CELEBRATING TWO DECADES OF
Interview w/ Pastor (Dr.) Toyin Laoye
HISTORY & PICTURES
A PUBLICATION OF THE RCCG DOMINION CATHEDRAL, ORANGE, NEW JERSEY
Anniversary Edition | April 2017
T he eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and He shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.” Deut. 33:27. “Strengthen ye the weak hands, and con rm the feeble knees. Say to them
you comfortless: I will come to you.” It is a Symbol of a ection. God’s arms represent a ection and love in times of su ering and pain. e father’s arm drawn around a child is a token of love. e child is held in the father’s bosom, near his heart. e shepherd carries the lambs in his bosom. Being a Symbol of protection and deliverance, the everlasting arms shield, protect and defend us from every harm and danger of life. Psalm 77:15 says, “ ou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.” Isaiah 33:2 says, “O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.” It is a Symbol of salvation. ese arms bought and brought salvation to believers.” Isaiah 59:16 says, “And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore, his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. As a Symbol of healing, the Everlasting arms infuse healing power to everything it touches and changes stories; for by His stripes you are healed.
In conclusion, the Everlasting arms are not only mightily strong arms, but also powerful, reliable and dependable hands that save and secure from all storms of life. Rest in the love and strength of His arms; surrender totally and anchor to God and He will carry you. You are secure and protected in His arms alone! Shalom!
that are of a fearful heart, be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; He will come and save you.” Isaiah 35:3-4.
I welcome you to read this special, 20th anniversary edition of the Dominion Call magazine themed “Everlasting Arms.” is is our testimony as a church. Truly, the supernatural hands of God has carried us, nurtured us, cared for us, sustained us, sheltered us and shielded us in the past two decades. All glory and honor be to His name alone. Although the journey was challenging and rough, yet God fought all battles and ensured that no weapon fashioned against His church, in the past twenty years ever prospered. is is why we are not only here, but waxing stronger day by day. While many ministries are struggling, God has been our su ciency. God’s arms and grace sustained and li ed us up daily. I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the Dominion family, our friends, and all the supporters of the church of God and Dominion Call in the last 20 years.
What does an Everlasting arm represent? Arms are symbol of strength and power. e Everlasting arms are the hands of the Almighty and are a symbol of strength, safety, power and authority! It is a symbol of unexplained strength. It is a symbol of security, safety and protection. It protects and shields from every satanic attack and a ictions. It is a symbol of provision, which handed salvation to us on a platter of gold. Your needs will be supplied according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. As a Symbol of power and ability, it means nothing is too hard or di cult for the everlasting arms. e Bible says in Luke 1:37 that “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” It is a Symbol of divine assistance and help. e everlasting arms
provide help in time and on time. No wonder David, depended and trusted in God’s sustaining arms; in Psalm 121:1-2, he says, “ I will li up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” As a Symbol of comfort, when life delivers hard blows and the challenges become overwhelming and unbearable, God winds His arms of compassion and comfort around us. Hence Jesus in John 14:18, assured us that “I will not leave
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See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and He rules with a mighty arm. See, HIS reward is with HIM, and HIS recompense accompanies HIM. He tends HIS ock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in HIS arms and carries them close to HIS heart; He gently leads those that have young.
Pastor (Dr.) Toyin Laoye
Senior Pastor, the RCCG Dominion Cathedral Provincial Pastor, RCCGNAR6 Province 2
“You are always welcome at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Dominion Cathedral”
IN THIS ISSUE
SAFE AND SECURE IN GOD’S ARMS
FOUNDING MEMBERS INTERVIEW
(ALSO PAGES 41,42)
PASTOR’S INTERVIEW (ALSO PAGES 40)
PHOTO SPEAKS DOMINION TIMELINE (ALSO PAGES 37,38,39)
43 DOMINION BABIES
HEALTH ANNIVERSARY: COMPLETE RESTORATION
GREAT IS THIS LOVE
63 TERRORISM LED ME TO CHRIST
Dominion Cathedral is a covenant church and is your spiritually ful lling destination:
• A place of Fresh Anointing
• A palace of Supernatural
• A parlor for Renewal of
• A Citadel of Unlimited Hope
Some of the various names given to the Church based on the encounters many received from God through her are as follows:
• A Miracle Ground
• A Solution Center
• A place of Fruitfulness
• A final bus-stop for all life
• A healing center, where the
• Word of God is shared
• A family church where the
• finds acceptance
• A spirit-lifting Praise Center
• heavenly Worship is
• A city of Refuge where the
• finds Encouragement
Pastor (Dr.) Toyin Laoye, Executive Editor Min. John T. Adeosun, Managing Editor Deaconess Ihenji Nwuba, Editor/Marketing Deacon Temi Ogundele, Editor/IT Deaconess Edith Mise, Editor
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Toyin Adegbonmire, Marketing
Temilade Adegbonmire, Media/Photography Biodun Fadare, Consultant/IT
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decides not to deliver us, we will still not serve your golden image [Daniel 3: 16 – 18]. It would have been very easy for these gentlemen to bow down before the idol so that they can regain their freedom, but they trusted and had full con dence that they are safe in God’s arms.
