History of Okoh congregation
The first worship was conducted by 4 brethren on the 6th of June 1976 at Torufa Primary School...
For where two or three are assembled in my name, I am there among them. Matt 18:20.
This congregation was started on the 6th of June 1976. Some of the brethren the Lord used to start the congregation include late Robert C. Diaso (evangelist), Pender Osheteje, Grace Diaso and late James Omojemu (evangelist). The first worship service took place in Torufa Primary School, now known as Omatsola Primary School, Warri with a total attendance of nine (9) persons (the four adults mentioned above and five children). Within that year, Solomon Anigboro and Bro. Obada placed their membership to the congregation while Bro. Noah Iyun and Bro. Godspower Akatakpo were converted.
On the 17th of April 1977, Christian Ojeh and his wife Patricia Ojeh placed their membership to the congregation. Thereafter, Abel Ekiugbo and his wife Christiana Ekiugbo were converted. These fourteen brethren were the early members of this congregation.
On the 3rd of February, 1986, the church moved from the temporary location (Torufa Primary School, Omotsola Crescent, Warri) to her permanent and present location at 6 Okoh Street, off Iyara Street, Warri. The nominal role as at that time was about thirty six adults and twenty two children bringing a total of fifty eight worshippers.
Today, the roll call is about five hundred and fifty adults and three hundred children giving us a total of about eight hundred and fifty worshippers. Due to congestion on Sundays, we run two worship sessions. The first session spans from 7:00am to 9:30am while the second spans from 10:00am to 12:30pm.
Dr. Robert C. Diaso, the first Minister of this congregation having completed his work, took a bow on the 2nd of July 1997. Consequently, the congregation appointed Christian Ojeh in January 1998 as the Minister of the congregation. As time went by, late James Omojemu was also appointed to serve as a minister of the congregation. He answered the call of his maker on the 19th of July, 2007. The congregation in July, 2003 appointed Onoriode Abirhire as a minister and on the 1st of July, 2006, Osita Onuora became the Minister of the congregation.
One of the highpoints of the history of Okoh congregation was the ordination of elders and deacons on the 29th day of May, 2010. Four elders namely, Christian Ojeh, Raymond Ajaegba, Emmanuel Udoh and Onoriode Abirhire were ordained while six deacons viz. Joseph Akpan, Emmanuel Kutubu, Kennedy Ebojoh, Emmanuel Ekwa, Festus Omoko and Emmanuel Igoche were also ordained. Joseph Akpan (Deacon) passed on to the Hadean world on the 7th of June, 2014. Consequently, we have five deacons remaining in active service.
This congregation is actively involved in mass media evangelism. We currently run a television programme called "Back To The Bible" on Delta Broadcasting Service, Warri and a radio programme called "Wetin Bible Talk" on Crown FM Warri. We are also involved in mission work both locally and internationally.
Dr. Robert Diaso was the first preacher of this congregation. He died on the on the 2nd of July 1997 and is survived by wife and 7 children.
James Omojemu was the second preacher of this congregation. His wife is late while he died on the 19th July 2007. They were survived by 5 children.
Joseph Akpan was born on the 27th of November, 1967 into the family of Akpan Chukwu of Ikot Idiong Etor in Ika LGA of Akwa Ibom State. He was baptized at the Church of Christ, Ikot Idiong Etor on the 18th of September 1981. He died on the 7th June 2014 and is survived with wife and 4 children. He was a great song leader, teacher and also one of the church secretaries.