Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Pastor A.C. Ohanebo: A Rare Gem At 60

By Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye

[First Published In July 2004, A Few Days Before Pastor A.C. Ohanebo’s Sixtieth Birthday On July 17, 2004]

With proven men of God like Pastor Aloysius Chukwuemeka Ohanebo still around and  standing resolute and unmoved in their insistence on old-time, Christ-like Christianity as practiced by the apostles of Christ, and strongly determined to continue practicing and teaching this “narrow way that leads to eternal life” to all men and women in the face of the polluting influence of the perverted gospel issuing from the pseudo modernism and outright backsliding being advertised all over the place, genuine believers can take consolation that there still remain in the land  a number of  “knees which have not bowed unto Baal.”




























Pastor A.C. Ohanebo Ministering

Indeed, we still have a few men, holding aloft the shinning light of true godliness, selfless service and unquestionable Christian character, and beckoning on all others to follow. This is especially important and reassuring, because over the years, the whole landscape appears overrun by charlatans, clear backsliders and a mass of unregenerated men  and women found these days on every  hole and cranny of our city and rural centres “spreading” their  kind of gospel and “performing miracles.”

Unfortunately, these appear to succeed so well in their Satan-inspired and directed mission: to attract immense discredit to the most holy faith by their ugly lifestyles, confuse so many, and eventually lead  them away from the only hope for salvation available to mankind into eternal punishment in hell.  

But thank God for His mercies, a few like Pastor Ohanebo are still around, like lone voices in the wilderness, calling on all and sundry, to shun all worldly,   perverted and substandard Christianity of whatever hue, no matter the flashiness, status, flamboyance and dignity of their propagators, because, at no time has God changed His standard.

Pastor Ohanebo is the General Superintendent of the Watchman Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement (WCCRM), with its headquarters in Lagos. I am told that the word “CATHOLIC” in the Church’s name is used in its original and proper sense, to mean, “universal” or  “for all.”  In his over two decades in ministry, Pastor Ohanebo’s view that Christianity must remain an “all-round package” has remained consistent.

What this means is that any person, whether preacher or prophet, who claims to use the power of a holy God for miracles and wonders must equally vindicate such a claim by right-living and  personal holiness in every  conduct and relationship with others. Indeed, God who he claims to work for is a holy God. It is difficult to believe that God could bestow His power on an individual without imparting in him His nature and attributes, which distinguishes His children from carnal men or the devil’s children and servants. The devil can give powers for miracles, prophetic insight and visions. But he lacks the power to regenerate people, sanctify them, and impart in them the life and nature of the most holy God.

That is why the lower media now derive characteristic vulgar excitement from celebrating on their covers the unedifying, scandalous lifestyles of mostly flamboyant “miracle pastors” who are only manifesting the very nature of their “father.”

Pastor Ohanebo’s ministry has seen a lot of miracles, where incurable diseases are rolled away, but this hardly gets into the media. Yes, people must be healed and delivered, but real  emphasis should focus on the salvation of their souls. His name rings bell among the multitudes that had encountered him and  his God-directed and God-centred ministry.


Pastor A.C. Ohanebo Ministering To Watchman
Ministers And Leaders From Several Parts Of The
World At The Rock Chapel, Logos International
 Secondary School, Awo Omamma, Imo State,
In January 2011


Throughout the about fifty parishes of his Church in Lagos, and many others in several parts of the nation and abroad where thousands of worshippers convoke weekly to serve their God in truth and spirit, this man of God insists on the same standard everywhere. 

The WCCRM is built on a very strong foundation of discipline and godly character, which he believes should be the hallmark of any Christian congregation.  That is why he insists that the WCCRM members everywhere must be identical in character and appearance. There is nothing like an Americanized or Europeanized version of the Church. All forms of worldliness and indecency in appearance and conduct are abhorred with unyielding resoluteness.

We have before us a man with a great burden and vision for his generation, who has schooled himself to remain undistracted by the several irrelevant matters that consume others. He, for instance, does not court publicity. And even though he heads such a large ministry with branches all over Nigeria, several parts of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, Canada and the United States, I have not once heard that he addressed a press conference, nor granted any press interview, though, they keep seeking his attention.

 His Church organizes well-thronged programmes and crusades regularly, and he is always ministering at those events,  but people are always amazed that the posters and handbills advertising the programme do not carry his photographs.  He is so careful about projecting himself instead of God. All he wants at all times is that multitudes be won to Christ and the entire glory goes to God.

It is equally the same reason that his face does not daily adorn TV screens despite his awareness of the immense publicity such a preoccupation would accrue to him and his Church. If Pastor Ohanebo honours an invitation to preach at any government event, he insists on picking all his bills during  the trip, and collects no gifts. His gospel is just too costly to be compromised in any way.

For some years now, the Watchman Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement (WCCRM) has hosted an annual International Gospel Ministers Conference of the Hour (IGMC) where pastors, ministers and Church leaders from all over Nigeria and several parts of the World, whites and blacks, gather to hear him teach on “The Lord’s Three Fold End-Time Programme,” an assignment God has given him to raise a great army of Christians from several congregations (who would not be asked to leave their Churches) for the end-time harvest of souls and revival in the Church of Christ, and to prepare the Church for the rapture.

