The President, Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC), Dr. Samson Ayokunle, Saturday performed the foundation laying ceremony of Bowen University’s Senate Building.
The building, according to the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Joshua Ogunwole would cost N2.4b and be completed within 18 months.
Ayokunle while reacting to the impact of the religious institutions on education in Nigeria said that religious institutions have been at the forefront of education in Nigeria right from the inception of the colonial era, adding that religious institutions have brought quality and stability to the Nigerian education system.
Meanwhile, Rev. Dr. Michael Abodunrin has emerged as the new Chancellor of Bowen University, as Rev. Dr. Olumide Kehinde bows out. Dr. Abodunrin was the Pro-Chancellor of the university.
Abodunrin, in his acceptance speech, described his ascension as an act of God, because he never expects such position.
He promised to do his best in making sure that the institution becomes peoples’ aspiration, so as to take it to a greater height
The Vice-chancellor of the institution described the outgoing chancellor of the institution as a stabilizing agent in a time of crisis, saying that the institution will always remember him for his impact.
The New Chancellor.
Rev. Dr. Michael Adeoye Abodunrin was born in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, to the family of Late Mr. Jacob Olawuyi Abodunrin and Late Mrs. Deborah Oyenike Abodunrin on 6th March, 1960. He is the fourth of the five surviving children of the late Abodunrins.
Michael Abodunrin had his elementary school at Gambari Baptist Day School between 1968 and 1973. He proceeded to Baptist Secondary Modern School Ahoyaya, Ogbomoso between 1975 and 1977. He had his secondary education at Ogbomoso Baptist High School, Ogbomoso from 1977 to 1982. He relocated to Ondo in 1983 in search of a greener pasture. He joined the employment of the Nigerian-Romanian Wood Industries Limited in 1994 from where he resigned as Senior Account Clerk in order to come into the full time ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ having received a call.
His ministerial trainings include a Bachelor of Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, USA (Ogbomoso Campus); Bachelor of Arts (Religious Studies) from University of Ibadan (1997); In 2002, he obtained a Graduate Diploma of Ministry at Mission Training Institute, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Master of Theology (Pastoral Care & Counseling) and Doctor of Philosophy (Pastoral Care & Counseling) in 2012 and 2016 respectively.
His pastoral ministry on a full time basis began at First Baptist Church Ipaja, Lagos since November 1, 1996 till date. As a Church pastor, Rev. Abodunrin has led the Church to plant eight Churches, two of which are in Federal Republic of Benin.
Rev. Abodunrin has been given the grace to serve at different levels in the Baptist and Christian Association of Nigeria. These include Discipleship Coordinator, Chairman Pastors Fellowship and Moderator of the Old Good News Baptist Association; Consultant, The Good Herald Baptist Association, Maiden Chairman, Pastors Fellowship Lagos West Baptist Conference; Director of Counselling, Lagos West Baptist Conference; Crusade Coordinator, Secretary, Caretaker Committee and Matron, Christian Association of Nigeria, Ipaja-Ayobo Chapter. To God be the glory.
This year Rev. Michael A. Abodunrin (Phd) become the Chairman, Nigerian Baptist Convention. He will be presiding over the 107th Annual Session of the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
- Patmos Media Line Reporter