About Our Church

Citadel of Hope is a Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). The church was birthed on February 17, 2019. The church was planted with a focus that people will come to his presence and experience God’s hope. The hope that starts from propagating the gospel,-the good news—of God’s plan and His coming Kingdom. We believe that the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ opened the door to genuine hope through which we can have a purposeful life now, and abundant and glorious life for eternity! Hebrews 6:19 says But with Him there is a solid hope that can serve as “an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast” Without God, we cannot experience true hope. We humbly welcome you to be a partaker of the real hope and become part of this family irrespective of your color, race, age or background; when you come through this door, you are family Contact UsGive

Our Mission & Vision

Our Vision 

We are a people of hope, inspiring, empowering and transforming lives through the truth in God’s word – Hope – Life- Truth.


Mission Statement: Our mission is anchored on Matthew 28:19 “To make disciples of all nations”. We are dedicated to guiding people to find and follow Jesus. Through this undertaking, we believe that as many that will come to His Citadel will find HOPE:
Harnessing the power of the Holy Spirit to propagate the gospel to all nations.
Opportunity for everyone to achieve their divine purpose in life.
Persevering in hope through prayer and pushing until will receive answers.
Encouraging people to believe that no matter what they are going through, their hope is secured in Christ Jesus the Hope of Glory.

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We believe that the Bible is “God’s Word”. The truths revealed in it did not have their origin with men, but with God. The Holy Spirit inspired the human authors of the Bible. We therefore believe that the bible is without error, completely true, relevant and an up-to-date book. We receive the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament as eternal, authoritative, coherent, complete and all sufficient, and the only infallible rule of faith. Its message is intended primarily for the human race. It is expressed in words and in terms, which human beings can understand. It’s central theme and purpose is the salvation of man. Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 12:6, Matthew 24:35, Psalm 119:160. 


We believe in the Divine Trinity. One Triune God exists in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – eternal in being, identical in nature, equal in power and glory and having the same attributes and perfections – Matthew 3:16-17, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 9:14, 1 Peter 1:2, 1 John 5:7

Jesus Christ

Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He came to the world purposely to save sinners according to the scriptures. He has existed throughout eternity, one of the persons of the Holy Trinity. He is the Son, the only begotten Son of God and the beloved of God. His coming to the world had been foretold before He ever came in the flesh to die for us. He was born by Virgin Mary, conceived of the Holy Spirit, without sin. He lived a perfect life, preached the gospel of the kingdom of God, performed miracles, healed the sick and raised the dead. He voluntarily surrendered his life to his enemies to be crucified. He then resurrected, and ascended to heaven to become our high priest. Jesus Christ will return to establish the kingdom of God on earth, and rule as King of Kings and Lord of Lords with His saints forever – Matthew 17:15-17, John 1:1-14, Acts 2:32-33, Hebrews 4:14-15, Revelation 1:13:16

Fall of Man

Man (Adam) was created in the image of God before whom he walked in innocence, holiness, and purity, but by voluntary disobedience and transgression, he fell from the glory of God to the depths of sin. The consequence of this is that all mankind became sinners by nature having been born after the fallen image of Adam. In his fallen state man is incapable of pleasing God or having any relationship with Him. Every man is totally inclined to evil, guilt and without excuse, deserving the condemnation and judgment of a just and Holy God – Genesis 1:26-31, Genesis 2:7, Psalm 139:14, Col. 1:16, Psalm 51:5


Sin is an inward spiritual attitude of rebellion towards God, which is expressed in outward acts of disobedience. Man in his fallen state cannot approach God or save himself and therefore needs a savior. Jesus Christ came to save us from our sins. Himself without sin, He took our sins upon Him, died in our place, and rose again from the dead, that we might be forgiven and receive eternal life. The word salvation in the Greek means “soteria” which is translated “saving” or “deliverance” and preservation from destruction and judgment. To appropriate salvation, we must acknowledge our sins and repent from them; we must believe that Christ died for us, and rose again; we must receive the risen Christ as our personal Savior, and we must publicly confess Him as our Lord – Hebrews 9:29, Romans 3:10, 23, Acts 3:19, Romans 10:8-13, Jude 3:24


