Church of God Mission bishop dies three weeks after ordination



Church of God Mission International on Tuesday announced the transition of one of its newly ordained bishops and Director of Administration, Rt. Rev. Odemwingie Osaruese Okundaye.

He was among six bishops consecrated at the church’s annual convention tagged MEGACON early August in Benin, the Edo State capital.

The church confirmed it in a statement by Rt. Rev. (Dr.) FEB Idahosa on behalf of the College of Bishops of CGMi Global Family.

It reads: “Official statement from Church of God Mission International, on the call to glory of her Director of Administration, RT. REV. ODEMWINGIE OSARUESE OKUNDAYE, on Monday, 23rd August, 2021.

“And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud…” (Revelation 11:12).

We bow to the supreme and eternal will of the sovereign God, as we announce the transition of  RT. REV. ODEMWINGIE OSARUESE OKUNDAYE, the Director of Administration of Church of God Mission Int., from his earthly home to be with the saints triumphant.

Bishop Odi, as he was belovedly known, was a Christlike and Christ-centred preacher and teacher, with in-depth wisdom and a profound illumination embedded in God’s word.

A beloved son, husband, father, and brother, he was an astute administrator with a rare brilliance, dexterity and finesse- all encapsulated in the spirit of excellence.

Bishop Odi was a man with a savvy candour and demeanour, towering above his peers, both physically and intellectually, while simultaneously graced with gentleness of heart and a resolute spirit.

Although as mortals, we cannot fully comprehend the infinite wisdom of God, we nonetheless submit to His supreme will and mandate, while remaining confident in His continually good plans for us as a global family.

Indeed, heaven has gained a spiritual giant. Indeed, heaven has won a warrior. The battle is won, and Jesus has the ultimate victory. We judge him loving and faithful forever.