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Our Memorable Events

“And it shall be a shout of joy in the tent of the righteous”
To the glory of God, the Church has passed through thick and thin and so far we have every reason to give glory to His holy name.
Report of some memorable events in the church are listed as follows:

DEACONS APPOINTMENT AND ORDINATION
First Set of Deacons
The first set of deacons was appointed and ordained on 10th October 1977 under the spiritual leadership of Rev. J.O. Adeola. The ordination message was preached by Rev. Dr. E.A. Dahunsi who enjoined the ordained deacons to work for the progress of church ministries and co-operate with the minister-in-charge for the glory of God and progress of the church. The ordained deacons were:Late Dn. J.D. Fajehinsan, Dn. M.O. Egundeyi, Dn. L.O. Ogunkola, Dns. A.A. Adenihun and Late Dns. E.O. Ojo.

Second Set of Deacons:
History was made again on the 21st day of January, 1989 when a set of twelve members of the church was appointed and ordained into the deaconate of the church. The ordained deacons were: Dn. J.L. Popoola (Late), Dn. T.A. Afolabi, Dn. J.A. Adebiyi, Dn. J. Aremu, Dn. S.G. Laosebikan, Dn. E.A. Oyetade, Dn. I.O. Oyelowo, Dns. H.A. Egundeyi (Late), Dns. E.O. Alabi, Dns. N.A. Laosebikan, Dn. E.A. Oguntomi, and Dns. A.F. Afolabi

Late Pa. Rev. P.J. Ladapo of Aipate Baptist Church, Iwo, delivered the ordination sermon.

Third Set of Deacons
Sixteen years after the ordination of second set of deacons, history was again made on January 2005 when the third set of deacons and deaconesses were ordained into the deaconate ministry of the Church.
The ordained deacons and deaconesses are: Dn. Engr. M.O. Olayiwola, Dn. Femi Abayomi, Dn. Wale Oladeji, Dn. M.O.B. Taiwo, Dns. F.O. Ogunwuyi, Dns. Funke Taiwo, Dns. V.O. Oguntunde.

At the ordination Programme, Rev. S.M. Leigh of Orita Mefa Baptist Church, Ibadan enjoined the new deacons to serve God and His church with the best of their ability. Other serving, late and transferred deacons and deaconesses were equally honoured and appreciated on that day.

Other Deacons and Deaconesses in the Church:
The church, in addition to her ordained deacons and deaconesses, recognizes the deaconship of the following members on transfer to the church (names, year and church of ordination below)
1. Deacon E.O. Ajayi (1994) First Baptist Church, Ara.
2. Deaconess Ajayi E.A (1967) First Baptist Church, Ara
3. Deacon Ilupeju M.O. (1989) Iwo Road Baptist Church, Ibadan.
4. Deacon Ogunwuyi J.A. (1969) College Baptist Church, Iwo.
5. Deacon Oluokun E.A. (1974) First Baptist Church Oke Eesa, Iree
6. Dn. Adeyemi J.O. (2001) Ore-Ofe Baptist Church Kaduna.

Fourth Set of Deacons
Now that the Church is operating on rotational basis of deaconship, another history was made on 2nd day of November, 2008 when the fourth set of deacons and deaconesses were ordained. The newly ordained deacons and deaconesses are Dn Bayo Adesina, Dn. Dr. Tunde Afolabi, Dn Ademola Ibiyemi, Dn. D.B. Oyelami, Dn. D.O. Babalola, Dn.Lere Olapetan, Dns. Boade Shaniyi, Dns. Ajayi, Dns. V.O. Agboola, and Dns. Yetunde Ojelowo.

ORDINATION AND APPRECIATION OF PASTORS
Rev. Dr. & Mrs. T.F. Jemiriye: The first appreciation service to be conducted by Union Baptist Church, Odi-Olowo, Osogbo was the one done in honour of Rev. Dr. & Mrs. T.F. Jemiriye on the 21st of June, 1992. Having served God and His people as pastor of the church for nine years, the church members unanimously agreed that appreciation service be held to appreciate the effort of the man of God.

Present at the appreciation service was Rev. Dr. S. Ola Fadeji (then General Secretary of Nigerian Baptist Convention) who also broke the bread of life. For so many physical and spiritual developments during his pastoral leadership, the congregation of God's people prayed for the pastor and his family and presented a gift as a token of their appreciation.

