SAPELE

In 1965 the Advent message got to Sapele through a Literature Evangelist from East Mission. The first member of the church in Sapele include; Mr. Samuel and Godday Nwahizu Families, Mr. Job Onwubiko, Kanu Shedrack, Mr. Sunday Dimgba’s family, and Morris Onyenula. The started worship in Mr. Samuel Nwahizu’s house along Ajogodo   Road.  Sapele Church was to experience new lease of evangelistic   time   when Elder Okwadigbo’s family relocated to Sapele from Abraka. The growth of the church was astronomical that the sitting room of the Nwahizus could no longer hold people and the church relocated to the Sapele Youth Center where they worship until the Nigerian civil war broke out in 1967. The war greatly reduced the numerical strength of the church as most converts were Easterners who had to return to their place of origin for security reasons. At the end of the war, those who remained and few others who returned to Sapele gathered and began worship at 13, Major Bown Road. The next phase of progress in Sapele Church began the mild 80s when late Elder Tasker and family relocated to Sapele from Uromi.  Elder Tasker became the evangelical arrow-head that pioneered the work in the Igere area of Sapele from leading to the establishment of the present Igere church.
In view of the huge progress of the work in Sapele, it became obvious that the church needed to have a permanent place of worship, and our God, who answers while we are yet praying bought one Chief John Avwenake to the church. It was this Chief that gave the land on which the Okirighwe Church stands today.
This movement affected the church greatly. However, after the war, the few members who came back moved relocated to 13, Major Bowen Road for worship. In the mild 1980s the family of late Elder Taska joined the church from Uromi. Their contributions to the church were great. He later led some members to pioneer the Igere Church. In the late 1970s one Chief John Abwenake who started to come Church was touched by the church serious need for a permanent place of worship, donated Okirighwe church land to the church. The church in Koko was pioneered by pastor Omijeh Elder Ogunraye Elder Akobi.