Down the memory lane, heroes of faith in CCC…
GILBERT OLUWATOSIN JESSE
Gilbert Oluwatosin Jesse was born in Mahin in the Ilaje Ese-Odo Local Government of Ondo State on the 17th May,1937 to the family of Madam Alice and Pa. Ogunmehin Jesse.
He started his primary school education at St. Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Ebutte-Metta, and proceeded to Lagos City College Yaba, Lagos where he finished his secondary education in 1958.
Baba Gilbert Oluwatosin Jesse,after his secondary education was employed as a clerical officer at the Prime Minister’s Office, Race Course, where he worked very briefly and later left for the Federal Ministry of Establishment where he worked until his voluntary retirement in 1972.
Baba G.O. Jesse having voluntarily retired from the government service decided to go into private business of electronics, this he did for a short period and later moved into the sales of different brands of vehicles.
He joined the Celestial Church of Christ in 1953 at the National Headquarters, Makoko and because of his special gifts and his positive contributions,he was appointed the youths leader then.
He said in his own words,”When I was about 15,Celestial Church was brought to Makoko from Ajase by our Pastor Founder S.B.J. Oshoffa, then our village was very near Makoko,about three or four poles. Then,I was sick and my mother took me to the Church. I was there and within 7 days,I came back to normal. Since then,I have been a member.”
He narrated in one of his interviews, “I know that God really called me. I met Pastor Bada and Oshoffa in the church one day,they were praying by the side of the Church. Then Oshoffa called me and said, “I have seen certain spirit in you,God wants to use you. He said, Go and Preach. Papa Oshoffa asked me to sow an Adena (Onibode) garment with Cape. Oshoffa put it under his pillow for seven days before he released it to me. That was my first anointment. ”
Gilbert Oluwatosin Jesse was the Secretary of the first group of the prayer warriors then known to be the Ajaguns at CCC National Hqtrs, Makoko, which was started in 1956. That group had only seven members, all male and let it be on records that the group which started in 1956 in Nigeria, metamorphosed into what we now called Onibode or the Adena.
Due to some spiritual uprisings by the agents of darkness then at Makoko, Baba Gilbert Jesse the leader of the youths confederation, called all the youths to work in collaboration with the prayer warriors, Ajaguns, in what could be called “Marathon Prayer Saga “, Baba Yusuff Oyewusi was the then Secretary to the youths body.
Gilbert Jesse ,who was the Leader of the youths, ordered that no member of these groups should have any thing to do with any female not even their wives, they should refrain from any sort of uncleanness act, and they should all remain in sanctity and purify themselves. But some of them, especially two among them who were opportunists, could not adhere to the warning and admonition, as they couldn’t comply, they backslided.
On one occasion in August 1968, Asiwaju Bada had traveled to Benin, Edo State. On his arrival he discovered that the whole church had become a terrified arena for evil people to attend. He tried to dissuade the prayer groups from entering the Altar because of the high level of spirituality being felt, but with the courageous help of Gilbert Jesse, he collaborated with Baba Asiwaju Bada and they entered into the Altar for the continuity of their prayers.
After several signs, prophecies and revelations, Baba Gilbert Oluwatosin Jesse was called into the vineyard around 1968.
Gilbert Oluwatosin Jesse took CCC to Ikorodu Road, now Ikorodu Road Parish Fadeyi, Lagos and became the Shepherd till 1979 before he was posted to Ikorodu Parish Lagos, where he was till Shepherd. During this event he went to establish Ojota Parish 1, Ojota, Lagos in 1988.
Rev. Pastor A. A. Bada anointed him along with 12 others as a Most Senior Evangelist in 1988 and he was transferred to Ogun State as the State Evangelist where he worked till 1990 before he was transferred to Lagos to oversee the Surulere/Ijeshatedo District and as the Shepherd-in-Charge of CCC Olajuwon Tejuosho Parish, Lagos.
He was the Chairman of the International Committee, the position he held till Rev. A.A
Bada appointed him as the Head of CCC Nigerian Diocese (Baba A.A. Bada being the first, Baba S.O. Ajanlekoko as the second) with the appellation Reverend based on the Pastoral order issued in the year 2000 on the sick bed of the late Pastor A.A. Bada,while Baba Ajose was upgraded to Rt. Rev.
His loyalty to Baba A.A. Bada was very glaring to all and sundry then.
Reverend Gilbert Oluwatosin Jesse was a spirit-filled man and vast in the Word of God. An Evangelist by calling, a Theologian and an unmatched revivalist.
Students of history cannot forget his last great revival service inside Imeko Cathedral in December 2001.
Papa SBJ Oshoffa predicted the betrayal of Baba Gilbert Oluwatosin Jesse, and wanted to send him on exile, but members of the church begged him to have mercy and keep him. For the church is the clinic of both believers and unbelievers. Baba G.O. Jesse was a very controversial person who wanted to see proof and reasons why Spirituality is a must for a Christian. He wanted biblical answers and practical ones too. He always question every Spiritually things of the spirit whether it was dogmatic, biblical or myth.
Due to the misunderstanding within the top hierarchy of the church then as regards the Pastoral seat, he was pronounced the Pastor by a faction of the church on the 12th day of January, 2003 and as he stated in his first address that day, Shepherds welfare would be his focus, unfortunately,he couldn’t do much as he wished before he departed this world.
In his year 2003 interview with the Torch Magazine, he advised the Youth and stated, “The Youth should follow the tenets of the Church. They should not follow Jesse, or Trustees, but to stand upright and worship their God. They should not allow what is happening at the top to affect the down much. They should continue to map out their activities.”
At about 6am on Tuesday 7th October, 2003, Rev. Gilbert Oluwatosin Jesse was called unto glory and was buried on 12th December,2003.
He remains a giant and an icon in the Celestial history. His records of exploits as regards evangelism, revival and miracles abound.
May his soul continue to rest in the Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Special Magazine: “ADIEU REV.G.O.JESSE”
2. The Torch Magazine, Vol 1 No 2,March 2003.
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