The Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West, the Rt Revd Dr James Olusola Odedeji speaking at the retirement service of Venerable Onayemi, acknowledged Venerable Onayemi as a child of God, an Anglican Priest in whom there is no guile and a silent achiever who is thorough in his work. The Bishop congratulated him for officially finishing the ordained ministry gloriously without blemish. He also commented that Brother Onayemi has never allowed his spiritual garment to be perforated with the things of the world.
The priesthood journey of 25 years of Venerable Oluwagbemiga Onayemi came to an end on Thursday March 3, 2016 due to the compulsory 70years retirement age. The Venerable Oluwagbemiga Onayemi, who is the Assistant Treasurer of the Diocese of Lagos West (Anglican Communion) since inception in 1999, was deaconed in 1991 and priested in 1992 and he served in various churches along with the Diocesan Treasury work.
Bishop Odedeji further highlighted the following reasons why some people could not finish well in priesthood:
1. Past achievement has gone into some people heads and they are not making effort to forge ahead.
2. Carelessness on the part of the priests that gives satan the opportunity to make them to fall.
3. Some are reckless in material acquisition instead of been moderate.
4. Pride, only humble people will go far.
5. Ill-gotten-wealth brings repercussion on them. You cannot have everything in ministry. Only those who have Jesus Christ have everything.
The Bishop warned the entire clergy to be careful, spiritual and attentive. He then challenged the clergy that it is pertinent to mediate on how each of us want to finish the assignment.
The Diocesan then appreciated the professional work of the Venerable Onayemi in organising the Accounting system of the Diocese. He said the Assistant Treasurer was very through in work in the Diocesan office and that he had help to rescue some ugly situation in the Account Department.
The Service of retirement was conducted at the Anglican Church of the Ascension, Opebi where he served last and it was well attended by Diocesan Clergy and Dignitaries, families, friends and well wishers.
Revd Oluwole Ibikunle
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