The peculiar character that must mark out this army wherever they are found and their mode of operations are what this conference addresses. Participants attend this conference annually at no cost at all. The host ministry pays for the air tickets and local bus trips to the venue for all participants from Nigeria and any part of the world. Also, feeding and accommodation is free. In seeking to spread this end-time gospel, the WCCRM is sparing no cost.

The belief is that the pastors would be encouraged by this incentive to come, get the message, and go home to transfer what they had got to their congregations. I have been informed that this year’s event coming up in October may have in attendance, double of last year’s number because multitudes of people from several parts of the world are indicating their interests to attend. Invitations are extended through WCCRM ministers and previous participants. Also, invitation cards are usually available at all WCCRM locations world-wide.
This writer participated in this conference last year which held at the very serene, off-city Watchman Education Project Centre. About seven thousand participants came from Nigeria; twenty from Canada; eighteen from the Caribbean Islands and South America; ten  from the United Kingdom; five from the United States; one from Germany; two from Italy; one each from Iran and China; and many from several African countries. It was four days of sitting still in an airy ambience and listening with rapt attention to a man who knows God as he dug out the rich treasures of God from His Word and distributed them freely to all sincere seekers of truth.

Jameel Ali, Pastor of Oakville Christian Centre, Ontario, Canada, told this writer last year that the conference has totally changed their perception of Nigerians. He, like many others confessed the conference had taken them to a new realm in Christianity and ministry. He said that for three months, he could not take serious the person inviting him to the conference. He was so amazed to hear that a pastor in Nigeria (of all places) was inviting people from several parts the world  to attend an all-expense-paid conference. He said he kept asking: “What is this man going to gain from this?”

It takes only a man of Pastor Ohanebo’s temperament, discipline, and resolve to organize such a great annual event for some years now, and no one had seen him on CNN. No press conference precedes it nor are reporters invited to cover it. He is content to go on quietly with His Lord’s bidding in anticipation of his praise and reward at last.

















[From Left] Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye, Rev. Jameel
Ali (From Oakville, Ontario, Canada) And Pastor
Mike Iheanacho In Lagos

It impossible to hear Pastor Ohanebo and not be awed by his strong passion and deep concern for souls of men and the declining state of the Church; you cannot but be humbled by the exceptionally sharp intellect that orders his presentations. A trained Quantity Surveyor, Pastor Ohanebo had worked with a number of very reputable Construction Companies where he left enviable records of dedication, honesty and efficiency.  In line with the character of sacrifice he teaches, he had continued to combine his secular work with the ministry until the workload made the combination impossible.


Like the Biblical Joseph, Pastor A. C. Ohanebo has stood on his chosen path of integrity and righteousness at very great costs. No one expects the devil to be happy with such a man with unyielding determination to liberate all that Satan and his agents have tied with destructive bondages. He has incurred many devastating losses on the rough road he is traveling, but he remains undaunted. His commitment has not wavered.

His God whose ways he upholds so jealously has remained his great pillar of strength. And as he turned 60 recently (July 17, 2004), my prayer for him was that the almighty God should keep him for us. He needs to be around to continue his determined task of prosecuting the “second exodus” of men from all forms of error and ungodliness to the liberating gospel of Christ.

Happy Birthday, Sir, and may God’s matchless grace and abundant blessings remain  with you, as you continue to remain a great blessing to this generation.

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This Article Was First Published On The Back Page Of
Daily Independent Newspaper in July 2004, A Few Days
Before Pastor A.C. Ohanebo’s Sixtieth Birthday, And Later
On The Website:  kwenu.com on Tuesday, August 3, 2004

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9 comments:

  1. sir i applaud u for your work, i pray God give u more wisdom to write more and also take d watchmen to greater heights is jesus name.
    CHIOMA EGBUNEONYE

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  2. I must confess, am impressed by your standard in boulding up the watchman ministry. Keep it up sir for i can see another Elijah in you!!!!

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  3. Thank God for the Moses of our time.

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  4. The Watchman Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement is an instrument in the hands of God at this time to tell the world the truth about God and the salvation of their souls, and what men ought to do to get and keep eternal life. They must not relent. They must keep on firing.

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  5. God bless and sustain Pastor A.C Ohanebo, He who called u is faithful, He will sustain u till the end of time, Amen!
    Inegbu Ezinwanne

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  6. Sir i thank God for your vision and compassion for souls.I wittnessed it in you in
    in 1979.I thank God you completely held to you goal which is heaven at last,not for you alone but with multitudes.
    = Marizu Christopher.

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  7. I love the Lord! I love my Watchman family!

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  8. I love this family of God...WATCHMAN!

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  9. WATCHMAN, we are the chosen generation. I sincerely respect and honour my father in their lord, Daddy Ohanebo....God bless you sir.

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