January 27, 1944: Most Reverend Peter Jasper Akinola, former Anglican Primate of the Church of Nigeria is born. Reverend Akinola was born to a Yoruba family in Abeokuta, Ogun State in Southwest Nigeria. He lost his father at the tender age of 4 and had to drop out of school to learn carpentry. He successful built a furniture business at the age of 20 while completing his secondary school education via distance learning. He went ahead with his priesthood journey by attending the Nigerian Anglican Seminary and was ordained a priest in 1979. He was consecrated Bishop in 1986 and enthroned as the first Bishop of Abuja ten days later. In 2000, he was elected Primate of the Church of Nigeria, the second biggest Church in the Anglican Communion, numbering over 18 million members. He also at a point, served as the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the largest body of the Christian community in Nigeria. In 2006, he appeared in the TIME magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people in the category of leaders and revolutionaries.
January 27, 1797: Edward Mote, the author of the popular hymn “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less than Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness” is born in London.
January 27, 1860: Reuben “Bud” Robinson, popularly known as the Stuttering Evangelist is born. On becoming a Christian, Bud Robinson could not read as he had no formal education and struggled to pronounce his name clearled. He stuttered so badly that men howled with laughter to hear him attempt to witness yet he converted over 300 persons in his first year of preaching. God eventually transformed him into a notable evangelist, writer, and soul-winner.
January 27, 398: John Chrysostom, the greatest preacher of his age, is consecrated bishop of Constantinople