago at the age of four. In 1963 he graduated to Middle school. He further attended Government Secondary School, in Tamale. His secondary school education was sponsored by his uncle, which he concluded in the year 1970.
In 1971, he returned to Nigeria and started his career as a teacher in the Baptist Primary School, Igboho.
He went back to school after working for two years, and enrolled at the Yaba College of Technology. After completing his education, he decided to go into ministry after he had an encounter with the holy spirit during his school days.
During his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) days he functioned as one of the pastorate of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry (DLCM). He organized Bible study and prayer meetings through which he wrought signs and wonders.
He preached to multitudes and transformed lives.
Pastor Akinola left DCLM, in January 1987, and started his own ministry the Redemption Ministries, which has tremendously increased and has cut across several states in Nigeria and outside the country to places like Brazil, Canada and United Kingdom.
His church became very popular when it started a special programme tagged “Suya night”, which attracted most people in the city of Port Harcourt to attend.