Members of the Nigerian Assemblies of God on Thursday elected a new General Superintendent to pilot the affairs of the church for the coming years.
The new GS is Dr. Abel Amadi, the Owerri District Church Superintendent, who will take over from Pastor Ejikeme Ejim who is officially retiring in December 2022.
Amadi defeated the current General Secretary of the church, Pastor Akpan Amaowoh to emerge as the new national leader of the church.
Elections were held on Thursday at Evangel University, Okpoto campus Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State at the 37th general council of the church.
He got 2,911 votes to defeat his rival who got 2,211 votes.
The election took place on Wednesday at Evangel University, Okpoto campus, Evangel University, Ebonyi State, ahead of the send-off ceremony of Pastor Ejim and Treasurer Dr. Vincent Alaje.
Pastor Ejikeme and Dr. Alaje will retire in December 2022 after 44 years in the church.
At the Send-Off event, the first Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Sam Egwu, commended the retired national leader of the church for his rare leadership qualities and prowess.
The former governor of Ebonyi, who is currently representing Ebonyi North in the Senate, described the retired officers of the Council of God as great men of God who served the church and humanity with humility, dedication and fear of God.
Egwu, who was the chairman of the event, said the church was very fortunate in electing selfless leaders and stressed that the retired councilors had made commendable contributions to the progress of the church and society at large.
He said: “If you look at the generals who will retire, you will agree with me in some truth that God has been with us (Assemblies of God). I want to thank God for the lives of our generals who are retiring today because they performed the duties of their offices with humility, selflessness and the fear of God. Today we are here to celebrate them, and to pray that God will continue to be with them as they retire after a wonderful time in the church.’