Ayo Oritsejafor

5th President of CAN


In office
July, 2010 – July, 2016

Vice President
Daniel Okoh

Preceded by
John Onaiyekan

Succeeded by
Dr. Supo Ayokunle

Personal details

Ayodele Joseph Oritsegbubemi Oritsejafor
November 10
Delta State, Nigeria


Helen Oritsejafor (m. 1997)


Joseph Monday Oritsejafor
Roli Durojaiye Oritsejafor

Warri, Delta State, Nigeria

Preacher, Author

Ayo Oritsejafor Ministries

Ayodele Joseph Oritsegbubemi Oritsejafor, known as Papa Ayo Oritsejafor, is the founding and Senior Pastor of Word of Life Bible Church, located in Warri, Nigeria. He became the National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) on February 7, 2005, a position he held for five years. In July 2010, Oritsejafor was elected as the President of the Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN),[1][2] the apex body of all Christians in the country. In doing so he became the first Pentecostal leader to hold the position. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor Ministries was the first to launch a Miracle crusade (Lagos Miracle Crusade) from Africa to world audience, via satellite, in 1987 with evangelist Joe Martins.


1 Early life
2 Personal life

2.1 Conversion

3 Ministry

3.1 Personal
3.2 Criticism
3.3 Recognition

4 Philanthropy

4.1 Eagle Heights International Schools (EHIS)
4.2 The International School of Ministry (ISOM)
4.3 African Broadcasting Network (ABN)
4.4 Other institutions

5 Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN)
6 Books
7 References

7.1 Bibliography

8 External links

Early life[edit]
Ayo Oritsejafor was born on November 10, into the family of Joseph Monday Oritsejafor and Roli Durojaiye Oritsejafor in Lagos, Nigeria. Desperately in need of a male child, his mother had prayed earnestly, believing God for the blessing of a male child. She would say to God, “if you give me a child, I will give him back to you”. His parents felt fulfilled with the birth of their son and named him, Ayodele: joy has come to our home. Oritsejafor’s father died when he was young. His mother remarried and moved to the United Kingdom with her new husband, while Oritsejafor stayed in Nigeria with relatives.
Personal life[edit]
Oritsejafor got married to Helen Oritsejafor in 1997 at the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Lagos, Nigeria. They have triplets: sons Ayodele Joseph, Ayodeji and daughter Ayodeta Helen. The famil