|How it all started|
In 1969, the Lord commanded Apostle Ayo Omideyi to set up Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) in the U.K. This seemed a daunting task especially at a time when he was not eager to live in a foreign land. However in obedience to the word of God, he arrived in London in 1973. In January 1974 he set up Christ Apostolic Church (Bethel) UK the first Christ Apostolic Church in Europe and America. By God’s Divine help the church started in a bedsit at Finsbury Park with his brother, the late Superintendent Pastor O Omideyi, being the first member.
The brothers were very enthusiastic about this mission, putting all their time, effort, money and resources into the spiritual and physical growth of the church. Pastor Toluwase, Evangelist Mahama and many others later joined them. Within a few months of its birth, the church grew too big for the bedsit and they moved to larger premises at 52 Priory Road, Haringey London.
With God working in their midst, the news of this first CAC in the UK spread, and the church membership rapidly increased, and yet again they had to look for larger premises. In 1976 this led the church to renting Campsbourne Baptist Church. However in 1979, Campsbourne could no longer accommodate them, and they were compelled to hold the church services in the Apostles residence, at 136 Haringey Road, where they had to hold two services on Sundays. Like Joseph, little did Apostle Omideyi, and his flock realise that the scripture ‘everything works for good for those who love the Lord, who are called after His purpose…” (Rom 8:28) was about to be fulfilled.
God remained faithful at a time when comforts were declining - the mortgage of that building was paid off miraculously within a year!. The church continued to pray for a church building and in a dream, God revealed to the Apostle the promise of a large church premises and assured him that, “this is the place I have prepared for you. I will give it to you in its time.”
On June 4 1980, the church officially took occupancy of the premises as the headquarter of Christ Apostolic Church (Bethel) UK.