Brethren, sometimes the storms of life take us away from God’s presence or we are blown by winds of doctrines and go astray; God is our refuge and a loving father, whose hands are always open to forgive and receive us if we come back to Him. God never leaves nor forsakes us no matter how terrible we may have been in life. As long as we make a u-turn and turn from our old ways, He is able to put His arms of protection on us again. Beloved, until we truly give Him the chance, we will not know how much comfort we can nd in Him like the little baby. In 2 Cor 1: 3 – 4, Paul said the Lord is the one who comforts us in all our troubles. Even when we are in trouble, God is gentle towards us and understands our situations. His words in 1 Peter 5: 7 says, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
Brothers and sisters, are you facing trials or di culties? Or may be you are being oppressed and down cast, look unto God and diligently seek Him. e Bible mentions in 2 essalonians 3: 3, “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” He will ght for you and you shall have peace. He has prepared a table for you even in the presence of your enemies with your cup over owing. Come and rest, come and dine and remain safe and secure in God’s everlasting arms... Shalom.
It was one of those windy cold evenings at the bus stop and everyone seems to be in a hurry, looking forward to rush into the next passenger bus. I could not help but notice a young woman
holding her new born baby, well snuggled in her arms. e baby was half asleep with intermittent beams of smiles over her face, displaying a sense of comfort and security. My mind went quickly to the Scriptures [Luke 8:22-25] where Jesus and his Apostles were in the ship and the ship was about to sink. e Apostles quickly noti ed Jesus of the imminent danger knowing that they are secure in His presence.
With the windy weather, noise, anxiety and chaos going on at the bus stop, this baby felt safe and secure in the mother’s arms. ere was this assurrance of full protection from the mother’s comfort. As children of God, this is how we should feel when we put our absolute trust in God. We have to realize that security and safety comes directly from our Heavenly Father, for He is the only one that can calm every storm.
e psalmist says the Lord is our Help, He is our Keeper: God keeps us, protects us and cares for us. He is constantly seeking for our good. e Bible says in Jeremiah 29: 11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” His thought is to provide safety and security for us from the hands of our enemies.
A lot of believers underestimate God’s ability to keep them secure. Some go about looking for security from man
or other gods. is was the case of the Israelites when they decided to serve their golden images thereby sinning against God. Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.” Brethren, you cannot put your hand on the plough and look back...Such people are cursed as written in Jeremiah 17:5 “...Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes esh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD.” In the midst of trials and
GOD NEVER LEAVES NOR
FORSAKES US NO MATTER HOW
TERRIBLE WE MAY HAVE BEEN IN
tribulations God wants us to stand; He wants us to trust in Him. We have to develop that con dence in Him, for He is able to do exceedingly above that which we can think or even imagine.
ink about when King Nebuchadnezzar asked Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to choose between serving his idol and getting thrown into burning ery furnace. ey did not doubt the power of God in keeping them secure, even beyond the ery furnace. ey felt so secure in what God would do and boldly told King Nebuchadnezzar that even if God
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FOUNDING MEMBERS’ INTERVIEWS
Pastor Ebun Adebanjo (Dayspring Worship Center)
Deaconess Bomi Atunrase (Lighthouse, Edison)
I joined RCCG Dominion Cathedral in summer of the year 2000, which was then called Dominion Chapel. e early church was pretty much like a close knit family. e Church was small, vibrant for the work of God, vision focused, and always ready to accept all with open hands. I got the urge to join the work force, and became a member of the Finance and Children ministries. Indeed the early Church of Dominion Cathedral helped me in moving forward in my quest and desire to know more about God and working for Him. In all, Dominion Cathedral has come a long way with the help of God in ful lling God’s desire in what He expects for His people. e Church is still focused and I pray it will still remain focused for greater works that lie ahead. I was able to develop a focused spirit and mindset just because the Church was focused. It’s an honor to have been a member for over 15 years, and my prayer is that God that has begun a good work in Dominion Cathedral before and at 20 will accomplish that which he has in store for His Church to His glory in Jesus name. Amen.
