The Vice Chancellor and President of Babcock University, Prof. Tayo Ademola, has lauded the 17 pioneer graduates of Church Administration (Executive Diploma) the first of their kind in the history of professional Christian education in Nigeria. He called them first fruits of the university in its collaboration with the Church Administration Society of Nigeria (CASON).
In his address at the graduation ceremony held Thursday in Babcock’s Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State campus, Ademola said, “I wish to congratulate the graduands for sticking to the battle to the end. They are the first fruits of our relationship with CASON in their bid to foster greater professionalism in the administration of churches in Nigeria.”
He further affirmed, “If there is a need for church workers to get or receive more training, the time is now. The world is getting more sophisticated and so are the members of our different churches.”
In his own remarks, CASON President, Pastor Seyi Oladimeji said, “By providence, our partnership with Babcock University was birthed in August 2017, followed by two years of intense preparation and today, we witness the graduation ceremony of the first set of university diplomates in Church Administration; a first in the history of the Church in Nigeria.”
Oladimeji concluded by saying, “The Church is a critical stakeholder in the building and development of a nation; to give direction towards peace and progress. Therefore, the Nigerian Church must rise to the challenges of our country. Hence the need for the upscaled training of church workers and stakeholders.”
The 17 diplomates, sourced by CASON, comprise of general overseers, pastors and career-minded church administrators. Already the second stream of candidates have been admitted for the 2021 Executive Diploma in Church Administration with registration ongoing, while the partners, CASON and Babcock hope to institute an Executive MBA in Church Administration a few years into the future.
Others at the ceremony were the Senior Vice President, Academics, Prof. Philemon Amanze; the Registrar, Prof. Jonathan Nwosu; and the Director, Babcock Centre for Executive Development, Prof. Johnson Egwakhe for the university.
CASON Board members in attendance were the Vice President, Pastor Steve Akoni; Secretary, Pastor Ayo Daniels; Treasurer, Mr. Segun Shelleh; Registrar, Pastor Segun Adegoke; Director of Media & Communication, Dr. Kunle Hamilton and Pastor Sunkanmi Obisesan.