Pastor Agu Irukwu, who was among the officiating ministers at the funeral of Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, is presently trending online for being the only black pastor to officiate at the queen’s burial which took place on Monday September 19.
Pastor Irukwu, a former Chairman of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the United Kingdom, still maintains his pastoral role in the RCCG as the Senior Pastor of Jesus House, United Kingdom, and is one of the eight pastors representing the churches of England at the event. Irukwu stepped down as the chairman of UK RCCG in April 2021. He also ceased from being the Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Executive Council of the RCCG in the UK and the Deputy Continental Overseer of the church in Europe.
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He told the RCCG that stepping down from the position was personal. He said he would maintain his pastoral role at the Jesus House as the Senior Pastor. His being an officiating pastor at the Queen’s burial is not unexpected. The website of the church informed that Agu Irukwu was conferred with the inaugural Alphege Award for Evangelism and Witness by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd and Rt Hon Justin Welby, at Lambeth Palace in 2016.
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The award was after St. Alphege, the Archbishop of Canterbury, from 1006 to 1012. The Archbishop was reputed for his simplicity, wise and holy counsel, and care for the poor. Pastor Irukwu was also elected Churches Together in England (CTE) Pentecostal President in 2017, making him one of six CTE Presidents. Recall Queen Elizabeth died on the 8th of September and many still mourn her.
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