Some of the Dominion Cathedral founding members (within 1-3 years a er inception in 1997) were interviewed on three key questions:
1. When did you become a member of Dominion Cathedral?
2. From your perspective, what was the early church like?
3. What is your overall assessment of how far the church has come to date and how has this ministry impacted your life?
You can read below their interesting thoughts, illuminating perspectives, and inspiring testimonies about how far God has brought His church.
I joined the church in 1997 (at its inception). is was a er a phone conversation with Pastor (Dr.) Toyin Laoye (fondly called, Mommy) informing me that the rst RCCG New Jersey was about to take o . I had known mommy, way back from Nigeria as the Good women leader at the early 1990s. So, I wasn’t surprised at her zeal to start a Parish in New Jersey when we met again here in the USA. She was so passionate about the RCCG vision and wanted to ensure it was established in New Jersey. e early years of the church were blessed with few families, devout men and women, who had the zeal to serve the Lord. Also, Mommy was an exceptional leader, hardworking and cared for the sheep that God was bringing into her fold. With her exemplary leadership, exhibiting love and care for the ock, the church grew rapidly, because members were testifying of the wonderful things God was doing in their lives, of which I’m also, a recipient. Also, there was a tight bond of love and unity amongst brethren. Workers were committed and dedicated. As the work force grew and the need to service other areas, church planting started. As the leader with vision, she started sending out workers to start o parishes, of which we were the rst set of workers to be sent out to start a parish with Pastor Ehi Oboh. e evidence is clear, that the church and ministry of Pastor (Dr.) Toyin Laoye has had great successes to the glory of God. You cannot hide success, it speaks for itself! Most of Parishes in New Jersey birthed from her (Dominion Cathedral). I say “Kudos” and big congratulations to our dear mother, mentor and pioneer in New Jersey. Her leadership has inspired me a great deal in ministry, especially being a female leader in a male-dominated calling. I have learnt from her to be focused, strong and keep pressing on! Hard work and diligence pays! Above all to live a life of holiness that is pleasing unto God and not man.
Pastor Olajumoke Arasanyin (Parish Pastor, Tabernacle of Peace/Coordinator, Zone NJ-2)
I became a member of the church in June 1997. It was a family assembly characterized by love, collaboration, cohesiveness and nurturing. e members – who were a few dozens – were newly arriving immigrants who envision America as their new home. But we really worked together to build while the leaders labored, taking on several roles because most members were yet to train. For the newbies, assignments were given on ad hoc basis and new talents and skills developed. I recall with a ection the rst baby shower event, the rst water baptism and the rst naming ceremony which were exciting moments to symbolize the great future that was to come. I also recall the days of lengthy fellowship meetings which remain the bedrock of emerging branches. God has been faithful, for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the Dominion progress de ned by excellence, prayerfulness, tenacity and leadership. Its expansion from Essex County to other NJ locations and States in America are measurable tributes to years of service. Sustaining the Dominion ideals have been made possible by God. I thank God for using the church as a foundation for my ministerial calling and training. My appreciation goes to my Pastor, Dr. Toyin Laoye, who shared, mentored, encouraged and corrected me while exercising patience, love and care without compromise. A true woman of God, she is personable and an embodiment of good leadership. I am truly blessed to be a part of the humble beginning and a witness to the rise of this great church, the Dominion Cathedral.
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Glory be to God!!
RCCG Dominion Cathedral is 20! Dominion Call Edi- torial team rejoices with Dominion Cathedral and with our Executive editor and our mother in Lord, Pastor (Dr.) Toyin Laoye, as she celebrates the Everlasting Arms for her 20 years in ministry. Our Senior Pastor shared inspiring and valuable thoughts about her ex- perience so far in ministry. Below is the excerpt of the interview with our passionate and caring Pastor.
Dominion Call: How would you describe your experi- ence as the Pastor of the RCCG Dominion Cathedral for 20 years now?
