Founder of the Soul Winning Evangelical Ministry, the Late Prophet Timothy Obadare, died two days after a three-day revival aimed at ending the 23-year-old crisis within the Christ Apostolic Church was concluded, SUNDAY PUNCH learnt on Saturday.
Our correspondent also learnt that the Re-unification and Reconciliation Committee set up by the pastors of the two warring factions within the church organised the revival which started last Sunday and ended on Tuesday at CAC, Oke Isegun, Akure, Ondo State.
The late evangelist died on Thursday evening at the age of 85 in Akure after a protracted ailment.
It was further gathered that pastors, officers and members of the two factions attended the revival where they all asked for restoration of unity within the CAC fold in order to move the church forward.
Speaking on behalf of the committee, one of its coordinators, Pastor Tunde Omojuwa, who confirmed the development in an interview with our correspondent in Akure, however lamented that efforts being made to unite the factions were still being rebuffed by some leaders of the church.
He noted that the time had come for the leaders of both the Supreme Executive Council and the General Executive Council to come together and settle their differences in the interest of the church.
He explained that the revival in Akure was organised following the renewed zeal of the two factions to ensure that the crisis was resolved.
Omojuwa who is also the chairman of the Akure District Coordinating Council said, “The unity revival we held in Akure came up as a result of the new development in the church. Some pastors called on the leaders to put an end to the crisis that has divided the church for over 23 years.
“It was on that note that a group was formed and it is called Re-unification and Restoration Group. Everybody is now concerned as to how the church should come together.
“What we think can bring a lasting peace to our divided church is that they should put away bitterness and come together, the church is not really having problem, it is the leadership.
“Today churches in Supreme Council don’t have anything to do with General Executive Council, this should be put aside so that the church can come under one leadership, this is what we expect and this we have been telling the leaders they should put an end to.
“It was in the process of finding a solution at the revival that he died