Pastor

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PROFILE OF PASTOR IN CHARGE OF LAGOS PROVINCE 46

OLUKAYODE A. PITAN

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

Pastor Pitan has corporate and banking experience spanning over 25 years. He graduated with a Bsc (Hons) degree in Economics as a UAC scholar from the University of Ibadan in 1982. He obtained a Master’s degree in International Management as a Rotary International Scholar from the American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird Campus, Glendale, Arizona. He is an alumnus of Lagos Business School (SMP 96) and London Business School (SEP 98).

Pastor Pitan started his banking career in 1986 at Citibank Nigeria. He subsequently joined Industrial Bank Limited (Merchant Bankers) as part of the pioneer team in the role of Head, Trade Finance. He left the Bank in 1991 to run Credit Lease Nigeria Limited, a company founded by him to pursue his dream in export business.

Pastor Pitan came back to the banking industry in 1996 by joining FSB International Bank Plc as AGM / Head of Middle Tier market and public sector. He later served as Group Head, Commercial and Consumer Banking Group. He also headed the Corporate Banking and Energy groups. He was promoted to Executive Director of the Bank and Managing Director of ENSEC (Energy division) in March 2001.

Pastor Pitan joined First Interstate Bank Plc in August 2004 as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer. He led the Bank successfully through a merger with eight other Banks to form Unity Bank Plc. From January 2006 to February 2009 when he voluntarily retired, he served as Executive Director of Unity Bank Plc in charge of Corporate Banking and Treasury Management.

Pastor Pitan had participated in many innovative transactions in the Nigerian Capital Market. He was the Chairman of the Technical Committee that led to the merger of Centerpoint Securities Ltd and FIIST Ventures Ltd to form Unity Registrars Ltd and served as Chairman of the Unity Registrars Ltd. He was also the Chairman of the Technical Committee that merged Kapital insurance Plc, lntercontinental Assurance Company Ltd and Global Commerce and General Assurance Co Ltd into UnityKapital lnsurance Co Plc and also served as Director of the new entity. He was the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the landmark transaction where nine banks were merged to form Unity Bank PLC and the listing of the bank on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. He also midwifed the formation of FUG Pensions Limited by serving as the Technical Chairman for the pooling together of the interests of Futureview Financial Services Ltd, Unity Bank Plc and Glanvill Enthoven & Co Ltd to form a viable and significant player in the Pensions management industry. He subsequently served as Chairman of FUG Pensions Ltd. Mr Pitan has also served as the alternative Director of Kakawa Discount House Limited, Director Newdevco Investments & Securities co. Limited, Director Banque International Du Benin (BIBE) and currently serves on the Board of Wema Registrars Ltd, Union Registrars Ltd, Caroline Properties Ltd, Infranet Limited, Excel E & P Ltd (operators of Eremor Field in OML 46) and some other companies where he serves as mentor to many.


SPIRITUAL BACKGROUND

Pastor Pitan is an ordained senior Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He gave his life to Jesus Christ in December 1986 at the Christ Chapel in Surulere. He was a member of the Deeper Life Ministries for about two years before he settled in New Estate Baptist Church in Surulere. He was a pioneer student of the RCCG – International Bible Institute and Leadership Training School in 1995. He formally joined the RCCG in March 1996 and became the Pastor in charge of Olive Tree Parish in Ikoyi in November 1996 when the pioneer pastor, (late Pastor Alfred Ogunfeyinmi) died in the ADC plane crash.

Under his leadership the parish bought land and built the imposing House of Prayer for all Nations at Banana Island in Ikoyi. The membership of the parish grew from 50 to 1000 in October 2010 when he was promoted to Assistant Pastor in charge of LP35 and transferred to Tabernacle of David, Ajah. He was also the pastor in charge of the International Bible Institute and Leadership Training School from 1996 until October 2010. He was very active in church planting. Under his leadership, Olive Tree Parish in Ikoyi planted and collaborated with other parishes to plant 20 parishes in Lagos, Calabar, Owerri, Ireland and in S. Africa.

Pastor Pitan resumed at RCCG Tabernacle of David in Ajah on October 17, 2010. The church was in crises as the pioneer pastor had resigned from the mission, building project had stalled and many members had left the church or stopped coming to church.

In the last 4 years, the Administrative Building was completed and the main sanctuary that was at the foundation level was dedicated by the General Overseer on February 12, 2012. The Event center named the “Lighthouse” was recently completed and dedicated by Pastor Remi Morgan on Sept 7, 2014.

The membership of the parish has increased from 897 on resumption to over 2,000. Under his leadership the parish planted 4 parishes in the last 4 years including a youth church (membership in the 4 parishes planted is over 350). The parish now hosts a campus of RILA and the School of Disciples. Pastor Pitan is passionate about education. He initiated the Educational Support Scheme to assist families having difficulties paying the school fees of their children. The church is currently sponsoring the education of 30+ children of members in various institutions and at the university level.

He is married to Pastor (Mrs) Olorunfemi Pitan a consultant Paediatrician and a Fellow of the National postgraduare Medical College. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health (UK) and a Fellow of the Royal College of paediatrics and child Health (UK). She currently works with Chevron Nigeria Limited where she heads the Occupational Health Department at the Head office in Lekki.

Pastor Pitan is an alumnus of the Haggai Institute in Singapore and currently chairman, Habitation of Hope – An NGO set up by Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye to salvage, transform and empower the abandoned, hopeless and homeless street boys and girls in our society.

Pastor Pitan was promoted to the position of the Pastor in charge of the newly created Lagos Province 46 on Sept 1, 2014. The new Province is taking off with 89 parishes and total membership of 7,652.