Pastor: How do I quantify the grace, mercies, favor, blessings, protection, compassion, safety, security, di- vine healing and sound mind wrapped around me and this Ministry in the past twenty years? Glory be to His name alone! “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. ey are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lam. 3:22-23. “For the Lord is our defence; and the Holy One of Israel is our king.” (Ps 89:18). He has been the Ever- lasting God with Everlasting Arms.
Dominion Call: How has the Everlasting Arms upheld you this past 20 years in ministry?
Pastor: I glorify the name of the Lord, and celebrate e Everlasting arms that carried me and the church through these two decades. What an attainment of this glorious milestone. e Everlasting arms are God’s arm of supernatural strength. It is these arms that brought the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage. It is these same outstretched arms that navigated the route for me in the past 20 years of ministry. ese arms have crushed all enemies of this vision and all manner of oppositions that arose. No doubt the testimony is that it has been mighty arms of great support and comfort all the way. His arms have indeed strengthened me. What a precious honor and privilege to be called to serve in the Lord’s army! I acknowledge the real source of true strength and pow- er is in the Almighty God, who has “ e Everlasting Arms.”
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About Pastor (Dr.) Toyin Laoye:
She is a graduate of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and the University of Hull, North Humberside, England. She joined the RCCG in 1988, trained as a worker and ever since has been serving in the Lord’s army. She relocated in 1996 to the USA, and was used of God as the found- ing pastor of RCCG, Dominion Cathedral, New Jersey in April 6, 1997. Pastor Laoye is a sound teacher and preach- er of God’s word. She is a mother and mentor to many across the globe. As the rst female pastor in RCCG, North America, she preaches the word of God boldly and without fear. She is passionate about building a healthy body of believers that will serve God faithfully and dili- gently. She was formerly married to the late Pastor Ebun Laoye and now is still married to Jesus.
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“Though thy beginning was small
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1ST DECADE (1997-2007)
CRELEBRATING T E
CCG Dominion Cathedral New Jersey began her journey on the 6th of April 1997 in the basement apartment of 76 Myrtle Avenue, Irvington. On that day, seven
brethren were in attendance. Seven is the number of perfection and rest; God indeed perfect all that concerns His Church. e church meeting location later moved to 81 Sherman Place in Irvington. erea er, moved to 120 Evergreen Place in East Orange and then to 731 South 17th Street Newark in August
2000. By the end of 2001, the congregation had grown to ll the church auditorium in Newark. is led to the commencement of two services from March 2002 until April 2006. We believed God for a bigger auditorium and therefore launched in August 2004 the Ezra Mandate - Church Building Fund Drive. On November 5, 2005, the church acquired our current worship location at 180 Main Street, Orange, New Jersey 07050. With God’s Grace and Favor, we moved in 2006 to the new and be tting Auditorium.
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THE JOURNEY SO FAR
Dominion Cathedral is 20
2ND DECADE (2008- 2017)
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. ey are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” (Lam. 3:22-23)
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rom 2008 till present, di erent projects have been carried out through the Ezra Mandate to improve and beautify the House of God. More importantly, Dominion Cathedral has witnessed Christ to many souls and has impacted the lives of many through the Word of
God and outreach/community impact programs. Glory and Honor be to God for how far He has brought His church with His Everlasting Arms. anks to the founding and present members for their support and commitment to God’s work; the friends of the church, supporters, visitors, and well-wishers are also well appreciated!
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2ND DECADE (2008- 2017)
CELEBRATING TWO DECADES OF
Dominion Call: What motivates you in ministry?
Pastor: I am convinced with great assurance that God is behind the vision. is is why I pressed on, despite the initial
discouragements and confusion. God empowered me with a great focus that enabled me to ignore all negative voices that are hindrances to the vision. God proved Himself by granting us results that terminated insults. We’ve enjoyed uncommon divine backing in this church in the past twenty years. What a grace also to have served continually these years without looking back, despite the diverse distractions!
Dominion Call: If you could give advice to younger and upcoming ministers of the gospel just starting out, what would you say to them?
Pastor: Can God trust you? Do you have integrity and character to retain those that God will send your way? Until you focus well you can’t become a focus. Focus rede nes you. Stop looking back or looking here and there since this causes delays. You’re a STAR in waiting to shine and dominate. Live to please God. Desire to imitate Christ’s example. Live a Christ-like life at all times and in all situations. Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:21 stated that “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Galatians 2:20- 21 says, “I am cruci ed with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the esh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Who taught the sun where to stand in the morning and who taught the ocean it could only come thus far? e very same God who spins things in orbit runs to the weary, the worn and the weak. He will carry you if you let him. e same gentle hands that have held me all these years will hold you rm and convert your tears to laughter. e Everlasting hands will pull down every wall of Jericho against you.
