Omawumi Michael Efueye, fondly known as Pastor ‘O,’ first answered an altar call on Sunday December 21st 1986, his first wedding anniversary. It would take another six months before he would surrender his life to Christ at a revival meeting to which he was invited. From this point. It was clear to him and all around him that he had found what he had been looking for all his life, his calling. He became consumed with the things of God and began to devour Biblical spiritual fare with a voracious and seemingly insatiable appetite.
From the charismatic New Estate Baptist Church in Lagos, where he began his Christian walk, he moved to World Missions Outreach (WORMOUT). There he was one of the foundation members and served in many capacities ranging from usher, to Sunday school teacher to deacon. When WORMOUT metamorphosed into Glory Christian Centre, he would later be ordained into the office of a Pastor and would serve as the Assistant to the senior and founding Pastor. For eighteen months between 1994 and 1995, he took a sabbatical from ministry, the pressures of which were having a negative effect on his personal life and home. In that time, he sat under the ministry of Pastor Tony Rapu and his then assistant pastor, Pastor Agu Irukani in the burgeoning and very influential Freedom Hall, Apapa Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. In the latter part of 1994, he joined as one of the foundation members, of the prayer meetings being conducted by Pastor Paul Adeolu Adefarasin. These meetings were the prelude to the birth of House on the Rock (HOTR) in December 1994.
Pastor O served in the fledgling, mushrooming head quarters branch of HOTR till August 1995 when he was the first ordained minister in the Rock Foundation, the umbrella ministry body of HOTR. Again he served in many capacities till he was made the Assistant to the senior pastor.
In June 1996, he accepted the call into fulltime ministry and was commissioned by the Church to pioneer its first parish outside the African continent, to be known as the London Lighthouse.
In an ironic reversal of the trend of the 18th and 19th Centuries, he became a missionary from his home country of Nigeria to his birth country of the United Kingdom. With no infrastructure on ground and only a handful of people who believed in the vision, Pastor O moved his family over to England and set about fulfilling the task on hand.
The London Lighthouse grew in stature, strength, numbers and influence, with membership of about one thousand people and an average weekly attendance of about five-fifty God-loving congregants. After a nomadic wilderness style existence which saw the Church using over thirty different venues scattered across the metroplex in about 2002 the Church finally found a “cathedralesque” church to buy as its permanent venue. A seven-year battle followed which involved being “gazumped”; squatters occupying the property for about eighteen months, banks refusing to finance the project etc. Finally, in October 2009, HOTR the London Lighthouse moved into its own facilities now aptly named Rock Tower. The masterful blend of the modern and the traditional in an aesthetic, sympathetic fashion has made HOTR’s Rock Tower not just one of Islington Borough’s landmarks but a must-see for tourists to the City of London. In October 2012 P-astor O resigned from The House on the Rock and his pastoral role at the London Lighthouse Parish.
Pastor O is a pastor at heart and has the natural compassion, unction calling and anointing of a father. His hatred of error and inquisitive agile mind underscores his uncompromising addiction to teaching the Word of God. He believes the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ without hypocrisy or dissimulation will make God’s power freely available to the lost and needy in these trying times. His undying passion is that God’s people should behold God’s glory through the undiluted ministry of His word, and that as they do; they in turn become transformed to that-same image. Integrity and humility epitomise his personal and ministry life.
He has been married to his wife Carol for over twenty-five years and they are blessed with two children.