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Secrets You Never Knew About The Man That Was Instrumental To The Growth Of RCCG

by Oba Samuel
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Secrets You Never Knew About The Man That Was Instrumental To The Growth Of RCCG

When I post the first part of this story tagged ‘Top Secret Nobody Has Ever Told You about the Growth of R.C.C.G’

The name of PastorTony Rapu was prominent throughout the story which is why I am bringing his biography as a conclusion to this episode.

Pastor Tony Rapu

Tony Rapu was born in Kano on January 1st 1957, the only son to an Ibo Catholic family. He is the fourth of six children. His father, T.D. Rapu, worked with the Nigerian Customs while his mother, Maria Rapu (nee Ofili), was a teacher.

He grew up like any well bred, middle class young man as would testify those who knew him at King’s College Lagos in the 70s or in the 80s at the University of Ibadan where he took a degree in Zoology and later in Medicine.

During his Ibadan years, he met Miss Nkoyo Bassey, who was then a student at the International School Ibadan (ISI). She was just 16 and he was 20.

Reminiscing those days, former Miss Nigeria, Helen Prest-Ajayi, who was Nkoyo’s friend and classmate at ISI says,

“I remember those hot, hazy afternoons spent chatting and strolling down our school driveway in the hopes of catching a glimpse of Tee Raps racing by on his ‘Harley Davidson’ … it was the biggest, baddest bike around… this was the era of John Travolta and ‘Grease’ was all the rage…”.

Secrets You Never Knew About The Man That Was Instrumental To The Growth Of RCCG

While he was working as a Medical Doctor at Eko Hospital, in 1986, he gave his life to Christ at a Friendship Bible Study meeting in the Ikoyi residence of his eldest sister, Mrs Bridget Itsueli.

Shortly after his conversion he had an epiphany and in a bid to make sense of it, his sister introduced him to a doctor of mathematics-turned-preacher called Pastor E.A. Adeboye.

Pastor Adeboye describes this meeting as a divine one. He explained that the day Tony Rapu stepped into his office, God told him the young man was one of three men who would be instrumental to the realisation of the vision of the RCCG to take the gospel to the ends of the earth.

In 1987 he married Miss Nkoyo Bassey, who was by this time a lawyer working with Allan and Ogunkeye. She had come to know the Lord at a Bible study in the Victoria Island home of Gabriel and Rosalyn Oduyemi.

Husband and wife became active members of the then hardly known RCCG and worshipped at the Head Quarters Church in Ebute Metta.

They also held a house fellowship in the Rapu family home, at 27 Ekololu Street, Surulere, where they lived.

This home ‘church’ consisted mainly of young, upwardly mobile professionals from different denominations.

Here, Tony Rapu would also hold prayer meetings that would sometimes last through the night or for what seemed like unending hours during the day.

In 1991, under the direction of Pastor Adeboye, Dr. Rapu led a team of some 50 newly converted born- again Christians, mainly members of the Ekololu house fellowship, to begin the Apapa Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Pastor Tony preached an intelligent yet uncompromising gospel attracting professionals and recruiting them into the service of the Lord.

From hours spent in daily personal study and prayer, he developed training material with which he would disciple the church workers.

These intense discipleship sessions comprised hours of worship, bible study, prayer and frequent seasons of fasting.

He gave the worker training groups prophetic names:
Pioneer, Elisha, Freedom, Frontline, Reformer, Government, Missionaries, and Territorial Workers.

We were programmed to see the world as our congregation, our vocation as our pulpit and our lives as the epistle that people will read to be drawn to God.

He taught us that we were all in full-time ministry, whether we held secular jobs or not and that serving God is never something we do at our convenience but a cause around which we built our existence.

Many of these professionals would pastor RCCG churches alongside their regular employment.
The church was aggressive in winning souls. Evangelism was avant-garde and unconventional.

He planted churches in nightclubs, cinema halls and restaurants…

We give honor to whom it is due. Many more years of fruitfulness ahead sir.

Secrets You Never Knew About The Man That Was Instrumental To The Growth Of RCCG

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