About International Center Brooklyn (ICB)
The Redeemed Christian Church of God International Chapel Brooklyn was planted in March 1998 under the leadership of Pastor Nimi Wariboko. The church received its name as part of a vision of the first zonal coordinator of the New York area, Pastor Olu Obed. Pastor Obed had a mandate from the Lord to plant churches under the International Chapel name. He planted 4 churches by that name in the area among others before moving on to other God given assignments.
Under the leadership of Wariboko, the ICB grew quickly within the first few years, prompting the move to the present location at 672 Parkside Ave. Brooklyn, NY on April 2, 2000. During his tenure, ICB reached several new heights spiritually and physically.
In July of 2007, pastor Wariboko and his family relocated to Westwood, Massachusetts after obtaining a doctorate degree in theology at the Princeton Seminary in NJ. He handed over to Pastor Mrs Dolapo Osinfade who steered the ship of the church for 3 years before her sudden call to glory in December 2010. She will be fondly remembered for how deeply she cared for her congregation and her never ending pursuit for excellence within the church.
Our new pastor, Pastor Kunle Omotoso took office as pastor in charge of ICB on Jan 9th, 2011. He is assisted
by his wife Pastor Adepeju Omotoso. Prior to relocating to New York, they served in various capacities both in Abuja and Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Their call to ministry dates back to October 1997 when they were posted to their first parish in a sub-urban part of Abuja, called Karu. The Church that never grew beyond 50 parishioners since its inception suddenly began to attract foreign diplomats, top government officials and began recording attendances of about 800 worshippers in its services within 3 years. From there, they were transferred to the Provincial Headquarter Church, Central Parish Abuja. They served there for about 3 years and brought sweeping transformations not only to the church but to the city of Abuja by their style of Leadership. They were posted again from here to the Desire of Nations Parish also in Abuja. They served here for about 5 years and rose to become Zonal Pastors. It was from this position that they were moved to the oil city of Port Harcourt where they served for only 2 years before their relocation to New York in Jan 2011.
About The Redeemed Christian Church of God
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has a vision to spread the word of God to the ends of the earth. It is a Bible believing church, where teachings and a missionary approach emphasize the proper conduct and moral behavior of people.
The church has an appeal to all types of people worldwide, with a determination to teach people in their various geographical areas, stages of secular life and levels of spiritual development.
The General Overseer of the church is Pastor E.A Adeboye.
The church was founded in 1952 and since then, the church has grown to over 5,000 parishes worldwide with a total congregational strength of over one million people.
Presently, there are established missions in many African countries, as well as Europe, Asia, the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, South America and Australia.
RCCG has also been involved in establishing schools, rehabilitation centers, child care and support centers.
Foundation of RCCG
In July 1909, a son was born into the Akindayomi family of Ondo State of Nigeria. Even though this child grew up surrounded by idol worshippers, he knew there existed a greater power and yearned to know, “The God who created the earth and everyone on it”. This pursuit for God led him to the Church Missionary Society where he was baptized in 1927. Still spiritually unfulfilled, he joined the Cherubim and Seraphim church in 1931.
Whilst there, he began to hear a voice within him saying, “You will be my servant.” Since this was not his intention, he decided to ignore the voice. This went on for seven years during which all the business ventures that he tried resulted into failure. In debt and without peace of mind, he found himself totally dependent on the grace of God. Here marked the beginning of a definite relationship with God. Totally broken, he yielded saying, “Lord, I will go wherever you want me to go.” He asked for signs to confirm that this was indeed God’s call. The confirmation came through the Bible passages of Jeremiah 1:4-10, Isaiah 41:10-13 and Romans 8:29-31. The Lord assured him that He would provide for all his needs, as he would not receive any salary from that point on. This proved to be a comforting reminder during the trials in the months ahead. He became married in 1941. He continued to worship with the Cherubim and Seraphim. In 1947, he started to become concerned that the church was departing from the true Word of God in some of its practices. By 1952, he felt totally persuaded to leave the church. He started at Willoughby Street, Ebute-Metta, Lagos a house fellowship called, the ‘Glory of God Fellowship’. Initially there were nine members but before long the fellowship rapidly grew as the news of the miracles that occurred in their midst spread.
Pa Akindayomi also had a vision of words that appeared to be written on a blackboard. The words were “The Redeemed Christian Church of God.” Amazingly, Pa Akindayomi who could not read or write was supernaturally able to write these words down. In this visitation, God also said to him that this church would go to the ends of the earth and that when the Lord Jesus Christ appeared in glory, He would meet the church. The Lord then established a covenant with Pa Akindayomi, synonymous to the Abrahamic covenant in the Bible. He said that He the Lord would meet all the needs of the church in an awesome way if only members would serve Him faithfully and be obedient to His Word. It is upon this covenant that the Redeemed Christian Church of God was built.
Thus, the Redeemed Christian Church of God was born in 1952, destined by the Lord Himself to take the world for Him. The church continued to meet at 9 Willoughby Street until they were able to acquire some land thereby witnessing a relocation to the present site of the Headquarters of the church at 1-5 Redemption Way, Ebute-Metta, Lagos (formerly 1a, Cemetery Street).
Sometime in the early 70s, God had spoken to Pa Akindayomi about his successor. The Lord told him that this man who was not a member of the church then, would be a young educated man. Thus when a young university lecturer joined the church in 1973, Papa was able to recognize him in the Spirit as the one that the Lord had spoken about in the past. This man, Enoch Adejare Adeboye who was then a lecturer of Mathematics at the University of Lagos soon became involved in the church. He became one of the interpreters translating Pa Akindayomi’s sermons from Yoruba to English. He was ordained a pastor of the church in 1975.
Papa was preparing to meet his Creator. He sent for Pastor Adeboye and spent several hours sharing with him details of the covenant and the plans of the Lord for the church. Even though a year before this, the Lord had revealed to Pastor Adeboye that he would be Papa’s successor, it was still too difficult for him to fully contemplate such an awesome responsibility.
Pa Josiah Akindayomi was 71 years old when he died. Amidst controversy, Pastor Adeboye’s appointment was formalized by the reading of Pa Akindayomi’s sealed pronouncement after his burial.
Since 1981, an open explosion began with the number of parishes growing in leaps and bounds. At the last count, there are at least about 2000 parishes of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria. On the International scene, the church is present in other African nations including Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Gambia, Cameroon, and South Africa. In Europe the church is spread in England, Germany, and France. In the United States there are parishes in Dallas, Tallahassee, Houston, New York, Washington, and Chicago and also in the Caribbean states of Haiti and Jamaica.
Today, God is still doing marvellous deeds through the Redeemed Christian Church of God, worldwide. One of the well-known programs of the church is the Holy Ghost Service, an all night miracle service that holds on the first Friday of every month at the Redemption Camp at Km. 46, Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The average headcount of those who attend the Service is about 500,000. The Holy Ghost Service now holds in London quarterly.