Televangelist pastor Ezekiel Odero has for the past few day been the talk of the town. This is was after he was arrested by police officers, following his linking to the controversial pastor Mackenzie of Shakahola deaths.
Pastor Ezekiel was accused of aiding death and secretly burying the victims. The preacher was arrested on Thursday 28th and put into police custody.
So, who is Pastor Ezekiel Odero?
He is the founder of NewLife Church in Mavueni Mombasa. He has large following, with his followers believing that he is a true man of God, going by the number of miracles he has been performing.
Pastor Ezekiel is currently in his mid forties.He was born in Homabay County but currently based in coastal region of Kenya, Kilifi County.
The evangelist began his career in Kisumu County as a fisherman but later moved to Mombasa County as a mason where he also studied. He is alumnus of Technical University of Mombasa formerly known as Mombasa polytechnic.
Pastor Ezekiel Odero ministerial work
Pastor Ezekiel draws his inspiration from Pastor Pius Muiru of Maximum Miracle Centre, Nairobi. On several occasions, pastor Ezekiel has been seen having a service together with Pius.
The church also attracts several politicians, including Kenya’s Deputy President’s wife Dorcas Rigathi.
He began as an instrumentalist in Pastor Awour’s Holiness and Repentance ministry. He used to play Piano and Violin.In one of the service, Pastor Ezekiel opened up that he was once a serious fornicator.
Just like pastor Awour, he is very strict about ladies’ dressing.
Pastor Ezekiel Church
Pastor Ezekiel moved his church from Shanzu, Mombasa to Mavueni in Kilifi County. The move was drue to tremendous growth of the congregation, thus need for a larger space.
At his new church compound, he has built hotels, international schools and many other amenities.
In his church, he sells holy water to followers and people from all walk of life.The water is believed to posses healing power among many other goodies..
Pastor Ezekiel Odero’s Wife
Pastor Ezekiel’s first love died several years ago, leaving behind a son, though they were not legally married.He is currently married to Sarah, despite resistance from the family members on the ground that she is not educated.The two have been married for more than 14 years now and have children.
One of the things that frustrated Ezekiel’s family members is because Sarah could not utter a single word in English.
Pastor Ezekiel is believed to be one of the richest pastors in Kenya though he rarely speaks about his wealth. He spends most of the wealth building his church.
Upon completion, rumours has that the church may be one of the largest church in East Africa. He owns several multi-million a cars.