Pastor Peter Olatunde Onimisi Opata was a minister of God, a husband, a father, a teacher and several other things to the different people he had in his life and with whom he interacted. His heartfelt burning desire was to live a life that’s pleasing to God and to serve humanity. He was born to Mr. and Mrs. Sunday Opata on 24 February 1960 in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria and was the fourth born out of a family with six children. Peter obtained an MSc. Degree in Animal Science from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He was married to Olukemi Opata and their union blessed with two wonderful children: Emmanuel (a.k.a. Bishop) and Ebunoluwa.
He had a very lovable demeanor and was truly a gentle man, a peace maker, a loving father, a kind uncle/brother and a friend to all who came across him. People who knew him, knew that he was the epitome of humility who had service and servanthood woven into every fiber of his being. In addition to all these, he was a General for God as well as a warrior for Jesus Christ.
Peter was a teenager when he started serving others in different capacities. He held various leadership positions, even as a young Christian. His zeal for the cause of Christ was contagious. Having laid his hands on the plow of service, he never looked back. He truly left behind a legacy of service.
Everyone who knew him felt his passion for prayers. He was known for ‘bringing down the heavens’, when he prayed. His passion for prayers made him start a ‘praying for Jackson’ initiative. This brought people from different denominational backgrounds together once a month, to pray for Jackson, the State of Mississippi and the United States of America. In addition to this, he had the opportunity of praying for people from different walks of life, such as those in the Police Force as well as those in Government. He initiated monthly prayer meetings in the Governor’s office. He was also a member of groups such as the Triumphant Reserve, MSGPA (MS Governmental Power Alliance), and SPAN (MS Strategic Prayer Action Network).
He was a loving and very hardworking husband and father.
Can it be that our husband, uncle, brother and friend Pastor Olatunde has gone? Even though you have taken your bow and gone, you still live in our hearts and in the hearts of several others in whose lives you have left an indelible mark. Sleep on then, Pastor Peter Olatunde Onimisi Opata. You have fought the good fight as a staunch Christian, you have finished the race your maker set before you and now an overcomer’s Crown awaits you. Adieu the ever-smiling Pastor.
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