Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
One of the foremost church ministry that has literally taken Christ’s instruction and run with it is Winners chapel international ministry, whose headquarter is in Sango Ota in Ogun State, Nigeria. Thiss year, despite the pandemic, the church met its target of 10,000 church-planting goal in Nigeria and 730 branches outside the country. One of the fallout of carrying out church planting is the breakaways of overseers of the branches and the ensuing litigations that follows, which often takes years and often distract the ministry from other spiritual and contemporary activities aimed at soul winning and church growth. Sometimes the branch pastors could teach doctrines and other tenets which may be contrary to the church teachings and Doctrines. WCI, AKA Winner has had its own fair share of such experiences. It was a celebrated case when of the pastor in Ghana, Bishop George Adjeman, suddenly cut off ties with the headquarters and converted the church properties in Accra Ghana to his own registered ministry in 2004.
After 16 Years, Ghanaian Appeal Court Returns Headquarter to Oyedepo’s Winners’ Chapel as Bishop Adjeman Ordered to Render Account to his Former Employers.
After over 16 years of the rebellion in Ghana by Bishop George Adjeman formerly of the Living Faith Church Worldwide aka Winners’ Chapel International, judgement has been delivered by the Ghana Court of Appeal in favour of the Winners’ Chapel founded and led by Bishop David Oyedepo.
According to the Judgment delivered on 30th November 2020, all properties in possession of Winners’ Chapel, (led by Bishop Adjeman) Ghana to be returned to the Church (Oyedepo led Winners Chapel International-WCI)
WCI is also to have exclusive use of the name of Winners Chapel. The Registrar General is to delete Adjeman’s name from the Register of Companies, while Adjeman is to account to WCI for the use of its properties from 2004 to date and pay any amounts due WCI with interest.
The summary of the judgment and the consequential reliefs granted are:
1. The judgment of the trial high court is reversed.
2. All properties acquired or funded by the Church a.k.a. Winners Chapel International (1st and 2nd Plaintiffs) are the Church’s bona fide properties.
3. The Church is entitled to recover its properties at East Legon, No. 16 Otublohum Road, Industrial Area, all places of worship and items of worship of the Church occupied by Adjeman and Winners Chapel Ghana.
4. The Registrar General is to delete the names of Adjeman and the Defendants from its records as directors and subscribers of Winners Chapel and restore the names of the Church and its directors and subscribers in their stead.
5. Adjeman is to render an account of his stewardship to the Church from 16/01/2004 to date and pay any moneys due the Church with interest at the prevailing commercial bank interest rate.
6. The Church is entitled to the exclusive use of the name “Winners’ Chapel and Adjeman and the other Defendants are injuncted in perpetuity from using the name.
The case was conducted by Thaddeus Sory and Pst Nii Amassah Kotey who unfortunately passed on to glory a few days before judgment was given. Thanks be to God for crowning their efforts with success.
The High Court had earlier given judgement in favour of the Bishop George Adjeman led group in 2017. It is expected that Bishop Adjeman would appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Ghana, which is the highest judicial body in Ghana.
This judgment comes at the heels of the church annual convention, SHILOH Dates: December 8th – 13th, 2020.
Times: 7 am & 7 pm daily. The theme for this year is TURNAROUNF ENCOUNTERS.