The word sanctification in the Greek language is “hagiasmos” meaning (1) to be apart from sin (2) consecrated unto God, to be conformed to His holiness, purity, and perfection of character. The scripture teaches that “sanctified” is what the believer is [not a process, but a state, which the believer has already entered into once and for all. Acts 20:32; Romans 15:16; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 10:10-14; Ephesians 5:25-26; 1 Peter 1:2; Acts 26:18], and “perfect” is what he is expected to be. Perfection is a spiritual growth for those who have been sanctified and consecrated. Therefore it is the total yielding of one’s life to the Holy Spirit, living the crucified life; being an overcomer; and being conformed to the image of Christ Himself. Perfection and true holiness are impossible without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. All attempts at achieving perfection without the Holy Spirit generally results in frustration and failure, inasmuch as “flesh” cannot crucify flesh – 1 Peter 2:21-22, 1 Peter 1:15, John 3:8-9, Corinthians 10:13, Matthew 5:48

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The baptism in the Holy Ghost is a supernatural endowment with power from heaven to equip the Christian for effective witness and service. The initial evidence of Holy Spirit Baptism is speaking in unknown tongue as the spirit give utterance. The unknown tongue is a prayer language given to the believer, understood by God but unknown to man. It enables the Christian to build up his own spiritual life by direct and continual communion with God, and is the gateway into a life in which both the gifts and fruits of the Holy Ghost should be manifested. In the New Testament church, this experience was considered normal for all believers – Joel 2:28, Luke 3:16, Acts 2:38-39, Acts 19:2, Mark 16:17

Divine Healing

Sickness is a direct consequence of the fall of man and his continuance in sin. Redemption not only dealt with sin but also its consequences, which includes sickness and diseases. Christ died on the cross; bore not only our sins, but also our sicknesses. Healing for our bodies from God comes to us through appropriation of the finished work of Christ on the cross of Calvary by faith in the word of God and manifestation of the gift of healing. Not only believers receive healing for our bodies, but also we may minister healing and deliverance to others in the name of Jesus. This can be accomplished by laying on of hands, praying for others in absentia and by getting bible believing church elders to anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord Luke 13:11,16, 2 Corinthians 1:19-20, 1 John 3:8, Mark 16:17-18

The Rapture of the Church

The rapture describes an event in the future when Jesus Christ will in the twinkling of an eye, change all believers (living and dead) to immortal, giving them a resurrected body, and catching them up to meet the Lord in the air. The word rapture simply means sudden snatching out of this world of the believers. The actual word used in the bible is “caught up”. This event marks the beginning of the seven years reign of Antichrist – 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18, 1 Corinthians 15:23, 51-58, Phil 3:2-21, 1 John 3:1-3, Luke 21:31-35

The Great Tribulation

This is a seven-year span of future world history of the reign of antichrist following immediately after the rapture: It will be the darkest time the world has ever known. It is “the day of vengeance of our Lord.” Man’s cup of iniquity is filled to overflowing, and God brings judgment upon the earth for man’s rejection of His son. During this period, the people of Israel will turn to Christ, when they will be reconciled to God through Him whom they rejected and whom they asked Pilate to crucify.

The Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ

The millennial age is period of one thousand years, in which the purpose of God is fully realized on the earth. It will be a time of theocratic kingdom. This period will come after the seven years reign of antichrist. After the Lord Jesus Christ has descended from heaven to earth and destroyed his enemies at the battle of Armageddon, He will set up His holy government which is going to be worldwide. It will be a time of peace, joy, holiness, glory, comfort, justice, full knowledge, the removal of curse and sickness. Isaiah 11:1-10, Isaiah 35:1-10, Zechariah 9:9-10, Zechariah 14:16-17, Revelation 20:1-15, Daniel 9:24-27, Isaiah 61:2, Revelation 19, 1 Thessalonians 1:10, Revelation 3:10

Judgement Seat of Christ

The judgment seat of Christ is the judgment of believers. It is not a judgment of condemnation but a judgment of reward where believers will be rewarded according to our faithfulness in our service to God, quality of our Christian walk and the use of our God-given gifts and talents Romans 14:10, II Corinthians 5: 10, I Peter 4: 17

The Eternal Heaven

The present earth that is so marred and cursed by Satan’s evil will pass away after the Great White Throne Judgment. After the dissolution of the present (atmospheric) heaven and earth at the end of the one thousand years (the millennium), God will create a new heaven and a new earth better than anything this world has ever known. The new earth will be the Christian heaven. It is the glorious eternal home of born-again believers – Matthew 24:35, Revelation 21:1-5, John 14:1-3, Revelation 22:1-5, 2 Peter 3:10

Eternal Lake of Fire (Hell)

