Celestial Church of Christ's spiritual Leader, Prophet Paul Suru Maforikan has passed away aged 86 after a protracted illness.
Maforikan was appointed Pastor and spiritual leader of the Celestial Church of Christ following the death of Gilbert Oluwatosin Jesse in October 2003. He was accepted as leader only by one faction of the church, with another faction considering that Emmanuel Mobiyina Oshoffa was the leader.
Maforikan was born on 19 September 1930 in Ajase, Benin, where his father had moved from Badagry, Nigeria. He was a member of Christ Apostolic Church before joining the Celestial Church Of Christ in 1948 shortly after its foundation.