He had also been actively preaching from then until 2020.
Pastor Jimmy Odukoya, actor and son of Pastor Taiwo Odukoya, has cleared the air regarding his appointment as the new lead pastor of the Fountain of Life Church Ilupeju.
During an interview with BBC Pidgin, he attested that he had been an ordained and licenced minister since 2009. He has also been in service as a pastor for well over a decade, as opposed to what many thought.
Confirming the news of his appointment as the lead pastor, which was announced on Sunday, September 17, 2023, Odukoya said, “Yes, I am now the lead pastor of the Fountain of Life church. I was ordained as a minister in 2009 so no be today, then I was ordained as a pastor in this Fountain of Life Church in 2012. So since 2021, I was the lead pastor of the youth church; church 3:16 till 2020 or 2021. So for those who know, they know and for those who don’t know, no wahala. I’ve been a part of this ministry as a licenced minister since 2009.”
The pastor-cum-actor also addressed the conflict of interest that arose after breaking into the Nollywood entertainment industry. His acting career continued to take off until his most notable role as Oba Ade in the 2022 Hollywood movie The Woman King, in which he starred alongside Viola Davis and John Boyega.
He also confirmed that he was faced with the option of choosing one or the other but he is determined to do both over time, also noting that he is fully concentrated on his ministry for now.