Pastor (Dr.) Toyin Laoye
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Pastor Kehinde Dada & Olajumoke Dada (Overcomer’s Chapel/ Coordinator, Zone NJ-5)
We joined the Church in May 1997. Our perspective about the early church - a family church indeed! We would come together for Bible Study and Night Vigil at Pastor’s studio apartment on Myrtle Avenue, Irvington NJ. Mommy Laoye would leave her bed for our kids and moms to sleep. What a loving church indeed. Our overall assessment of how far the church has come to date can be summarized into three words: discipline, dedication and focus.
Pastor Abraham Daramola & Pastor (Mrs.) Modupeola Daramola (Shiloh Assembly/ Coordinator, Zone NJ-6)
in place. e children’s and teenagers’ church were up and running. You could see that a solid foundation has been laid and everyone coming in is just laying on it. You can see orderliness and excellence. ank God for the set man, the Pastor of the church, a woman of vision and purpose, through whom the church has grown tremendously: spiritually, numerically, and physically. ere are more ministries now than when I joined the church 18 years ago. is ministry has impacted me in every area of my life. I cannot talk about my achievements in life without mentioning this ministry, especially spiritually. For example, I joined the church as a member but today to the glory of God, I have been nurtured into the ministry as an Assistant Pastor. God’s Name be Praised!!!
Deaconess Joy Enaohwo (Dominion Cathedral)
My family and I became members of Dominion Cathedral in March1998. e early church comprised of a small congregation of which everyone knew each other. Despite the size of the church and its temporary location, I had an inner conviction that the spirit of God truly dwelt in Dominion Chapel. is propelled me to focus on the cross rather than the prevalent distractions. Pastor Toyin Laoye along with her husband of blessed memory and other Ministers at that time displayed a high level of commitment and dedication by the Grace of God, which helped to lay a solid foundation for the growth of the church. I am extremely grateful to God that I’m able to witness the awesome growth of the church from Dominion Chapel to Dominion Cathedral. Under the able leadership of Pastor Toyin Laoye, the church has grown from one level of glory to another, but not without challenges. With a solid foundation, strong determination, enthusiasm and great leadership qualities, Dominion Cathedral has been able to stand the test of time, to attain its present status. e Church has witnessed a tremendous numerical increase that subsequently led to the birth of various departments and ministries within the church. God has used Pastor Toyin Laoye to bring about testimonies of divine visitations and breakthroughs, which have been severally recorded by members within the church, to the glory of God. Personally, Dominion Cathedral has impacted me spiritually, mentally and otherwise, as I was called into the Ministerial Council in 2008 and ordained as a Deaconess in 2009. is call has been a positive life changing spiritual journey for me and my family, to the glory of God.
I’m thankful to God for placing me under the tutelage of Pastor Toyin Laoye, whose empowerment, culture of optimism, empathy and goal driven passion has been a source of great inspiration in my life. I look forward to more prosperous years of renewed anointing, divine breakthrough and the manifestations of God’s presence as Dominion Cathedral celebrates twenty awesome years. May His grace be su cient for us in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Pastor Moses Gbadebo
(Parish Pastor, Dominion Chapel)
I became a member of the church in 1998. e early church was a close knit family, and there was a sense of belonging and everybody was included in the scheme of things. e spirit of teamwork was very high and most of the members were working towards a common goal: To build the body of Christ. Everybody knew each other on a personal basis and it was a family oriented disposition. It was a joy to come to church regularly. I looked forward to fellowship with the brethren constantly. e church has witnessed an exponential growth over the course of 20 years. It was from a very humble beginning but God has been faithful towards increasing the parish tremendously. e church has been very instrumental towards mentoring and stabilizing my walk with the Lord. I was treated with inclusion and loved unconditionally; the church provided a platform for me to develop and nurture my gi s. e church was a veritable pillar of support during my formative days in the ministry.
