THE Nigeria Fellowship of Christian Queens has been inaugurated in Ekiti State by the founders of the body, Bishop Steve Pipe MacWilliams and his wife, Bishop Mercy MacWilliams.
At the inauguration ceremony held in the main auditorium of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Life Fountain Cathedral in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, gaily queens, known commonly among their people as Oloris, were joined by Olori (Pastor) Anike Adesanoye, of Ondo Kingdom, who gave the sermon.
The event witnessed a generous turnout of queens from all the 16 Local Government Areas of the state. The queens had turned out en-masse because, apart from fellowship, the gathering was also an opportunity to pray to the Almighty God, the King of kings, for their husbands who were the kings of their communities; their kingdoms and also for themselves and their various undertakings.
National Coordinator of the fellowship, Bishop MacWilliams, told the Ekiti State Council of Queens, led to the ceremony by their President, Eyesorun Bosede Adejugbe, that the objectives of the fellowship included to “set a template for the building of the church of kings and queens.”
Mrs MacWilliams said: “The church will restore the dignity of the throne and the lost power of the royal institution. The church will spread the gospel of Christ to kings and queens in all nations till the Fellowship of Christian Kings and Queens are duplicated in every region on earth where there is monarchy. The church will provide spiritual umbrella for the royal fathers and their families and rise in defence of the interest of the royal institution.”
She explained that the Lord instructed them, last year, “to establish the Nigeria Fellowship of Christian Queens to complement the fellowship of Christian monarchs, which has been in existence in some provinces within and outside the nation.”
Bishop Mercy MacWilliams said: “We are not a fellowship looking for the emancipation of wives from the headship of their husbands, but rather we are a fellowship established to uphold our husbands in every area that God has given us power by supporting them in time of joy and moment of crises and give unflinching loyalty to them in the face of adversities and challenges.”
In her sermon on the occasion, entitled: Our Husbands and their Kingdoms, Olori Adesanoye, who took her text from Proverbs 8:11-15, reiterated that the fellowship was aimed at reawakening the wives of kings “first as wives and consorts; secondly, as matriarchs to your kingdoms and thirdly to stir up your spirit of intercession.”
Eyesorun Adejugbe, in her speech, pointed out that the Ekiti Council of Oloris started in 1994, “when we realised the onerous task of queens who cannot but operate outside the palaces or mingle with people most especially at the grassroots. Also, the task of taking care of our husbands who are kings, children and all occupants of the palace is our responsibility.”
Bishop Pipe Macwilliams noted that, with the existence of a fellowship of Christian Kings, it would be counterproductive for a king to be born-again without the wife being on the same page.
“The fellowship is to help the kings to have peace and apart from having peace, to also have eternal life in heaven.”
He noted that Ekiti came as the first port of call because “out of all the states of Nigeria, Ekiti has the highest number of Christian kings.”