The Christ Apostolic Church is distinctly an indigenous African Church. By its structure, belief and practices, it is an independent Pentecostal Church. Eventhough it is generally claimed that the Church was founded in 1930 because of the Great Revival that sparked off that year through the great revivalist, Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola, activities leading to the establishment of the church actually started in July 1918. The Aladura Movement began to gather momentum that year.
Notably, the Aladura Group started from St. Saviours Anglican Church at Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria by Sexton Ali and four Elders of the Church, J.B. Sadare, E.O. Onabanjo, D.C. Oduga, and E.O.W. Olukoya.
In the early formation, other leaders joined to strengthen the Group. These include Sophia Odunlami in 1918, David Odubanjo in 1919, and Isaac Akinyele in 1925.
The Aladura Movement affiliated with the Faith Tabernacle of Philadelphia up till 1926. The Church was well structured and known for its Pastoral care from its inception.
Starting in 1943, the Church is governed by Three Principal officers with different functions. They are, the President, The General Superintendent, and the General Evangelist. Over the years and more recently, the General Secretary has become one of the Principal Officers.
The first Christ Apostolic Church in North America was planted in 1976 by the late Rev. Goke Oyedeji, PhD, in Brooklyn, New York. This church is currently the headquarters of the First in the Americas (FITA) DCC.
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Alokan, J.A.: Christ Apostolic Church at 90: 1918-2008 (2011)