“Helping People is an extension of God’s Work” –Rev. Adebawo
Reverend Adesola Omogbeminiyi Adebawo (Sola Adebawo) is a Reputation Management expert with over two decades of Oil and Gas industry experience. He is Currently the Manager, Corporate Communications for Chevron companies in Nigeria and Mid-Africa.
Sola is also the Executive Director of Centre for Christian Influence, a Christian organization dedicated to the establishment of Godly influence in every critical sphere of life (through research, social work and advocacy).
Until recently, he was Senior Pastor of the House of Goshen – the fast growing revolutionary parish of the Total Gospel Bible Church incorporated, on the Lekki Peninsula, in Lagos, Nigeria; a position he resigned from to pursue the next phase of God’s agenda for his destiny.
He is a 1994 graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Lagos in Akoka, Nigeria, he did a Master’s degree program in Public Relations at the University of Nigeria Nsuka, Nigeria; He obtained a Certificate in Reputation Management from the Reputation Institute of New York, USA.
He also have a Certificate in Lobbying and Government Relations at the Management School, London, UK; Advance Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation for Development from IMA International, London, UK; Level 1 Certificate in Partnership Brokerage from PBAS, Canada; Certificate in Oil & Gas Mini MBA from CWC School of Energy , Houston, USA; Certificate in High Potential Leadership from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA; Certificate in Executing Strategy for Result from London Business School, U.K; Certificate in Digital Marketing from Kellog School of Management, Illinois, USA; Diploma in Ministry & Church Administration from Daniel School of Ministry, Lagos Nigeria; and a Master’s degree in Media and Communication at the Pan Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria. He is currently undergoing a PhD programme in Media and Communications at the same university.
Sola is in the faculty of Daniel School of Ministry. He is also a member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators; Covenant Ministerial Chaplaincy and other professional and ministerial organizations.
He is a member of the prestigious Lakowe Golf Club in Lagos, a development strategist and Executive Administrator of the distinguished Ilaje Development Summit Group. He is also on the board of the NECCI Public Relations Roundtable and a number of high profile organizations. He is an active media professional with regular international radio and television appearances. He’s a Public Speaker, Counselor, strategist, behaviour change advocate, preacher, teacher, counsellor and Life Coach.
He is a man that have helped many families by carrying out regular free healthcare campaigns across the country.
He is married to Bukola, his co-pastor and Human Resource professional; and they are blessed with three children; Joshua, Esther and Mercy.
In an interview with Dailyfamily Newspaper, Sola said helping people is an extension of God’s work.
You are reputed to be a helper of people. What is in it for you?
Helping others, to me, is an extension of God’s work. I have been a beneficiary of the copious grace of God in my life. It is only pleasing to God for me to extend to others the same help that God has so graciously extended to me in many aspects of my life. Our world needs love and care. There is too much self-focus going on around us, while some genuine needs of others are being ignored by those who can do something about them. The Word of God states in Ephesians 2:10 that “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” It is therefore my joy to be the extension of God’s hands of love and a care to reach the lives of others who would benefit from such love and care.
We heard recently that you left the church you build for another great opportunity; can you give us a clip about it?
It was a response to a divine instruction. The Lord told me that my assignment in Total Gospel Bible Church has been accomplished and I am required to take on other assignments for Him. He therefore requested me to exit the church and focus on the next assignment. Though I had invested heavily in the ministry of Total Gospel Bible Church, yet it is an investment in God’s kingdom. I forever appreciate the opportunity to serve and particularly the platform I was afforded to express God’s ministerial grace upon my life. According to Psalm 24 vs 1, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof…” As long as the Lord is being glorified, House of Goshen is the Lord’s property. It is a privilege to have been used to start, grow and build the church…but God has His property and lives will continue to be blessed there.
What year were you ordained a pastor in TGBC and when did you become a Reverend?
I was ordained in TGBC as a pastor in April, 2001 and was ordained a Reverend in August 2014.
We heard that you built so many people up financially, Spiritually and academically, what role did your wife play?
As earlier said, I consider it a privilege to have contributed to the lives of others in such meaningful ways. My wife has always been quite supportive.
Can you gist us about your new great level?
Just be on the lookout as things evolve. What I can confidently tell you though, is that from my understanding of the character of God, the glory of the latter house will be greater than the former!