Sis. Bola Ikwu (Dominion Cathedral)
We joined the church in 1997. We were a nice big warm family that grew scripturally and nancially together. We were few in number but we were a people determined to walk with God and work for God. We were committed and driven by our love for the expansion of the kingdom of God. We loved each other, trusted one another, broke bread together, and prayed for each other. We believed in the vision shared by the leader and we worked to accomplish the task at hand. We were an army that did not break ranks. Everyone knew what was required of them. It was a beautiful time of fellowship. God rewarded the faithfulness of everyone. Everyone had testimonies of God’s manifold blessings. We are a testimony of God’s miraculous deliverance and have proof: Esther Daramola. e Church has really grown and is growing in leaps and bounds to the glory of God. All of us that were members of the foundation and are still in Redeemed have also grown tremendously. e church is marching on and though there is many more land to conquer; we are certain that we will get to the promise land. We are still connected to Dominion Cathedral and still drink from the same fountain. It amazing to see what God is doing - the church is growing and impacting lives on so many fronts and levels. Only God can sustain and indeed He has been our Rock and defender of His Vision and Mission. God is good to Zion Dominion Cathedral. 20 Hallelujahs to Jehovah Adonai.
I became a member in 1999. Fewer members but the main focus has always been on Jesus Christ our savior. It was family oriented. We were all like a big family. To the glory of God, the church has increased in size, more members, a bigger church of our own, separate children and teenager departments. Despite many challenges, our focus remains the same. We continue to make Jesus the author and nisher of our faith. I still have a very good relationship with many of the older members, who I consider as my uncles and aunties and they have always been there for me. Pastor Toyin is exceptional; we are blessed to have a wonderful pastor like her. Knowing that I have a dependable God and church members who are spirit lled has positively impacted my life. Being part of such a growing, diverse and spirit lled church is a privilege that I will cherish forever.
A/Pastor Funmi Dosunmu (Dominion Cathedral)
I joined the church in February 1999. e church was well organized. You will know immediately that there is a visioner in the house. All the natural groups were
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Elder Soba Makinde (Dominion Cathedral)
I joined the Church in March of 1997. is was the rst RCCG church in New Jersey and Pastor Toyin Laoye was the rst and current Pastor. It started not too big, it was like a family. But it increased progressively within few months of inception. We grew so quickly that I began to realize I was in the midst of something amazing. God has been faithful in Dominion Chapel; it’s now Dominion Cathedral by the Grace of God. It increased in size and knowledge of the word of God. e Church really gave me ful llment of what I needed. It had opportunities for growth, with various trainings. e Sunday School was very e ective. We attended workers’ prayer meeting, digging deep Bible study and most importantly, the workers-in-training program. We were encouraged to attend various workers training nationally. Leadership skills were also learnt from the Pastor. Most people that started together in the original church are in various other Parishes in various capacities.
Pastor Ehi Oboh (Parish Pastor, Sanctuary of Praise/ Coordinator, Zone NJ-1)
I joined the Church from inception (April 6, 1997). e Early Church from my perspective was Humble, Christ Centered and Family Oriented! To the Glory of God, the Church has grown numerically. From our humble beginning in 1997, we now have several parishes in the State of New Jersey and in North America. is ministry propelled me towards ful lling my Divine mandate. I joined e Redeemed Christian Church of God, Ikeja Lagos, several years before coming to the USA in 1996. Prior to relocating, I was the coordinator of the General Business Forum, an arm of the Business & Professional Forum (BPF) at the Ikeja Parish Lagos (ACME). I have never desired to be a Pastor, but God’s Will has prevailed.
Pastor (Dr.) Tunde & Pastor (Mrs.) Rachael Olufade (Abundant Life Chapel, Ohio)
We joined the Church in 1997. It was a small church where great love radiated among the few members. ank God for small beginning. e church has grown from the small beginning to a cathedral. e ministry impacted our lives and developed us spiritually. My wife and I pastor the RCCG: Abundant Life Chapel, 2782 Westerville road, Columbus, Ohio. I was the foundation chairman of the elder’s fellowship until I relocated to Columbus, Ohio in August, 2000. I was the chairman of the Dominion 1st building project. My wife was the rst matron of the church. Glory be to God!
Pastor Iyioluwa Olaoye (Parish Pastor, Cornerstone Assembly/ Coordinator, Zone CA-4)
I joined the church in the early months of 1998. When I joined the church, it was still a very young and growing place of worship though you could see the vision of future greatness written all over it. en, because of the size, and I must say too, because of the vision of the pastor, it was a very closely knitted family. We all knew each other by name and went the extra length to provide support one for another. Just a beautiful place to be! Looking back at the days of humble beginning, all one can say is thank you Jesus! Firstly, one will be hard pressed to nd a church that has produced more pastors and planted more parishes in this country than Dominion Cathedral. Secondly, and more importantly, though a lot of us are now spread across the whole country, we still maintain a strong bond of friendship and relationship. irdly, the base is still going strong. We all that have passed through the church can still always look back to a place we can always truly call home.
