Reverend Fred Ogunfiditimi

Reverend Fred Ogunfiditimi is pastor of the International House of Prayer for All People, one of several churches in the Washington, D.C. area organized by African immigrants in this country. Like churches started by African Americans who migrated from the Southernmost United States to Washington, D.C. in the 1920s, '30s and '40s, African immigrants organize houses of worship which are branches of churches in their home country. These churches often serve for many in their congregations as the first step in building community in America . In addition to taking care of the spiritual needs of the community, the church also supports its members' families in finding work, shelter, companionship and financial support as they adjust to life in a new land.

The International House of Prayer for All People is part of an independent religious movement, based in Nigeria. Started in Lagos, Nigeria's capital city in the early part of this century, members of the mostly Yoruba- and English-speaking church call themselves "Cherubim and Seraphim"; they are known to others as "Aladura" (the Prayerists.) Worship services and sacred celebrations contain elements of Yoruba language, music, dance, traditional knowledge and Christian belief.

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21 April 1996