As a child growing up in Nigeria, Samuel Odubena suffered from severe and unexplained hand and arm pain for seven years. Finally the doctors decided amputation was the best way to prevent serious complications. On amputation day, the doctor couldn’t get the necessary signature to proceed because the prescribing doctor was sick with a headache.
“God saved me because who else could have prevented a doctor from coming to work?” Samuel said.
Three years later, at a Scripture Union camp for students, the speaker gave an altar call for anyone needing healing. Samuel went forward, and a woman prayed for him, saying, “By the stripes of Jesus, you are healed.” Miraculously, his hand was healed.
“I experienced the reality of God’s love while I was still a sinner, “ Samuel said. “This is why I believe that grace is amazing because it is not a respecter of age, ethnicity, religious, economic or cultural status.”
At that time, Samuel didn’t know he was called to be a pastor, but in 1989, he accepted Christ. In 1992, God called Samuel to be a priest in the Anglican Church, but Samuel wanted to study law.
“God told me that he had called me to be a lawyer for his people in a spiritual way through intercession, prayer and preaching the word,” Samuel said.
Samuel was ordered deacon in 1996 and rose through the ranks of priest, canon, and venerable archdeacon. He was a key figure in the outbreak of revival in Akure diocese and Ondo ecclesiastical province. Later, he was appointed vicar of St. Andrews Anglican Church, Akure, and simultaneously appointed to serve as chaplain for the Ondo State Chapel of Grace Government House Grounds.