MEMBERS of the Tullamore congregation of the Christ Apostolic Church gathered recently to bid farewell to its founding pastor, Gbenga (Michael) Esho, who has taken up a post in Dublin.
The service opened with an address from district chairman Pastor Peter Amijo, from Athlone. Many pastors from around the country joined with the new pastor, Victor Sodimu, in paying tribute and in extending good wishes to Pastor Michael, as he was commonly known, and his wife Olayinka.
The officiating ministers were Pastors Raymond Tobat and Kunle Iwasanmi.
The church was founded five years ago and meets in a premises in Spollanstown. While its membership is mainly made up of Nigerians, it is open to all. It belongs to the Pentecostal tradition of Christianity.
Attendance has grown down the years, and most of the families are now well-integrated in Tullamore and environs.
Among the attendance at the send-off were Pastor Michael's Irish in-laws, Lucy Kelly and Cora Dunne, from Kilclonfert, Daingean