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“Ministry has Never Been My Financial Source”

“I am an entrepreneur 

The current business ventures I am personally involved in include:

Real Estate


Catering / Baking 

Branding / Graphic Arts / Printing

Book / Speech writing

Public Speaking 

Administrative Coaching

Social Media Coaching 

Brand Ambassador 


In the Idahosa and Whetstone family, we work for our money. A strong work ethic is probably the main reason why we don’t spend money carelessly. I thank God for parents who taught me the value of money and how to manage / create it early on.


My first job was as a janitor and my second was as a waitress, all while I was still in high school. I have never had a time since my adolescent life when I didn’t work, depending on others for income.


Most people know me as a Pastor, but… ministry has never been my financial source, nor will it be. Ministry is for the furtherance of the Gospel and for reaching needs in the community.


Next time your Pastor talks about a business venture that he/she or their spouse wants to go into, ENCOURAGE THEM! When they are financially successful, it removes a massive burden from the church.”


Rev. Mrs. Laurie Whetstone- Idahosa was born in Wilmington, Delaware, USA in a Pastors home. 

 She is a gifted event manager, real estate investor and has owned several successful businesses. She speaks also speaks Spanish and Pidgin. Since 2003, Rev. Laurie has worked as a Director and member of Executive Management in Benson Idahosa University.

Along with her husband, she founded “Big Ben Children’s Hospital” Benin City in 2008 and in 2013, she pioneered a thriving nursery and elementary school, Nathan American Academy (Benin City).She is an executive member of Christian Women Fellowship Int’l. (CWFI) is also an active board member of the Faith Mediplex Hospital (Benin City) and serves as the Senior Pastor of Church of God Mission, Church Unusual (Benin City). 

 She is the author of a life-transforming blog found at laurieidahosa.com and has contributed articles to numerous publications. She has authored a book titled “Every Woman’s Journey,” published in 2014.

She married Bishop F.E. Benson Idahosa in 2002. They have three sons. FEB ( Faith Emmanuel Benson) as he’s popularly called is the son of the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa, founder of Church of God Mission and the Pioneer and Ambassador of the Apostolic Christian Faith to the world.

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