Like the saying that “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a step”, so we started in 1995. It all began in the then emerging area in FCT at Sister Kio’s residence at Life Camp in Abuja. Shortly after, the meeting moved to Area 7 at Brother Biobele’s cubicle. We then moved to Major Brigg’s residence at Apo which doubled as Pastor’s residence.
The group later moved to the Agura Hotel lawn tennis court for a Tuesday service, thereafter into the Banquet hall where Sundays and Tuesdays services were coordinated Pastor Julius. At this time the Church’s deliverance ministrations took place specifically at Sister Victoria’s residence at Area 1 Garki Abuja FCT led Pastor David.
The first PMCH in MFM Abuja took place at Agura Hotel led Pastor Julius. Thereafter, Pastor Kehinde Adegbolahan (now AGO) was detailed from Lagos to take over the coordination. He tarried with the Church for a very short time, after which Pastor Lawrence Olaseinde was posted to take over the helm of affairs.
The Church then rented an apartment in Kado Estate mainly for deliverance with ministrations from the following Ministers: Pastor Lawrence, Pastor David, Pastor Bode, Pastor Chioma, Pastor Oladimeji, Pastor Israel, Pastor Enogela and Pastor Nathaniel.
The Church later moved to the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) Central Area Abuja FCT.
Speaking about the Church, the man of God Pastor Lawrence who all standards is an epitome of humility narrated that the Church moved from National Centre for Women Development to Utako on the first Saturday in March 1997. According to him, they were few months at the Women Centre when the Lord instructed them to move to Utako regardless of the fact that the place at that time was not conducive for any form of activity let alone a church service.
Pastor Lawrence pointed out clearly that the whole of the present place was virtually a forest with thick grasses and trees, he said that the place at that time was not in any way accessible but because the Lord had given them a marching order to quit the Women Centre, they had no option but to move.
The man of God disclosed that the first step he was led to take was to divert the money meant to pay for hall, to making announcements on NTA, informing members about the sudden change of venue from the Women Centre to their present location. He therefore charged all the ministers, workers and members to come with any form of seating items and also to arrive early at the women Centre to direct those who may not have heard the television announcements.
Pastor Lawrence Olasehinde recalled with nostalgia the first service in this present location as some members sat on mats, majority had to stand all through the service. He disclosed that he then mandated an ad-hoc committee (now Building Committee) to put up a temporary structure that will make worship atmosphere more conducive and this was accomplished in a short time. Subsequently, the foundation building for an office was commenced which was laid the General overseer of MFM World Wide Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya.
Over the years according to Pastor Lawrence Olasehinde, the church auditorium witnessed a lot of transformation to cater for their continuous growth and this continued until in 2005 when the Abuja land policy became hostile, giving all land owners an ultimatum to either develop their allocated parcels of land or lose them to governments through revocation for non-use.
This threat, Pastor Lawrence Olasehinde claimed, made them to take a decisive step mobilizing the Building Committee to embark on the construction of the present church building. In order to facilitate construction works, an arrangement was made to temporarily relocate the church to a bare land location nearwhere they took lease of parcel of land for a period of six months. After about seven months when the first and second floors of the church building became partially ready in keeping with the terms of their agreement on the leased land, they returned to their present place.
Pastor Lawrence Olasehinde also pointed out that for a period of thirteen months after their return to the new building, the Building Committee continued to work relentlessly to get the building completed regardless of the fact that their regular church services and activities held within the auditorium.
The man of God interestingly disclosed that both their departure from their present place of worship and their return back were done coincidentally on POWER MUST CHANGE HANDS Programme days, explaining that they left here in the last week of September 2005 to hold the October POWER MUST CHANGE HANDS on their leased land and they equally returned back here in the last week of May for June Power Must Change Hand on 3rd June, 2006.
The Senior Regional Overseer, recalling their adventure said it is most gratifying that after several months of toiling and labouring, the Lord eventually crowned all their efforts with completion of this edifice, which initially appeared like an impossible mission. Interestingly in a little over 10 years MFM Abuja has grown and planted branches far and wide.
Pastor Lawrence Olasehinde disclosed further that in His mercies, God helped us in our expansion programme to plant MFM in Suleja, Kubwa, Karu, Gwagwalada, Lugbe, Bwari, Mpape, Kuje and Dakwo. The church also covered many parts of the Northern States of the country where branches were established in the following states: Niger, Nassarawa, Benue, Bauchi, Plateau, Zamfara, Kebbi and Taraba. These new branches have become regions and they also have branches, all under the Utako (Region 1).
The Senior Regional Overseer disclosed also that God also helped to establish MFM in foreign lands and happily claimed that about five chapters in foreign land are directly under the Utako (Region 1). The foreign chapters include: Israel, Ukraine, Scotland, England, Brazil and South Korea.
Apart from the expansion programmes of planting MFM churches near and far, the Senior Regional Overseer established the welfare committee which periodically gets monetary disbursements to attend to needy members of the church. He also established a medical clinic where sick members of the church are medically catered for; this clinic also is funded the church in order to always meet up with the medical challenges of the flock who cannot afford such services in the numerous private facilities in Abuja.
