One of the Church Patriarchs, Trustee and second General Evangelist – CAC Worldwide, Prophet D. O. Babajide has slept in the Lord at early hours of Tuesday 17th January 2012 at the ripe age of 112.
Evangelist/Pastor/Prophet David Olu Babajide, the second General Evangelist of Christ Apostolic Church, next in rank to the late Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola was born on 25th February, 1900 at Okemesi-Ekiti in Ekiti State. Prior to his call to the Ministry, he was a school educator. For quite a lot of years he couldn’t appropriate the need for accepting the Lord’s call to be a full time ministry; after all he believed he had been serving The Lord in the gospel ministry. The call had been persistent on him ever since 1929, but he kept using his profession as an excuse for accepting the call. Nonetheless, when the fullness of time came, he gave himself to voluntary service in the Lord’s vineyard.
In 1937, at Ikire-Ile, he finally surrendered and resigned his teaching appointment. That year the Lord manifested Himself powerfully in David Babajide’s life and he was led to Pastor J. S. B. Odusona at Ibadan from whom he had his ministerial training. Pastor Odusona taught him how to patiently listen to the voice of the Lord before taking a step of faith. The following year, 1938, Prophet D. O. Babajide got married and the marriage was blessed with six children – four males and two females.
Prophet Babajide, nicknamed “the Singing-bird of Jesus,” is widely known for his sweet voice and rich repertoire of gospel choruses and songs. He is an accomplished composer, an accordionist and an evangelist of no mean repute.
He was ordained a Pastor in Christ Apostolic Church in 1949, appointed General Evangelist in 1959 after the demise of Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola. In 1991, Papa was fully persuaded by a faction of the Christ Apostolic Church to retire, although to remain as a Trustee but this position though he refuted but could not resist their moved.
Like the Biblical patriarchs, Prophet D. O. Babajide had his own share of trials. His wife, Mrs. Dorcas Adebambe Babajide, rested in the Lord in 1982 while he, too, suffered from a serious illness which for many months kept him out of circulation.
Prophet Babajide has been greatly used of the Lord to plant many churches without laying claims to any of one of them. The Light of the World Society – a society of energetic praying and preaching youth in the Christ Apostolic Church – was his brainchild. He established the School of Evangelists and Prophets at Ilesha where many ministers occupying responsible positions in CAC today received their training, amongst was the late President and Trustee of the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide; Pastor N. E. Udofia, and the current Deputy General Evangelist of the Christ Apostolic Church Worldwide; Prophet/Evangelist G.A. Oyelami.
Prophet D. O. Babajide was a renowned author and many of his books have been sources of blessings to many people up until date. Papa will be buried on the 21st April 2012.