OKONKWO, Bishop Mike

Date of Birth: 1945 State of Origin: Anambra Local Government Area: Oyi Village/Town: Ogbunike Contact Address: The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) Headquarters, Gbagada Phase One Lagos Bishop Mike Okonkwo is the Founder and General Overseer of the Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Nigeria, one of the leading and pioneer Pentecostal Evangelical Missions in Nigeria. He was born in 1945 to a very popular family of Late Pa. R.C Okonkwo of P.T. fame. Bishop Mike Okonkwo was the immediate Past National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PEN) and the Incumbent National Vice-President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). Bishop Mike Okonkwo is a humble man of God, a man of deep grace with pastoral heart for the gospel and the people of God. His ministry has been characterized with zeal for God and salvation for God's people on earth. It is devoid of the usual pomp and flamboyancy which many preachers today carry about as a baggage of the Gospel. Mikes' Ministry is unique in its humble semblance lo the Ministry of Christ whom he represents. Background • Born into an Anglican Family where he grew up and knew the Gospel Worked in ACB and rose to a very enviable position as a lop Banker between 1964 1970 • Gave his life to the Lord and moved to United Church of Christ (UCC) • Became zealous evangelist after his call and helped in Church Planting • Had special Call on 4"' January 1981 to establish The Redeemed Evangelical Mission for the extension of the Kingdom of God here on earth Obeyed the Voice of the Lord and began exploits for the Lord. • Today TREM is all over the place- Africa. America, and Europe as a Church that preaches the Gospel. Contributions to National Development • Abishop with Ecumenical Zeal for Mission- helps Christians of all denominations to know The Lord as Personal Saviour. Supports spiritually and materially oilier Missions in Church Planting. Spiritual Training for National Service. Insists on Marching the Faith with Practical Actions in character and learning. Lives by Example and Preaches powerful Gospel Message. • Founding Head of Mike Okonkwo Foundation (MOF) that runs Adult Classes offers scholarships to many youths • Runs Adult Literacy Classes and free JAMB/WAEC/NECO Preparatory Classes as well as Computer programmes • MOF has through its Vocational Centres in the suburbs of Lagos restored hope lo street children, homeless youths, jobless youths housewives and teeming Nigerians. It is Gospel in Action. Sent many Wheel Chairs to a number of Hospitals in Nigerian to cater for disabled and handicapped people National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi Lagos. Lagos University Teaching Hospital and General Hospital Lagos were among the recipients of the Wheel Chairs. • MOF organizes Annual Essay Competitions for Secondary Schools. • He also holds Mike Okonkwo Football Tournaments which has helped to project some gifted Nigerians in the field of Sports and Academics. • Bishop Okonkwo is not a Politician but prays seriously for the Government and People and at ihe same lime supports laudable People-based programmes and criticises and warns the Government when any anti-God and anti-people policies are promulgated. • He is from all Indication. God's Spokesman for the defence of the Human Rights of ihe masses .He has organized a lot of Public Lectures that emphasised the empowerment and enlightenment of people of Policies and Rights of the Individual and needs to be part of the system Some ol the Public Lectures include • The Christian Constitution and Politics • Righteousness in Governance • Investing in the Nigerian Youths • Rescuing a Hasting Generation • Consumer Protection: The Right ofevery Nigerian etc This man of God has through his ministry touched manv souls and lives. Source Publication: The Igbo Icon
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