The lake of fire (commonly called hell) is the final abode of Satan and those sinners who reject Jesus as their Lord and savior. Hell is the place of eternal torment for the devil, his angels and all those who reject Christ as the savior – Revelations 19: 7, Luke 16:19-31, Revelations 20:10,15, Matthew 25:33-34, John 14:1-3, Rev 7:15-17

Water Baptism

Believing in Christ produces an inward change in our heart; baptism in water is an outward act of obedience, by which we testify of the change that has taken place in our hearts. By this act, we make ourselves one with Christ in His burial and in His resurrection; we are separated from the old life of sin and defeat; we come out of the water to lead a new life of righteousness and victory, made possible by God’s power in us – Mark 16:16, Matt 28:19-20, Acts 2:38-41, Acts 8:37-39, Romans 6:4


Restitution is the act of restoring anything to it’s rightful owner; act of giving an equivalent for loss or damage. Restitution makes a person pay back just debts, restore stolen or misappropriated articles, uncover his crimes and confess his lies. This is to be done whether the person injured knew it or not – God knows – Genesis 20:1-18, Genesis 32:9-32, Luke 19:8-10, Philemon 7:21, Acts 24:16

Note: Restitution that would implicate others or bring injury or harm to others, needs care and God’s wisdom.
In such cases, it is necessary to seek counseling from a faithful, experienced, competent, matured Christian teacher and preacher (who, of course, believes and teaches “the whole counsel of God”).

The Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements – bread and the fruit of the vine is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a memorial of His suffering, death and a prophecy of His second coming. Jesus Christ commanded the church to do it in His remembrance. The bible record also shows the early church took this commandment seriously – Luke 22: 14-19, Acts 2: 42, 46, 2 Peter 1:4, 1 Corinthians 11:26

Who We Are

Leadership Team

Pastor Wuraola Ajayi holds Bachelor Degree in Computer Science and Accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration with specialization in organizational behaviors. She is a Certified Information System Auditor and Project Management Professional.
She has been a member of RCCG for about 25 years and had served in different departments and was also involved in the birthing of a new parish in Nigeria before relocating to the United States. She was a Sunday school teacher, a member of prayer ministry and she led Welfare and Directorate of Workers Ministry at Grace Tabernacle under the Leadership of Pastor Ibukun Williams until they were sent to birth a new Church, Throne of Grace. She joined Jesus House Chicago after relocating to the United States and served in the various department that includes Sunday school, prayer, hospitality, and the press. Until she received the call with her husband to start the Citadel of hope Parish, She has served at Schaumburg Community Church as a Minister where she oversees the press, home fellowship and prayer ministry. She also served in the Children Ministry. She was ordained as a deaconess in the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 2015.
Wuraola is a natural leader and counselor who loves to make a difference in people’s lives, she has unequivocal passion for prayer and strongly believes in fairness, integrity, transparency, and accountability.
Wuraola is married to Dr. Solomon Ajayi for over 22 years, and they are blessed with beautiful children and grandchildren.

Our Pastors: Dr. Solomon & Deaconess Wuraola Ajayi

Our Pastors: Dr. Solomon & Deaconess Wuraola Ajayi

Pastor Dr. Solomon Ajayi holds a doctoral degree (DBA) in Business Administration. He got born again and joined the RCCG Apapa Parish in 1992. He enrolled with the Calvary Academy in his pursuit to learn more about his new faith. He signed up as a volunteer in prayer until he was posted to Grace Tabernacle where he served as a minister overseeing Holy Police and taught the Baptismal class. He was sent along with three families to birth a new parish of the church where he was assisting the pastor. He relocated to the US and immediately joined Jesus house Chicago and served in the Ushering, Sunday school, and Prayer. He also led the Daniels connection group that ministered to people ages 50 to 70 in the church. Solomon was ordained as a Deacon in the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 2008. He later moved to another parish of the church – Schambaugh Community Church where he oversees the Prime timer (elderly group). He served in the Sunday school, membership department and he was also a member of the board of trustee of the church.
Solomon receives the call along with his wife to birth Citadel of Hope in November 2018 and together with his wife will be leading this call. He is a revered and well-respected elder in the Ministry because of his dedication and passion for serving.
Dr. Solomon also holds Post graduate degree in Theology from Redeemed Bible College in 1997. He has been married to his beautiful wife Wuraola for over 22years and they are blessed with beautiful children and grandchildren.