Christian Tourism Body Elects Oasis of Faith CEO, Kristilere as New President
By Justina Okpanku
Christian Tourism Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CTPAN) has elected CEO of Oasis of Faith Intercontinental Ltd., a Christian pilgrimage operator, and the Senior Pastor of Shepherdhill Baptist Church, Obanikoro, Lagos to serve as president. Kristilere and other officers were elected during the group’s Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday February 16, 2021. Kristilere (PhD.) commended the “tenacity and sagacity of the out-going Exco” and promised to work with all and sundry to take Christian pilgrimage in Nigeria especially the privately organised tours to an enviable height. While reflecting on the challenges the COVID-19 pandemic posed on Christian pilgrimage in the last one year, he expressed hope that in the next few weeks, the borders of Israel shall be opened to Nigerian pilgrims again and those who have been yearning to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and experience the Holy land shall find their dreams coming to pass.” He solicited for the support and co- operation of all CTPAN members as they all strive together to make a difference during their tenure and bring into the fold other private Christian pilgrimage operators that are yet to join the association. “Surely, it is the dawn of a new era for Private Christian Pilgrimage in Nigeria,” he said. The association also elected Deaconess Lola Oluokun, the CEO of Beulah Travels as Vice -President and Pastor Mrs. Jumoke Adeniyi, the CEO of Pasture Travels as General Secretary as well as other officers.
CTPAN, which comprised of over 60 registered pilgrimage operators nationwide, was led by Mrs. Adeola Adekola, CEO of Ideal Pilgrimage, until Kristilere was unanimously elected as the new president.
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