National President, The Apostolic Church & Chairman, Lagos, Western and Northern Areas (LAWNA)Territory, The Apostolic Church, Nigeria.
Pastor (Dr.) Gabriel Oladele Olutola, a philanthropist of high repute is at present the Visitor/Chancellor of Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Edo State, the University proudly founded by The Apostolic Church, Lagos, Western and Northern Areas (LAWNA) Territory, Nigeria.
Pastor (Dr) Gabriel Oladele Olutola, JP, was born on April 4, 1933 at Oke-Ibode, Osun State. He attended St. John's Primary School, Oke-Ibode, Atakumosa West Local Government Area of Osun State, Nigeria, between 1948 and 1954.
Pastor Gabriel Olutola underwent private studies for his General Certificate of Education (GCE) 'O' level in 1968. He was at The Apostolic Church International Bible College, Pennygroes, UK, from 1969 to 1970 where he obtained a Higher Diploma in Theology. He became an Apostle in the body of Christ in 1978 and was promoted to the office of the District Apostle at Oke-Igbogi District, Ilesa untill 1980.
Pastor Olutola has served and is still serving in The Apostolic Church at various level, as follows:
-- Secretary, National Advisory Executive Council, June 1980 - Oct. 1981
-- Manager, LAWNA Bible College, Ilesa, Osun State, 1984 - 1994
-- Chairman, Board of Governors of Apostolic Training College, Ilesa, Osun State, 1985 - 1990
-- Became 4th TAC LAWNA Administrative Secretary of The Apostolic Church
-- Mushin Area Superintendent, 1999 - 2006
-- Member, TAC LAWNA Constitution Drafting Committee, 1996 - 1998
-- Secretary, TAC LAWNA Board of Trustees, 1998 - 2009
-- Representative of TAC on the Nigeria Inter-Religion Council (NIREC) from 1999 till date
-- Member, The Apostolic Church Executive Council from 2003 till date
-- Chairman, TAC LAWNA Board of Trustees from 2009 till date
-- Chairman, The Apostolic Church, LAWNA Territory from 2009 till date
-- National President, The Apostolic Church, Nigeria from 2011 till date
-- Representative of TAC on the National Executive Christian Association of Nigeria from 1984 till date
Pastor (Dr.) Gabriel Olutola, also holds Certificate in Theology Leadership from the Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA, and has many honours to his credit. Among these are, Justice of Peace (JP), Osun State (1995), Grand National Patron, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Life Patron, Police/Community Relations Committee, Ilesa.
He was married to Deaconess Dorcas Apeke Olanrewaju Olutola, now of blessed memory, and they are blessed with children and grandchildren.