Elder Toye Oyerogba (Dominion Cathedral/Chairman, Board of Trustees)
I joined the church in January 1998. My perspective about what the early church like is mixed blessings. On one hand the church of God was growing and there were testimonies of miracles. ere were revelations too about the course of the church. ere were challenges; the strongest being an early earthquake like one that shook the church to its foundation as some founding members picked ghts with Pastor Toyin Laoye who was focused on building a church and some members who had their own agenda. I remember vividly the rst anniversary plan in which the organizing committee had come with a plan that was considered by some of us, including the pastor, as extravagant and would have consumed all the church’s savings at that time. I was the secretary of the church then. At the meeting to review costs, one of the members who I will not mention, shouted at the pastor for recommending scaling it down. Some days a er the meeting in the church, I went to one of our house fellowship meetings, where the anniversary issue was tabled and one member raised a prayer against the pastor. I couldn’t join a prayer like that. at was the last time that I attended that house fellowship. God works in miraculous ways. ese people le to start another church. We had a wonderful and blessed anniversary. e church expanded and we were able to acquire a property at Spring eld Avenue, Newark. Within months, we started thinking of a bigger sanctuary and we went out again and we found this present location. My residence later became a house fellowship and I have reasons to thank God as many of the members have all their prayer requests answered. God blessed my family with two young boys in quick succession a er 11 years of waiting on the Lord. It is the church of God and God builds His church. We still don’t have enough room for members and the building committee is always working on additional space. Asking me how Dominion Cathedral has impacted my life? I have all reasons to thank God; not just for me but for everyone in my household including family members, friends and visitors. Also, the Dominion family continues to expand and the miracles and testimonies are being experienced daily. I thank the Almighty God that I am a member of the church and don’t think I want to be in any other place now beside the Dominion Cathedral.
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Other founding/early church members include:
Pastor & Pastor (Mrs.) Nathaniel Saingbe, Pastor & Pastor (Mrs.) Babs Odunsi, Pastor & Pastor (Mrs.) Jide Lawore, Pastor & Pastor (Mrs.) Deji Adewale, Pastor & Pastor (Mrs.) Wale Olalere, Pastor Sade Osuntuyi, e Adetoros, Elder Christianah Gesinde, Dcn. Billy Akinsanya, Dcns. Titi Oyeledun, Bro. Muyiwa Sanyaolu, Dcns. Yemi Sanyaolu, Dcn. Akin Ayodele, Dcns. Kehinde Ayodele, Bro. Sola Oso san, Dcns. Gladys Oso san, Dcns. Jumoke Olukosi, Dcns. Subuola Tayo-Balogun, Dcns. Bola Ugenyi, Bro. Tony Ekpe, Sis. Bola Olaoye, Sis. Nike Adenaike, Sis. Olubukola Adeoti, Bro. Kehinde Oyeleke, Bro. Bisi Bamigboye, Sis. Bisi Dada, Sis. Bowofade Sijuade, Sis. Jane Oludoyi, Sis. Dele Akande.
God has been merciful to Dominion Ca- thedral!! In its 20 years, the Church has been blessed with so many miracle babies...some of which are shown below. Babies have been born to mothers that the doc- tors had declared not fertile, like Sarah; wom-
en in their old ages of 50+ have brought forth. Babies were born after 4, 10, 18 and over 20 years of waiting on God. Furthermore, children that were born very prematurely received the healing touch of God and survived. Indeed, God has borne us in His everlasting arms!!!
Rhonda O. Rachael O.
Fikayo A. Glory A.
Nnaemeka N. Oluwatishe S.
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DOMINION LIGHTHOUSE PARISH
CONGRATULATES RCCG DOMINION
&CATHEDRAL PASTOR (DR.) TOYIN LAOYE
Provincial Pastor | RCCGNAR6 Province 2
AS YOU CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF GOD’S FAITHFULNESS, MAY THE ALL SUFFICIENT GOD INCREASE YOU AND TAKE YOU ALL TO A GREAT GLORY.
