“The History Of CCC Theological Seminary “

Down the memory lane…

CELESTIAL CHURCH OF CHRIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

The rapid expansion of the Celestial Church of Christ in the late 1970s till 1990s brought a significant huge need for more workers in the vineyard.

As a result of this need, it is imperative to have more trained clergies to administer the parishes that were springing up. This need necessitated the establishment of a formal theological seminary that would give the new workers a platform to learn both academically and spiritually in a well-coordinated and relaxed manner.

The Bible and Leadership Seminary in Nigeria actually started through the Pastor’s Office Department of Bible Studies at Ketu on 3rd February, 1986 with Senior Evangelist M.A. Vincent as the Rector, Asst. Evang. S.O. Akande as the Registrar and Asst. Evang. E.O. Falola as Instructor.

At the beginning, the venue for the lectures was the Mercyland of the International Headquarters at Ketu, Lagos.

But within five months of its inauguration, an acquired land within the zone of International Headquarters at Ketu was proposed for development to become a physical institution.

On 12th July,1986 the foundation stone of the site was laid. This present site was then christened “Pastor Oshoffa Memorial Celestial Seminary”.

The duration of the course at the Seminary then would be six months. Students would be given admission only with their applications signed by the Reverend Pastor A.A. Bada as an acceptance into the fold of shepherds in C.C.C. Although tuition was free, but accommodation, feeding and general maintenance remain the students’ personal responsibilities.

The first batch of students were categorized into five sets:
1. Those who were already shepherds in parishes and were interested in improving themselves.
2. Parish employee (assisting in church work) sponsored by their parishes.
3. Parish employees NOT sponsored by their parishes.
4. Freshers who were just responding to God’s call to become shepherds.
5. Shepherds who, due to their poor performance or non-performance, were sent down by the authority for a corrective re-education.

By 1990, the Seminary was shifted to Makoko, Lagos, Nigeria, the cradle of CCC in Nigeria, under the rectorship of MSE Stephen Esemu Orovboni, with some pioneer lecturers.

In February 1995 Workers Conference, a Pastoral Proclamation was made by the then Rev. Pastor A.A. Bada. A 12-month course for prospective full-time Church workers was launched. It was to take off at the Celestial Church of Christ Seminary National Headquarters, Makoko, Lagos under the Rectorship of Most Senior Evangelist Stephen E. Orovboni. The training was to educate prospective full-time Church Workers and give on-the-job training and refresher courses to registered full-time Church workers.

Also established were two other schools.

1. The Celestial Church of Christ Bible Institute at Idimu, Lagos, under the supervision of Honorary Senior Evangelist (Professor) S.O. Odeyemi assisted actively by Senior Evangelist Emmanuel Falola. A 12-month course for registered and on-the field Shepherds of the Celestial Church of Christ parishes was to be administered there.

2. A school of Theology for aspiring member of the fold and Shepherds in the offing. It was to be situated at Adigbe, Abeokuta in Ogun State of Nigeria.

The Celestial Church of Christ Theological Seminary through the grace of God has moved to its permanent site located at Km 53, Lagos/Ibadan Express way, Ogun State.

Celestial Church of Christ Theological Seminary has the mission to provide Biblical, Christocentric distance education and training to Christians, and leaders in particular, within their local church environment, to equip them to be Holy Spirit empowered members of God’s household.

CCCTS has its statement of faith in the believe in The Trinity, the concept of Sin and Salvation, The Church as explained by the Lord Jesus Christ and using the Scriptures (The Word of God) as the great powerful tool to accomplish this.

The Celestial Church of Christ Theological Seminary currently has seven colleges:
1. College of Theology: Biblical Studies, Divinity Biblical Histories (CCC History)
2. College of Gatekeepers (Sidemen/Sidewomen, Ushers, Chaplains, Psychotheologians)
3. College of Prophets: Spiritual Gifts Development
4. College of Missions: Evangelism, Christian Education
5. College of Church Management & Administration: Youth & Women Development, Sunday School & Church Leadership
6. College of Music & Hymnology: CCC Hymn
7. College of Youth and Children Development

The Celestial Church of Christ Theological Seminary offers five categories of admission: Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor, Masters and PhD.

CCCTS has Satellite Campuses at Ibadan, Epe, Alimosho, Ikorodu and Agidingbi.

Below captures the details of the past Rectors of CCCTSBI:

1. Senior Evangelist M.A. Vincent
5 months Ketu

2. MSE Stephen Esemu Orovboni
1990-2003 Makoko

3. Sup. Evang. Simeon O. Akande.
2003-March 2008 CCC Agidingbi

4. AVSE Emmanuel Adegoke
March 2008- March 10 2018 Km 53

5. Sup. Evang. Bank-Ola Steve
March 10 2018- Till Date Km 53

Below also captures the details of the Coordinators of the Celestial Church of Christ Bible Institute at Idimu, Lagos:

Snr. Evang. (Prof.) Odeyemi Idimu
Snr. Evang. Anisere Idimu
Snr. Evang. Oyegbesan (late) Idimu

The CCCTS have full-time teachers, Guest lecturers and Voluntary part-time teachers. It has graduated thousands of students with its last graduation ceremony on Saturday 19th June 2021 under the Chairmanship of Rev. Pastor E.M.F. Oshoffa.

Below are the current members of the Board of CCCTS and they are highly commended for the good work they have been doing.

1. AVSE Pat Agbooro Chairman
2. VSE Abraham Aladeseye Vice Chairman
3. MC Yetunde Odeyemi
4. Sup. Evang. (Dr.) Olisa
5. Sup Evang. (Dr.) Rotimi Olaosebikan
6. Sup. Evang. Esuola
7. Special Ven. (Prof.) Temitope Jayeola
8. Special Ven. Soji Okuoye
9. Special Ven. (Prof.) Teniola

It is worthy to note that the current Chairman of the Governing Board of the CCC Theological Seminary, AVSE Pat Agbooro, has meritoriously served as the Deputy Rector under Baba Orovboni while CCCTS was still situated at Makoko and under Sup. Evang. S.O. Akande at CCC Agidingbi, respectively.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the calling of Rev. Pastor S.B.J. Oshoffa continue to be with the Celestial Church of Christ Theological Seminary.

© Celestial Monatan Media Unit

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