Following the decision of the Governing Council and Supreme Council of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, the General Overseer declared the creation of new provinces in August 2012 among which was RCCG FCT 5.
To the glory of God RCCG FCT Province 5 was carved out of RCCG FCT 1 Province and became a member of the Region 10 Abuja family. The new province is headquartered at the RCCG Desire of Nations Parish, located at Plot 496, Obafemi Awolowo way, Jabi, Abuja. The inauguration ceremony, which took place on the 16th of the mantle of leadership from the Special Assistant to General Overseer & Pastor in-Charge of Region 10, Pastor J.K. Olaade, to the pioneering Pastor in-Charge of RCCG FCT Province 5, Pastor Francis A. Oluwalade and his wife – Pastor (Mrs) Foluke Hannah Oluwalade.
The province's operations had however commenced since 1st 2012. The FCT 5 province was also named as “Province of Incomparable Grace” to exemplify the immense grace and favour of God experienced by the PICP and the entire church.
At inception, a total of 33 Area Headquarters comprising of one hundred and forty-eight (148) parishes were handed over to the new province. Out of this, a Area headquarters does not exist reducing it to 32 Areas. Within three months of operation, another Area was added making it 33 Area Headquarters and a Youth Area which is yet to be named.
The province since inception has been involved in several projects and various activities geared towards fulfilling the mission and vision statements of RCCG and to rapidly reposition the church to attain greater heights. These include the revitalization of the Hour of Divine Solution which holds every Monday between 11:30am and 1:00pm, the introduction of special programs such as the monthly “Night of Glory” – a power packed all-night miracle and deliverance service and the “Fire must change Life” – a special prayer and Holy Ghost encounter program among others.
Even though the take-off was rough and the journey uneventful, with a few hiccoughs however, the province has experienced remarkable growth and expansion. So far, an additional thirty-six (36) new parishes were established locally and another two international parishes located in Accra, Ghana and Sierra Leone. There were also two new Youth churches established during the last church year. To the glory of God, there are a total of one hundred and seventy-eight established parishes at home and abroad in FCT Province 5 as at the end of September, 2013.
The Province has witnessed significant numerical growth since inception; having increased from an average attendance of 7,302 at inception in 2012 to 12,807 in September 2013. Other contributors to growth and notable achievements are listed below:
Total number of births in this one year430
Total number of marriages conducted65
Total number of souls saved4,271
The province had embarked on major projects including the massive renovation and renewal of the Provincial Headquarters, the Desire of Nations parish (entailing the replacement of the leaking roof, complete overhaul of the auditorium ceiling and lights, remodeling and transformation of the altar area/platform and repainting of the church building), installation of elevator at DON, installation boreholes and stations in four communities experiencing water shortages, purchase of land and erection of church building for a parish tagged – RCCG Beautiful Gate Parish located at Angwa Shehu, purchase of Redeemer’s High school land at Mararaba, Nasarawa state and several other welfare support programmes.
We give God all thanks and appreciation for the first year and trust Him for greater Glory in the months and years ahead.