Can we meet you?
I am Mrs Oluwaseyi Pedro-Adetola.
Can we know your educational background and ministerial studies?
I hailed from Oyan in Odo-Otin Local Government Area of Osun State. I started my primary education at C.A.C primary school Ikirun and continued at Holy Michael High School Ikirun before my parents were transferred to Osogbo. I started my secondary school education at Saint James Secondary Grammar School Osogbo and finished it at School of Science Ikirun. I bagged my first degree in Agronomy (Plant Science) from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso Oyo State and my masters in Plant Genetics from University of Ibadan, Ibadan Oyo State.
I attended Mount Zion Training Institute (MZTI) and TRECOM, one on one trainings with Ben Ope Johnson and Bro Paul Esupofo Oriade.
Why did you choose drama and not any other means of reaching out?
Drama ministry was not chosen but it is a call. The passion and interest was not there right from onset but I was called into drama as a means of evangelism and God has been helping.
Name of ministry and position held?
I am the coordinator of Christ The Rock Media Communication.
When did you join/begin drama ministry?
I started drama in 2002 while in school but the full time ministry started March 2014.
What do you think it takes to be a drama minister?
- You have to be born again and know your God because drama ministry goes beyond acting. People joining drama ministry for perilous things would soon fade out just a matter of time.
- Be called and get invitation from God so that when challenges comes, you have someone to run to.
Can you tell us your experience so far?
It has been so wonderful and another life entirely. It has really helped my faith in God that is the application of faith and depending on God for all. In short there has been no regret.
Have you had unforgettable moments in drama ministry?
People without the understanding of the call has been the major challenge and all to the glory of God, all has been so wonderful.
Can you recall the numbers of work you have done so far (acting, producing, directing, shooting and other applicable ones )?
- As an actor (numerous).
- As a director (not less than 15).
- As a screenplay writer (between 25 and 30).
Your most challenging production and why?
The most challenging production is My Samuel. Right from the script writing, it has been so challenging. The movie took more than two years at the post production stage before it eventually came out.
Can you work in a secular film production and why?
No because God did not call me into anything that will not bring glory to His name. The call was given to me with instructions which must be obeyed and have not been instructed to go secular.
How have you been catering for the financial needs of the ministry?
Honestly, it has been God. The provision has always been divine. But all thanks to God for family members (parents, husband) , friends and people been blessed by our ministrations. There has not been any monetary gain or profit on our productions sold so far.
How do you see to the commitment, contributions of the members to the ministry?
God bless all the members of the ministry, they have been so committed. We are few but mighty. Many wanted to join, they were screened. Many joined and quitted while many joined for money and fame but they were disappointed. The remaining few ones understands the reasons and purpose. The commitment has been so wonderful in terms of availability, zeal, the passion and many more.
When God gives you an assignment, don’t be afraid and discouraged on how to go about it, just move and you will see God making every crooked ways straight.Evangelist Opeyemi Akintunde.
How have you been encouraging the non-committed members?
We don’t bother running after members. It might be probably because we cannot offer them what they want and it might be because of our spiritual drillings. We believe in your maturity in God and that no one is forced to join the ministry. To us you been a real and matured child of God, we do not need to give out rules and regulations so far you have you bible with you. Anything done without scriptural backing is forbidden. We all know this and we adhere to it. The bible is the standard and anything outside is not allowed.
How do you balance the ministry and family, ministry and career, ministry and your walk with God?
To all unmarried sisters, before marriage, know your God and you purpose in life. Knowing your purpose in life and you build an intimate relationship with your God, He would guide you and lead you to a partner that will support your vision.
My husband and I have settled this before marriage, the vision was clearly stated and we prayerfully agreed with it together. My husband scolds me while I am slacking. The support has been there because we are into it together.
Am a full time minister. The secular job is on hold so I have full attention on the assignment (ministry).
I’m a minister in my church, I have leaders over me. I discuss everything with my leaders and they all understand. They have been so supportive.
What should be expected from you soon?
The world is changing and upgrading but in the Lord. Technically, spiritually, we are not stagnant. We are still growing and to God’s glory, it must reflect in our next production. So we are telling the whole world to be expecting something better from us.
What should upcoming drama ministers expect from drama ministry?
Coming into drama ministry to make money, fame you are wrong because God will judge your intention. But when you do it wholeheartedly, God knows how to bless you in return. God owes no man.
Come into drama ministry because you love God and you want to serve God. Give Him your totality because He knows how to reward you. Keep on doing the right thing with the right motive for the Lord.
What are the mistakes you have made in the past you would have loved to correct?
Graduating from the university, I got married and got a good job. Drama ministry went on hold so that I would have time for myself, family. I relaxed and forgot about the assignment. I was enjoying my home, career and all other things until God in His infinite mercy called my attention back to the work. I had a long break between 2002 and 2014 when I got a message that revived me again. When I started, I discovered so many things about my life had been on hold because I didn’t do the needful but when I obeyed, God restored me. Don’t be too comfortable brethren to forget about God’s call, your vision and dream.
Who is your role model/mentor in the ministry?
In drama ministry, I have three major fathers. I call them trinity. They are:
- Daddy Mike Bamiloye.
- Daddy David Kola Okeowo.
- Daddy Kayode Oyebode.
God used the three of them to bring me up to the stage I am today to the glory of God.
I have two great mothers in the ministry. They are my mentors.
- Mummy Gloria Bamiloye
Mummy Funmi Okeowo
Is there anything you wish to correct about drama ministry as a whole?
- Doing away with mediocrity. Be ready for a change.
- Let us stop producing films for ourselves.
- Let us stop wasting God’s messages.
In conclusion when God gives you an assignment, don’t be afraid and discouraged on how to go about it, just move and you will see God making every crooked ways straight.