MFM Abuja while having its feet rooted firmly on the ground the grace of God has its head in the clouds too. The church seizes every opportunity to improve on its best hence has undergone successive changes geared towards improving its service delivery to the flock and preparing the atmosphere for the unhindered flow of God’s power. MFM Utako Abuja, was under the tutelage of Pastor Lawrence Olasehinde for 17 years from September, 1995 until he was transferred to Port Harcourt in September 2012.
Pastor Lawrence Olasehinde before his transfer to Port Harcourt achieved the following for MFM Utako Abuja:
Pastor Lawrence Olasehinde successfully handed the baton of leadership over to Pastor Felix Adedeji Peters in September 2012.
PASTOR FELIX ADEDEJI PETERS ARRIVES UTAKO ABUJA AS SENIOR REGIONAL OVERSEER (SRO).
Pastor Felix Adedeji Peters arrived Abuja to assume duty as the Senior Regional Overseer (SRO), taking over from the pioneer Pastor Lawrence Olasehinde.
On assumption of office the ebullient Pastor left no one in doubt that he was an extra ordinary giver. He called on members who loved to do charity work and met with the few that indicated interest and constituted a committee with a mandate to come up with a blue print on how the lives of the needy within and outside the church could be impacted. The committee did not waste much time to achieve its purpose which spurred him to merge them with the existing “We Care Ministry” under the name ‘Humanitarian Services’.
The Humanitarian Services commenced work immediately after reaching out to the people through financial empowerment which in turn opened up job creating opportunities. Food and basic necessaries were distributed; public boreholes were constructed for rural communities cut off from civilization which was being inhabited the less privileged persons in the F.C.T and its suburbs.
Speaking to Monarch International Magazine, the chairman of the Humanitarian Services, (Bro. Gabriel Iwelunmor) listed the achievements of their department under the SRO, Pastor Felix Adedeji Peters as follows:
The Humanitarian Services Department handled the entire charitable project from inception to completion. It was commissioned Pastor Felix Peters in October, 2016.
Pastor Felix Adedeji Peters in addition to the aforementioned introduced Mass Literacy Programme to give formal education to the uneducated members of the church.
The administrator’s office is to remain as a distinct department with the purpose of providing administrative leadership in the church on daily basis. In similar vein, the accounts section is presently headed a Chief Accountant in a completely different and new office with the collaboration from all accounts staff.
Housing and construction projects:
Pastor Felix Peters constructed a building in Dakwo that will serve as training center for artisans in our church. The work in the permanent site of the church is as a result of the daunting effort of Pastor Felix Adedeji Peters which is at about 65% level of completion. The miracle city Gwagwalada’s external road project is near completion and work on its internal roads is still ongoing. The church’s clinic was upgraded and was merged with Dakwo MFM hospital with a chief medical director as the head.
However, towards the tail end of 2017, it became apparent that Pastor Adedeji Peters had completed his God-given mission to the Utako church. The G.O. in his wisdom promoted Pastor Adedeji Peters to the position of Principal Regional Overseer (PRO) and transferred him to a new location.
Subsequently, the G.O. effected memorable fundamental changes in the church as a whole. He elevated the status of the church from a Regional Headquarters to an ANNEX of the International Headquarters; effectively making the MFM Regional HQ (Region 1) Utako Abuja the International Headquarters Annex.
In furtherance, the G.O. delegated THE REVIVALIST (the Sons of the Prophet) headed Pastor James Oluwagbemiga Alabi to spiritually reposition the church. The Revivalist Programme initiated a jaw breaking impact on both the Spiritual and physical fortunes of the church to the extent that till date positive references are still being made to it with palpable nostalgia.
Pastor Godwin Ube steps in as the Overseer.
In April 2018, the G.O. posted Pastor Godwin Ube to take over from Pastor James Oluwagbemiga Alabi. Since he took over, the church has completely experienced both physical facelift and spiritual transformation as the handwriting is so visible on the wall. Pastor Ube has indeed proven doubting Thomases wrong that he is indeed an achiever par excellence and also a man of high repute and prayer.
Pastor Ube did not procrastinate as he immediately hit the ground running with the opening of several branches in addition to the pre-existing ones. These branches are now at Idu, Jahi, Mabushi, Garki, Apo, Daki Biu, Area One and Karimo. For the branches to function effectively, Pastor Ube posted ebullient and dynamic ministers to man the new branches.
A wonderful Programme tagged “Help from Above” which takes place every Tuesday, a Programme that has been touching lives and eliciting from attendees life – changing testimonies. Some of the achievements of Pastor Ube within the short space of time include: repainting of the church edifice, a development that has given the church a befitting outlook; replacement of plastic chairs with high quality iron upholstery chairs.
Like a man racing against time, Pastor Ube has been at his desk evolving multi dimensional strategies aimed at seeing the church takes its rightful position in the comity of churches in Abuja and also striving hard to meet up a reasonable target of moving to the Prayer, Power and Praise Cathedral sooner than later.