SCOAN has officially declared Evelyn Joshua as the new leader of the famous, Nigerian based church.
The TB Joshua church declared the late preacher’s widow will take over even as her late husband will remain as the general overseer and founder of the church.
She has asked for prayers as she begins her new role and said in-person worship would resume “as God leads.”
The Nigeria televangelist ,born Temitope Balogun Joshua, was one of Africa’s most popular televangelists. T.B. Joshua died at 57 in June. The influential preacher was buried inside his synagogue in Lagos after a week of mourning.
His death was announced via a statement released by his TB Joshua Ministries official Facebook page, saying that he died on Saturday, June 5, 2021.
“God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua home – as it should be by divine will. His last moments on earth were spent in the service of God. This is what he was born for, lived for, and died for,” the statement said.
Some of his believers claim the preacher already knew that he was to die soon.
The ruler of his hometown Oba Yisa Olanipekun told reporters that the preacher had prophesized his departure in his last sermon.
“If you listen to his last preaching two days ago, you will see that he already knew that he is ready to go,” said the Oba Yisa in line with the belief that TB Joshua prophesied his own death.
It is reported that he walked out of a Saturday night sermon to take a little break but did not return to continue the mass.
Those in attendance only became aware of the situation when it took long without seeing the preacher return.
Upon a search at his apartment, he was found dead at 2 am.
“His people thought he probably wanted to rest or refresh but when they didn’t see him after a long while, they went in search of him and found him in an unusual position,” he said. The church said Joshua’s last words to his members were “watch and pray”.
TB Joshua was popular in many African countries, and in South America where he had held many religious crusades.
The preacher was noted for making predictions and for his claims to cure various ailments and to make people prosper through miracles.