The Founder: PASTOR CHARLES OJEI
As an apostle of God, Pastor Charles Ojei has lifted his congregants spiritually; as a teacher, he has lifted the pages of the Bible into the hearts of his followers; as a leader, the man of God has expounded the servant-leader principles as Jesus taught His disciples; as a motivational speaker, he has inspired his audiences by injecting his strong Christian values into his enthusiastic speaking; as a counselor, he has brought solace to homes and families; and as a bridge builder, Pastor Ojei continues to engineer souls to move from hope to heights.
Born into the family of Peter and Alice Ojei in Bukuru near Jos in Plateau State of Nigeria, Pastor Charles has been a man of determination from his youth. Wanting best things in life, he stops at nothing at achieving his goals. An only child, Charles was raised with cautious pamper by his mother, who became a widow at an early age.
Growing up for Pastor Charles was a life deluged with challenges and step-by-step, he has built a body of testimonies showing his strong and deep relationship with God and it is his success that drives him to lead his congregation toward Christ.
Ordained an evangelist in August 1992 at the Solid Rock Assembly Lagos, Pastor Charles served the Assembly for several years before he received the calling to start The Lighted Church on December 11, 1999. In keeping with a specific instruction from the Lord to bring together a people who will be a light to this world, Pastor Charles wrestled with this injunction for as long as he could but eventually submitted himself to the will of God and was ordained a Pastor by Pastor Taiwo Odukoya of The Fountain Of Life Church Lagos on December 11, 1999. Pastor Charles, a teacher of the Word and an avid reader ensures that his members do not just study the word but know it historically and spiritually while expounding its many facets for their all round victory in life.
When The Lighted Church finally was launched on December 11, 1999 it was a culmination of a man’s personal struggle with his faith and the total submission to the will of God. The Vision given to him was to ensure all who came to the Church would become ‘light to the world’ and exhibit the boldness of God as enunciated in the MISSION STATEMENT.
2004 saw the manifestation of an early vision for a business seminar and so, The Lighted Church and The Light of The World Outreach Ministries took the bold steps of expanding the frontiers of the Pastor’s calling with a quarterly Business Seminar aptly called EXPLOITS. The birth of EXPLOITS was part vision of the Ministry to empower the church with God’s abundance through the teaching of Kingdom Wealth Principles. EXPLOITS formerly took off on April 17, 2004 and coupled with other church outreach programs, the Ministry of Charles Ojei has been centred on reaching out to people all over the world with the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
A trained and successful professional Town Planner, Pastor Charles Ojei is the President and CEO of Forward Group an international company with offices in Lagos and New York. Married to Pastor Helen Chinye Ojei, they are blessed with two children; Sheila Charles-Ojei, and Charles Chukwunonso Charles-Ojei.