The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has announced the demise of a retired Deputy General Overseer of the church, Pastor Joseph Abiona.
A statement signed by Assistant General Overseer, Administration and Personnel, Pastor Johnson Odesola, said that Pastor Abiona died aged 96 on Friday.
The statement titled, ‘Pa J. H. Abiona goes home’, read, “With gratitude to God and total submission to His will, the Redeemed Christian Church of God regrets to announce the passing unto glory of our beloved father in the Lord, the Deputy General Overseer, Pastor J. H. Abiona who passed to glory on Friday the 31st December 2021.
“He is survived by his biological family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well many spiritual children.
“Further arrangements for his final rite as agreed by the family will be announced later.
“We pray for the Lord to comfort the entire family and the church at this time.”
Pastor Abiona was born in 1925 and led the church on an acting basis after the demise of its founder, Pa Josiah Akindayomi.
Highly regarded in RCCG circles, Pastor Abiona midwifed the transition of leadership from late Akindayomi to Adeboye in 1981.