November 08, (THEWILL) – The Glowing Light Theological College (GLOTHEC), an affiliate of Harvest School of Theology and Episcopal Studies, North Carolina, United States, has awarded fifteen persons with honorary doctorate degrees.
Among those awarded and decorated are Pastor Joel Obikoro of Living Christ Ambassador Assembly, Pastor Alagbe Sunday Ezekiel, Mrs Adiola Peter, Chief Fruitful Mekonye, Mr Peter Ubuwere and many others.
Speaking at the baccalaureate award night on Sunday, GLOTHEC Rector, Bishop Femi Soneye said the award is aimed at encouraging clerics and other community leaders, who have immensely contributed to the society at large.
Soneye, who is also the Pastor of Miracle Breed Assembly, said “There are many good people out there and nobody is recognising them and do the right thing. And we have decided to do that right thing.
“We looked at the areas they have all excelled and give awards to areas where they have performed.
“We have been doing individuals honour by going to their church and give them the awards. This is the first time we are getting on a spot to do mass honour.”
According to Bishop Soneye, the award categories were formed based on the awardees’ strengths.
He said, “they should go out to the world and do more and make the world a better place,” and for the 50 graduands, he said, “they should go and show knowledge and put their light in where it can lightened the whole world.”
Reacting to the award, Pastor Obikoro said, “I am honoured to have received an award of life christian coaching. And it is my first time of receiving an award.
“To whom much is giving much is expected. This award is not for me to relax but its an award for me to step up the game and I pray by God on our side we will attain greater heights in our respective ministries.”
“I have been receiving awards but this one is very encouraging. And my advice is whatever you’re doing try giving it the best and not give up and I am happy for this award,” Mr Ubuwere noted.
Earlier, the official statement of GLOTHEC, issued by the Dean of Studies, noted that the honorary doctorate degree was for an individual who had achieved knowledge in religion, ministry, culture, and public service or has made available contributions to the society at large.
Also, the statement pointed out that the recognition was based on their contribution to the growth of Pentecostal, humanity, their labour in the body of Christ, and their efforts in upholding sound biblical knowledge and ethics as well as well-being in the society.