Very Revd. Dr. Peter Rotimi Oludipe, aged 45 years, was born in Iwaya Ijebu to loving, kind, humble Papa and Mama D. A. Ogundipe as a second child of the family. Papa D.A. Ogundipe was a Catechist for over 30 years before retiring from active service. He had his primary education at St. Andrew’s Primary School, Imuwen and obtained his West African School Certificate from the famous Isonyin Grammar School which he attended between 1976 and 1981. He became an auxiliary teacher in St. Peter’s (Ang.) Church, Area J4 between 1981 1983 from where he proceeded to Adeola Odutola Campus of Ogun State School of Basic Studies, Ijebu Ode, from 1983 -1985 for his Higher School Certificate (HSC). The period marked a turning point in his life.
His religious interest became manifest at this time and his activities led to his election as the President of the Christian Fellowship on campus. He later sensed the call of God upon his life to join the Church Ministry within the Anglican Communion. Notwithstanding his initial inclination to science subjects, the urge for a career in the church grew stronger and stronger by the day. He sought and obtained counsel, guidance and prayers from church elders, particularly from Venerable E.B. Abiala. After the completion of his HSC, he was admitted into Immanuel College of Theology, Ibadan from 1986 to 1989. There he distinguished himself as a humble, hardworking, intelligent, and resourceful student. His distinctive performance won him a prize as the best student in Pastoral Counseling on his graduation at Immanuel College. He later attended the University of Ibadan where he obtained his first academic degree in Religious Studies as also a postgraduate Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling and Doctorate (PhD) in Counseling Psychology.
Upon the completion of his first degree in Religious Studies, he was posted to Ibadan Diocese and became a Deacon on 30 June 1991 at St. Paul’s Church, Gbogan, (Now of a Cathedral status) by the Rt. Rev. G.I.O. Olajide, the the Bishop of Ibadan Diocese. He was ordained a priest on 5th July, 1992 at the Cathedral Church of St. James’ Oke Bola, Ibadan. From March 1993, he served as the pioneer Vicar of Jesus Christ Ambassadors’ Evangelical (Ang.) Church, Yemetu Ibadan for five years and thereafter served on the team of the Rt. Rev. Dr. G.L. Lasebikan who was then the Provost of the Cathedral Church of St. James’ Oke Bola.
In 1998, he was posted to serve God in a higher capacity at Christ Church Mapo, Ibadan. On 14 March 1999, he was inducted as Vicar, Christ Church Mapo, Ibadan and was also collated Archdeacon of Mapo Archdeaconry, a position he held until his present appointment as Provost of Cathedral Church of Our Saviour, Italowajoda, Ijasi, Ijebu-Ode. His ministry among the indigenes of Ibadan spanned a period of over twelve years and was without any significant rancor or crisis. Over the period, he distinguished himself as a transparently honest manager of men and resources, an astute theologian, and a dependable priest. The change in his name from Ogundipe to Oludipe was a matter of time and deep religious persuasion. It is now a fact of history. He has attended several conferences at home and abroad, many of which were organized by Christ Church College of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Ven. P.R. Oludipe is a very friendly and devoted Christian who relates very well with all and sundry. Little wonder his colleagues at the Immanuel College of Theology nick-named him “P.R.O.” not only as an acronym of ‘Peter Rotimi Oludipe’ but also as an indicator of his affability.
Very Rev. Peter Rotimi Oludipe is married to an amiable and humble heartthrob, Dr. Mrs. Bimbola Oludipe, a princess from the royal dynasty of Bamgbelu of Owu Ijebu. She lectures at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye. Until the appointment of her husband as Provost, she was the presiding officer of the Women’s Organizations, Mapo Archdeaconry, and the coordinator of Ibadan Province Mothers’ Union Action and Outreach unit wherte she also served as the editor-in-chief of Ibadan Provincial Women’s Organizations’ Magazine. She is a very hardworking and dedicated Christian who enjoyed a good working relationship with the President of the Women’s Organizations of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ibadan, Mrs. Comfort Akinfenwa, other Bishops’ wives and many other women within the Province.
His parents Papa and Mama Ogundipe are alive and well and are still active members of St. Michael (Ang.) Church, Iwaya in Ijebu East Archdeaconry.