Rev. & Mrs. Isaac 'Yemi Ishola: To further demonstrate the presence of God in the midst of His people, on 17th October 2003 history was again made and occasion for rejoicing occurred. Having served God in the midst of His people between 1st June, 1998 and 17th October, 2003 the entire congregation unanimously endorsed the recommendation of executive council to conduct ordination and appreciation service in honour of Rev. I.A. Ishola. The occasion was graced by many ministers of God with Rev. E.O. Adeloye of First Baptist Church Oke-Okanla, Osogbo who delivered the word of God. The church, through the chairman of Appreciation Committee, Dn.. T.A. Afolabi expressed gratitude to Rev. & Mrs. Isaac 'Yemi Ishola for their selfless service in the children's ministry of the church by presenting a gift on behalf of the church.

Rev. Dr. & Mrs. E. Olumide Kehinde: After ten years (10years) of meritorious, fruitful, eventful and spirit-led service in the midst of God's people of Union Baptist Church, Osogbo, the church executive council unanimously decided that a befitting appreciation service be organized for Rev. Dr. & Mrs. E. Olumide Kehinde.

The appreciation service took place on 7th of August 2005. Rev. Dr. Julius Adeniji of Triumphant Baptist Church, Akowonjo, Lagos delivered the sermon of the day. He enjoined the church to continue in their prayer and support for the man of God (Rev. Dr. E.O. Kehinde). Within ten years of his pastorate, the following achievements were made to the glory of God:
Planting and nurturing of six new Baptist churches i.e. Glory Baptist Church, Rhema Baptist Church, New Covenant Baptist Church, Pilgrim Baptist Church, Rehoboth Baptist Church and Goshen Baptist Church.
Introduction of house fellowship for Sunday evening meetings.
Appointment of additional ministerial staff to handle the Children's ministry as well as Youth and Outreach ministry.
Reinvigoration of discipleship ministry.
Introduction of Evangelism on Air.
Building of two new pastoriums.
Tremendous growth in number of worshippers.
Social and benevolent ministry was given prominence.
Ordination of seven (7) new deacons.
Ensuring a near completion of new church building e.t.c.
A gift was presented on behalf of the church by the chairman of the appreciation committee, Dn. T.A. Afolabi to Rev. Dr. & Mrs. E. Olumide Kehinde as a token of the church's appreciation.
Rev. and Mrs. Abimike Abioye: The church again recorded another moment of joy on the 26th day of August 2006 when the associate pastor in charge of youth and outreach ministries of the church was ordained into full gospel ministry. In attendance among several ministers of the gospel from the Nigerian Baptist Convention were, the General Secretary of the Convention, Rev. Dr. S. Ademola Isola; The President Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary Ogbomoso, Rev. Prof. J.A. Ilori The Executive Secretary, Osun Baptist Conference, Rev. Testimony O.O. Onifade and the Chairman, Osun Baptist Conference and pastor Aipate Baptist Church, Iwo, Osun State, Rev. D.O. Eyitayo.

ENDOWMENT FUND RAISING
Following the sudden death of Rev. J.O. Adeola on the 18th of June 1978 while conducting a baptismal service for the newly converted members of the church, the church unanimously decided to launch an endowment fund in honour of the deceased. A sum of N10,000:00 was realized and was entrusted into the care of Nigerian Baptist Convention. It was on record that Union Baptist Church is the first to do such endowment in the entire Baptist Convention family then.

40TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY
The 40th year anniversary of the church took place on 28th October to 2nd November, 1996. During the week long programme, series of activities were undertaken. The grand finale of the activities took place on Saturday November 2nd, 1996 with Mr. Gbenga Adediwura as the Chairman and Rev. I.A. Ojo (the then Conference Chairman) as the anniversary preacher. Families of the founding members were honoured and prayed for. Coconut trees were planted to mark the anniversary.

ULTRA MODERN CHURCH
Due to inadequacy of space and the need to accommodate all worshippers in a befitting and spacious auditorium, the church laid the foundation stone for the construction of an ultra modern auditorium on 20th June 1994. The foundation laying ceremony was done when Late Pa Dn. I.F. Adediran was the leader of the church. To the glory of God, the auditorium, which is almost completed, is already in use.

CHURCH CONSTITUTION
During the tenure of Late Pa Dn. I.F. Adediran, a comprehensive church constitution was drafted and adopted. However, with the passage of time and changing circumstances, it became imperative that the constitution be reviewed. In view of this, Rev. Dr. E.O. Kehinde and the church council set up Fagbamila led Committee to review the constitution. After a thorough study and discussion on the reviewed constitution, it was adopted during the church business meeting of Thursday 6th of August, 2006.