The history of Christ's Chosen Church of God international holds great teachings and testimony for any believer who understands the steadfastness, uprightness, and uncompromising nature of God. The history of the church shows the awesomeness and the mighty working power of the Holy Spirit.
The church was born with the name, "St. Joseph Apostolic" into a Nigeria world in which the people's struggle was mainly political and against colonial rule. Nigeria was forming and the organizing political scene was filled with negotiation both at home for party supremacy and in Britain for national recovery, Alongside this struggle, the conventional churches also had this struggle largely about their character, their method and rituals.
Converts came to the church not only from the cracks on the conventional churches, but also from the strongholds of worshipping in the heathen environs. More and more homes were getting disillusioned with idol worshipping and were increasingly finding solace in the lord Jesus. In a short time, St. Joseph's Apostolic Church spread branches all over Bendel (then part of We stem Region of Nigeria).
The leader of this new church was Joseph Ikechukwu Anyanwu, known more by his faithful as, "the Elect of God" He soon dropped 'Anyanwu' from his name and retained his first name because, according to him, it was Joseph Ikechukwu that God called, not Anyanwu. He was a man of exceptional ability.
Ajagbodudu in Sapele area of Bendel State, was where the earliest root of the church was planted. It was the village where Joseph Ikechukwu was called in 1949 from his daily labour in palm oil production to the vineyard of God.
The rules and Conducts of St. Joseph's Chosen church of God which was presented In 1964 as the constitution of the church
By 1967 the ministers of God in the Service of God In the Service of the church had increased greatly. Some of them with whom Apostle Joseph Ikechukwu worked are listed here below. The classifications only seek to highlight the trends in the church's career plan. The ministers in the active service, who benefited from this plan and survived the founding rigors of the time, rose to be the ones blessed with leadership positions in later years.
The years of Ikechukwu ascendancy, ending in 1967, were the glorious years in the history of St. Joseph's Chosen Church Of God. Thereafter, it faced a withered state, a parting of the ways, then a metamorphosis upon which Christ's Chosen Church of God became a rejuvenation.
- Joseph Ikechukwu
- Samuel Agbonifo
- Joseph O. Eguasa
- Jonathan Otasowiw
- Augustine Omoregie
- Philip Osarenwide
- Ariwodo Mba
- Godfrey Ukala
- Adebanjo Disu
- Peter Uwajigba
- John Osarumwese
- Gabriel Onu
- Joshua Akpomudje
- Joshua E. E. O. Osasuyi
- Peter Osagiede
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