The Gospel Faith Mission International, the Church with the Word for the World, founded on the Solid Rock by God, through a small group of committed men and women led by the late Pastor (Dr) R. A. George in Lagos, Nigeria, has transformed into a divine legacy that has today assumed a global dimension.
Our Founding Fathers
It all began with Brother Reuben Akinwalere George (later Pastor (Dr) R. A. George), a member of the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) and a dynamic leader who had always felt a deep conviction of the call of God on his life. In 1956, R.A. George started a fellowship and Bible Study Group at his residence in Lagos, Nigeria. This group began to grow and later moved to a building in Lagos. This group later spread to other parts of Nigeria and the world. Pastor George was ordained as Pastor in 1959 and he transited into glory in 1987 after which his deputy all along at the time, Pastor (Dr) E.O. Abina took over the mantle of leadership in the same year. The Gospel Faith Mission International became an incorporated body in Nigeria in October 1967. The first Annual Convention held in Lagos from November 4 – 7, 1966. The attendance then was 300. The convention now holds at the Mission’s campground, Gospel City, Ogunmakin, Nigeria since 1990.
Church Growth & Expansion
The Church that started with barely 20 people has grown so large today with over 2,000 branches under 6 Administrative regions which are further sub-divided into 63 Districts and Areas in Nigeria. Branches have also been established in many African countries such as Benin Republic, Togo, Gabon, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Liberia, among others. In Britain, the Church, which was established in 1983, now has at least four branches. The Church has a theological Seminary, Heritage Bible College, and has extended to the Irish Republic with 3 branches in Dublin. The Mission’s Theological Seminary, Reuben George Memorial College of Theology, (formerly Gospel Bible college) has campuses in Ondo State and Gospel Town, Ibadan, Nigeria.
GOFAMINT’s first branch in the United States of America was established in 1984 and has grown into twenty-six (26) branches today. Equally, the Church now has branches across every continent worldwide. There are also Schools of Evangelism and Missions. With growth and expansion, different departments and ministries were created. They include Christian Education, Women Ministry, Men Fellowship, Music Ministry, Missions, The Power House, Youth Fellowship, Gospel Students Fellowship, Operation Identification, and others. Additionally, GOFAMINT has a Comprehensive High School, a secular post-primary school and a number of Heritage Nursery and Primary schools spread across some Districts of the Mission.
The Church is being directed by the Holy Spirit through the Worldwide Executive Council, which is headed by the current General Overseer, Pastor (Dr.) Elijah Oludele Abina. The church started in the United States on November 23, 1984. Since then, the Lord has blessed the work with twenty-six (26) churches with House of Hope, Brentwood, Maryland, as the Headquarter church.
GOFAMINT NA is led by the National Overseer (NO), Pastor Sunday Adu, and the Associate National Overseer (ANO), Pastor (Dr.) Durojaiye Ojetayo, along with the National Executive Board.
Establishment in Dallas
The Glory House started on January 14th, 2012 in a small hotel room with about four adults and seven children. Through the help of God, the church has grown to where it is today under the leadership of Pastor Tosin Oladapo supported by a dynamic team of ministers and leaders.
By His grace, we are still growing and extending.
To God be the glory.