City Lives – Denise McNamara meets Pastor Larry Ovie of the Faith Christian Fellowship Ministry Pastor Larry Ovie has been at the forefront of a number of tragedies in the African community in recent years, visibly leading his flock in grief.
However locating the leader of the Faith Christian Fellowship Ministry proved quite an onerous task on a rainy, dark Wednesday evening. Hidden among car dealerships, garages, window suppliers and fitters, lies the first African Pentecostal church to be set up in Galway.
The church is on the first floor of a warehouse in the Oldenway Business Park in Ballybrit, which also boasts an office, a community crèche and a studio where Pastor Larry videos his motivational messages. In a modest room with around 40 chairs is the chapel and heartbeat of the church where the faithful gather for services every Sunday. Just how Pastor Larry ended up leading a church born in the early days of the Eglinton Hotel in Salthill, and home to a generation of asylum seekers is a story as colourful as the metaphors he adopts in his four books. Born into a family of 11, his father was in charge of road construction in the Delta State province of Nigeria. Following the Biafran War which saw one millions Nigerians die from famine and fighting, his father left the job and became a farmer. Read More