WORSHIP WITH US AT
Dominion Lighthouse 814-820 E. THIRD STREET PLAINFIELD NJ 07060
Hour At His Feet 7:30-9:30PM
Teleconference Prayer: 9PM-10PM
1st Day of the Month: 7PM-9PM
Please contact us for more info
Phone: 908-315-3915 Fax: 908-462-1706 Email: [email protected] Website: www.rccgdlh.org
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Happy 20th Anniversary
IN THIS YEAR OF “COMPLETE RESTORATION”
choosing to follow a healthier lifestyle can promote a life full of quality and longevity. A variety of factors to implement into a healthier lifestyle include proper diet and exercise, stress reduction and consistent sleep patterns.
By practicing these suggested 10 methods to better health, you can reduce your health risks and enjoy a value- lled life.
EXERCISE YOUR HEART - Show LOVE to someone – it will do your heart good!
BUILD STRENGTH - Since muscle tissue requires calories to survive, the adaptation of new muscle creates a demand for greater calorie burn.
PLAY SPORTS/EXERCISE – Adopt a lifestyle that includes some form of activity. If a sport is not your thing, join a dance class or better yet dance in your own living room with your family or by yourself. Start with 20- 30 minutes then work your way up as tolerated.
INVOLVE THE FAMILY – Leave the couch and the TV for a while. Take the family out for a night of family bowling, roller skating, or a simple walk around the park.
CONTROL YOUR WEIGHT - Reducing calories in your diet creates a way to increase overall health and lower body weight. An average BMI for women is typically around 2,000 to 2,100 calories a day, and for men, 2,700 to 2,900 calories daily.
AVOID PROCESSED FOODS - Processed foods have been blamed for behavioral problems such as hyperactivity, weight gain and certain cancers, reports the Puristat Digestive Wellness Center. http://www. digestiveadvantage.com
CONTROL CRAVINGS - Device activities that will take focus away from food such as, a walk around the neighborhood before bed, playing a board game with the family, reading your Bible/daily devotional, etc.
SLEEP AND RELAXATION - Getting adequate sleep is crucial for weight reduction and overall good health. Sleep rejuvenates cells therefore lack of su cient rest promotes ill-health. Sleeping at least eight hours a night will help stimulate regular glucose metabolism and limit weight gain.
REDUCE STRESS - Controlling stress is another method of creating a healthy lifestyle. Minimize or remove stressors from your life such as, over commitment, procrastination multi- tasking, negative vibrations and destructive people (including family and friends).
TAKE GRADUAL STEPS - Make gradual and progressive strides toward improving your health. An overall lifestyle change takes time to create. Set small, time-oriented goals and track your success to achieve the big picture - that is total wellness.
ENLIST THOSE AROUND YOU TO JOIN IN YOUR JOURNEY TO SUCCESS – make it a family and/or friends a air.
In this year of “Complete Restoration”, our Father will envelope each and every one of His children into His “Everlasting Arms” allowing us to expe- rience supernatural li ing as we focus on moving from where we are into Divine Health in Jesus Name!
“BELOVED I WISH ABOVE ALL THINGS THAT THOU MAYEST PROSPER AND BE IN HEALTH, EVEN AS THY SOUL PROSPERETH.” 3 JOHN 2
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In this year of
choosing to induct a healthier lifestyle can promote a life full of quality and longevity.
In this year of
“Complete Restoration” during the 20th Anniversary and beyond, our Father will envelope
us into His “Everlasting Arms” in Jesus Name!
Pastor Funmi Dosunmu Deaconess Funmi Olanusi Isaac Popoola
Bimbo Fagun Adesua Asemota Florence Omoruyi Ann Hope
Healthcare Services Team
REFLECT ON THE FOLLOWING AFFIRMATIONS/ACTIONS AS YOU WORK TOWARDS A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE.
E – Enveloped in His Love forever.
V – Victory is assured in His presence.
E – Ever present in our lives and encouraged in faith.
R – Reveal the Trinity in your life through the Holy Spirit.
L – Love your mind, body and spirit then show unconditional love to others.
A – Avoid contamination of the spirit.
S – Surround your life with the indwelling
of the Holy Spirit.
T – Touch lives by doing what Jesus
I – Invoke the Holy Spirit so that life is
lived to the fullest.
N – Never succumb to sin – ee from it! G – God is with us “the Hope of Glory”!
A – All-knowing Father will move you forward – just have faith in Him only!
R – Resolve to move to new realms in Christ.
M – Miracles will never elude you in Jesus Name!
S – Stay focused on Him and He will surround you with His presence, guidance and divine healing.
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