It has been confirmed that the Spiritual leader of the Celestial Church of Christ, Paul Suru Maforikan (Baba Maforikan) has died after a protracted illness at 10:30 pm on Tuesday 9th August 2016, at the age of 86.
Prophet Suru became the spiritual father of the church after Gilbert Oluwatosin Jesse (who was the spiritual head at the time) died in October 2003.
This was announced by Akossou Severin of the CIRCUIT HEAD at Celestial Ado-Ekiti 3, Ekiti State.
Maforikan was born on 19 September 1930 in Ajase, Benin, where his father had moved from Badagry. He was a member of Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) before joining the Celestial Church Of Christ in 1948, shortly after its foundation. He followed the Pastor Founder S.B.J. Oschoffa to Nigeria.
He was an Oyo State Evangelist for 10 years before being appointed a Deputy Pastor in December 2002. He was proclaimed Pastor of the Celestial Church Of Christ Worldwide within two days of the death Gilbert Jesse in 2003.
May his soul rest in peace.
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