Leadership

By special and divine grace of God, Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua Edenabuohien Ehimwenma Osemwegie Osasuyi, JP, was born at Erua in the year of our Lord, 15th of March, 1937 into the God-given family of late Pa Osasuyi Orumwense and late Madam Edomwande Osasuyi (nee Erhunmwunse) both from Erua in the then Eghobamien Council now known as Uhunmwode Local Government Area – Edo State, Nigeria.

Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua Osasuyi attended C.M.S. School , Erua, where he obtained Standard School Certificate. From there, he proceeded to Oghada Secondary Modern School to obtain a Modern Three Certificate. He also attended Agric College , Akure between 1958 and 1959.

In January 1963, Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua Edenabuohien Ehimwenma Osemwegie Osasuyi, received and answered the glorious call of God to serve as a Minister in the Lord’s vineyard. As a result of this important call of God, and his zeal for the spread of the gospel, he then attended Christ’s Disciples Seminary where he obtained a Certificate and later Diploma in Theology respectively. Before joining Christ’s Chosen Church of God in 1959 (then St. Joseph Chosen Church of God), Most Senior Apostle Dr. Osasuyi had spent about nine years in the Anglican Church at Erua.

His Pastoral Journey

Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua Ede Osasuyi, JP has passed through the rank and file of the pastoral ladder of Christ’s Chosen Church of God since he answered the call of God in 1963. By God’s grace, he is one of the Ministers who have maintained unbroken chain since he joined the ministry in 1963; receiving his first promotion in 1967, his second promotion in 1972, the third in 1978, the fourth in 1993, the fifth in 2002 and the ultimate in the ladder on the 1st of September, 2007.

His Pastoral / Apostolic Portfolios

Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua Ede Osasuyi JP started his Gospel Ministry as a Station Minister first in his home town at Erua in April 1963. Thereafter, he served in various capacities as Group Head and District Head respectively in Stations such as: Uhi, Oza, Ugieghudu, Uzama, Iguobazuwa, Abbi , Virginia (twice), Iru, Auchi, Abudu, all in the former Bendel State and Jos in Plateau State . As the Church further expanded by the emergence of more branches, Divisions were created for effective administration and Most Senior Apostle Dr. Osasuyi was saddled with the responsibility of overseeing many of these branches as Divisional, Area / Zonal Head. Such Divisions included: Agbor, Ajegunle, Port Harcourt, Uromi, Kano, Sapele, Virginia, Asaba, GRA (Benin City) and Aba.

To the glory of God, Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua Osasuyi JP has lived up to the call of his master as demonstrated by his passionate interest in church planting for the singular purpose of soul-winning. His laudable landmark achievements in Stations, Districts, Divisions, Area / Zones are there for the present and up-coming Ministers to emulate. Apart from the above-mentioned offices, Most Senior Apostle Dr. Osasuyi was also favoured by the Lord to be appointed in other official responsibilities to display his God-given talents and potentials all to the glory of God. These included:

  • Chairman – Land and Building , Benin Area;
  • Supervisor, Upper-Lawani / Iguobazuwa Divisions in Edo State
  • Director, Estate Department
  • Director, Health Services
  • Chairman, Disciplinary Committee
  • Director of Administration
  • Director of Lands and Housing, Vice-Chairman, Church Council all at the Church International Headquarters

Before becoming the Vice-Chairman, Church Council and a Trustee of Christ’s Chosen Church of God Worldwide in 2003, Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua Osasuyi JP had spent nearly 40 years in the Ministry, working in virtually all the States of Nigeria. Amongst the laudable landmark achievements include being the pioneer Minister and initiator of planting a church in Abuja from where other branches are now springing up. A widely traveled man of God whose missionary journey has also taken to Canada – precisely Montreal and Toronto.

On the 1st of September, 2007, Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua E.E.O. Osasuyi JP, the apostle of Truth, was crowned as the Spiritual Leader and Chairman Church Council of Christ’s Chosen Church of God Worldwide, an organization founded in 1949 with 736 full time Ministers of the Gospel, 690 Auxiliary Ministers and 220 workers scattered in more than 740 Branches of the church in Nigeria, Europe, Canada and America. Most Senior Apostle Dr. Osasuyi JP is the President of the Christ’s Disciples’ Seminary, Proprietor of Christ’s Chosen Group of Schools made up two Nursery, two Primary and two Secondary Schools and the Executive Producer of the Chosen Hour of Salvation, a Chosen Television Programme from where his messages of hope, truth and redemption are packaged for the millions of viewers across the globe via the satellite and local television stations in Nigeria.

Awards of Honour

In recognition of his exemplary dedication to hard work and propagation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Edo State Government rewarded Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua Ede Osasuyi, with the conferment on him ofJustice of the Peace (JP) in 1994. In the year 2000, he bagged the prestigious award of Doctor of Divinity(D.D.) from J.B.C. University and Seminary , United States of America . Also in 2003, he received double honours of Excellence first as a Patron of the Gospel Singers, Edo State Chapter and second as that of the Boys Scout of Nigeria.

His Pastoral Journey

Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua Ede Osasuyi, JP has passed through the rank and file of the pastoral ladder of Christ’s Chosen Church of God since he answered the call of God in 1963. By God’s grace, he is one of the Ministers who have maintained unbroken chain since he joined the ministry in 1963; receiving his first promotion in 1967, his second promotion in 1972, the third in 1978, the fourth in 1993, the fifth in 2002 and the ultimate in the ladder on the 1st of September, 2007.

By God’s special grace coupled with the love to serve humanity, Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua Ede Osasuyi JP is a Major General in the International Chaplains Corps Inc. and an Official Member to the United States Chaplains Association and International Association of Christian Chaplains – U.S.A.

On the 26th of July, 2008, the People State and Resource (PSR) Magazine in a ceremony that attracted Captains of Industries, Jurists, Administrators and Leaders of all sorts in Abuja conferred on Apostle Joshua Osasuyi the Development in People Merit Award (DINMA) in Religion.

Following this and in recognition of Apostle Osasuyi as an International Cleric, he was conferred with the prestigious award of an Ambassador for Peace (AFP) to the United Nations on Saturday the 18th of October, 2008.

In a similar development, the Nigerian Students under the aegis of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) conferred on Apostle Joshua Osasuyi the prestigious award of the Grand Commander of the Nigerian Students (GCON) on Thursday the 1st of October, 2009.

His Marriage Life

Most Senior Apostle Dr. Joshua Osasuyi JP got married to his amiable wife, Most Senior Rev. (Mrs.) Grace Imuwahen Osasuyi in 1965 who has given him nine children – five boys and four girls and many grand children to the glory of God. Together they grew through the ministerial ranks of the church from the lowest to the highest of Most Senior Apostle. To his credit, through the special grace of God, Most Senior Apostle Dr. Osasuyi has remained faithful to his wife since 1965.

For the records, it must be pointed out that this man of God who has been in the Lord’s Royal vineyard for 53 years is a patient, unassuming, committed and focused cleric who is an inspiration to the present generation and upcoming ministers of God. It is interesting to note that this man of God was inaugurated as the Chairman of the Benin City Christian Community on Sunday, the 8th of March, 2009 in recognition of his unifying role in the Body of Christ.