Pastor Tola Odutola, one of the most prominent pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, in the United States has broken away from the church.
Pastor Odutola, who is the senior Pastor of Jesus House Baltimore, told his congregation on Sunday that he was leaving the church after 30 years of service. He is leaving with his wife, Kofo, who is also a pastor of the church.
Odutola cited lack of care by the church leaders.
The church, with headquarters in Nigeria, was founded in 1952.
In a viral video, Odutola said his church would now run independently.
In a statement that would worry the Pastor Enoch Adeboye-led church, he said there are other pastors following him out of the church. He also said he anticipated he would be demonised for his decision.
His announcement to the congregation on Sunday was met with standing ovation several times.