Church Planting and Nurturing in Osogbo City.
1. Union Baptist Church, Odi - Olowo
As records would have them, the families of Fafehiraan, Adedipe and Fakuade (mostly from Ekiti and Ondo) and the families of Abiola from Iree and others joined to penetrate Odi - Olowo Hill for a Baptist preaching station that quickly developed into a second Baptist Church in Osogbo. Pioneer members of this Church belonged to the First Baptist Church before the move. It was mutual. It happened at the tail end of Rev. S. I. Taiwo's tenure. The Church-on-the-Hill gave the move its utmost blessing and her recommendation to the Nigerian Baptist Convention was equally blessed. What is nice about these two churches is that they welcomed transfers from either Church and both of them worked together to establish Ebenezer Baptist Church along Oke-Oni-tea on Oba Road shortly after.
2. Emmanuel Baptist Church, Oke Ayepe
The land allocated to the Church by the Motanmi family between Oke-Baale and Ilesa Roads was developed as location of another Church. Very quickly in the 1970s, our preaching station near St. John Macky Primary School moved there. Because of the problem of crossing many heavy traffic dual-carriage roads before reaching Oke-Okanla, the aged members of Oparinde, Ojelade, Ojewumi, Adebiyi and Elijah Olasupo families received into this new Chuch near their compounds.
Pa S. O. Adebiyi/ the Late Balogun of Osogbo of Kujenyo's Compound) for many years took care of the land and protected it from being sold by the Olomo -bas.
Emmanuel Baptist Church was organised in 1978. Its first building was completed and dedicated in 1982 by the Convention General Secretary, Rev. Dr. S. T. Ola Akande assisted by Rev. J. O. Ejiwale of the mother Church. Delegates of Oyo East Conference and Zion I Baptist Association were present at the Dedication Service. While Mr. M. A. Kolade served as Secretary, Mr. S. A. Adeniyi served as Leader for many years until the CHURCH recruited Rev. M. A. O. Odubanjo as the full Pastor of the Church.
3. Trinity Baptist Church, Agunbelowo.
3. Trinity Baptist Church: It is sad to report that Newton Memorial Baptist Compound was taken over by the Oyo State Military Government around 1967. The white American Baptist Missionaries re-located a school for their children in far away Jos and left a vacuum at Osogbo. The military Government in retaliation to this moved a School of Nursing right on the campus and used the Sacred Baptist Chapel as a Library!
As a result the NBC General Secretary admonished Rev. W. H. Congdon to establish a Preaching Station at the Site and later reclaim the Chapel for a full Church. Rev. W. H. and Mama W. C. Congdon invited delegates from First Baptist and Union Baptist Churches to join them at the site to worship with possible Baptist Nursing Students and Staff. The first worship service took place on 18th Feb. 1979. The School however did not allow worshippers to enter the Chapel for the third Sunday Service. It has been converted into a library! Revd. Congdon then converted his Carpentary worship building into a Church, The Church was named Trinity Baptist Church and conducted services in the English Languange. When the Union Baptist Church withdrew its members, Dn. E. Lagunju of the FBC offered to lead till about 1983. Dr. M. O. Ogundeji assisted by Mr. Kola Adegoke also led the Church from 1984 to 1992. Dn. O.A. Fawunmi was seconded from First Baptist Church to lead the Church in 1993 until it was organized on 13 January, 2001. Deacon Bankole Olunlade ably assisted Dn. O. A. Fawunmi till the Church had a full Pastor in 2001.
4. Alafia Oluwa Baptist Church, Power Line Area.
Alafia Oluwa Baptist Church is another Preachinj Station that was matured into a Church. It was founded in 1989 at the Power Line area on Ikirun Road. Members who volunteered to worship at the new Preaching Station due to location of their houses near by were Baba Olayemi Taiwo, the Ojelades and Mr. Babadara families. The inaguration service was held in a flat owned by Pa. Amos Adegboye. Later, the Church erected a temporary auditorium on a space of land owned by Mr. D. A. Oladeji. The Church sent delegates from the FBC to worship at the Preaching Station every Sunday. At first it was led by Dn. A. A. Afolabi and later by selected Deacons on rotational basis.
A piece of land was purchased at Obelawo area while Launching Service for Church building was held at a place near the land. It was learnt that Alafia Oluwa sold the land to change the location of the Church to its present site. Alafia Oluwa Baptist Church has since been organized on 6th July, 1996 with a full time Pastor.
5. Zion Baptist Church, Alekunwodo
Zion Baptist Church Alekunwodo was initiated by the Church Evangelism Committee in 1992. The Hall of the Planks Dealers Association was loaned to start the project. Members of ftm FBC whose houses and apartments were near enough were encouraged to worship there. Those seconded to worship there were Mr. Niyi Oke, (Leader) Mr. and Mrs. T. Adeyemo, Olu and Akin Farinde Families, Mrs. R. A. Kolade, Mr. J. Fadiya, Mr. Omotunde and Mrs. C. T. Ajala to mention a few. The evangelism group also attended services on Sundays with these worshippers.
On retirement from the mother church, Rev. J. O. Ejiwale and his family worshipped and moderate the activities of this Church. We Thank God for his life and we pray that through him Zion Baptist Church will soon sponsor her own preaching stations and maturing churches.
Zion Baptist Church moved to its permanent site with the financial support of the mother Church and the assistance of Deacon Niyi Oke. Zion Baptist has since matured into a full Church with a full time Pastor. Dn. Niyi Oke has also been seconded to our new establishment on Ikirun Road called Ireti - Ogo Baptist Church.
6. Ireti Ogo Baptist Church, Kobo-ngbogbo-re
Ireti Ogo at Kobo- ngbogbo-re Ilupeju along Ikirun Road was a recent Preaching Station of the FBC originated by the MMU. It was established in 1997 after a week of Revival Services held around the area. Worship services were allowed in the building of Mr. J.O. Faniran. The Deacons of the FBC rotated to lead Sunday services while society members (Egbes) were in turns delegated to the station to worship with them. The Church erected temporary shed in front of Mr. Faniran's house with the assistance of Rev. E. O. Adeloye, the Minister-in-charge of FBC Oke-Okanla. In 2001 Dn. Niyi Oke who was recalled from Zion Baptist Alekuwedo was appointed Church leader. To God be the glory, a piece of land was purchased by the mother Church for permanent site. The preaching station recording a great progress.
7. Other location for Church planting inside Osogbo Township
Other location for Church planting inside Osogbo Township are the purchased landed properties at the back of Moye Filling station, Iwo Road and another at Abere, Gbongan Ibadan Road near the Osun State Government secretariat. The Pastor is presently making calls for spirited Church families to go and start something going and soon too.