Crisis has erupted at late T. B. Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) as some members have rejected the emergence of his wife, Evelyn, as successor.
T. B. Joshua died suddenly on June 5, 2021 without naming a successor.
Some aggrieved members of the church operating under the auspices of Global Congress of SCOAN Members (GCSM) church kicked against Evelyn’s emergence saying her late husband and founder of SCOAN expected his successor to be from among the pastors in the church whom he had anointed.
In a statement signed by the president of GCSM, Mr. Adedeji Opeyemi and secretary, Mr. Brown Chimieze, the group claimed that the rule had been swept aside by a few members whom they alleged were against the progress of the Church.
The group which described Evelyn as “self-imposed leader’ stated that she never anointed by the late founder as a pastor adding that she was not a founding member of SCOAN.
Besides, they said the new leader had begun to commercialise the church, contrary to the not-for-profit-making position of SCOAN’s late founder.
“We are worried about the emergence of Mrs. Evelyn Joshua, the wife of the late founder who made unilateral declaration of herself as the new leader of the Church.
“She claimed a congregation of 2000 Church members appointed her. This is ridiculous: Where did the meeting hold? Was it through a Yes vote? Was it through election? Was it through ‘anointing’ by the 2000 members?
“Where is the resolution of the 2000 members? Can 2000 members pick a successor in a Church with millions of members all over the world in five continents? What is the constitution of the Church? Was it followed?
“Pastor TB Joshua never ran the church on the basis of profit. Today, there is a design by the newly self- imposed leader, Mrs. Evelyn Joshua to commercialise every activity in the Church for money.
“Mrs. Evelyn Joshua is not a pastor. She was never anointed by Pastor Joshua. She was not part of the founding members of the Church. What is the basis of her emergence as the person now parading herself as the new leader?
“Under the aegis of SCOAN congress, made up of members from 188 countries, we shall continue to inform and educate the public, peoples all over the world on every development at SCOAN until wisdom, the ways of God and common sense prevail.”