David Oyedepo is the wealthiest pastor in Nigeria and the world. He is the originator of the Living Faith World Outreach Ministry. As far back as he established this service in 1981; it has developed to end up one of Africa's biggest assemblies. This prosperous minister possesses private streams and homes in the US and the UK.
Pastor is the biblical term indicating the responsibility of taking care of the church, allegorically the "flock of sheep". In Christian communities, pastors are people, designed for public preaching and performing the sacraments.
An interesting fact is that all the richest pastors in Africa are from Nigeria. The rischest pastor in Nigeria and in the world is David Oyedepo.
David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian pastor, writer, architect, the originator of the church Faith Tabernacle in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Living Faith Church Worldwide. Faith Tabernacle is a 50,000 seat church assembly hall, claimed to be the biggest church hall on the planet according to the Guinness Book of Records.
The Winners' Chapel structure is situated in more than 300 urban areas, in all regions of Nigeria, as well as in urban areas of 45 African countries, Dubai, the UK and the USA. Oyedepo has been viewed as one of the pioneers of the Christian movement development in Africa and a standout amongst the most effective evangelists in Nigeria. Forbes Magazine has named him the wealthiest minister in Nigeria in 2011.
Early life and history
David Olaniyi Oyedepo was born in 1954 in Osogbo, Nigeria. He was brought up in a blended religious family. His dad, Ibrahim, was a Muslim. His mom, Dorcas, was a representative of the Eternal Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement. He was brought up by his grandma, who acquainted him with the ethics of Christian life through early morning prayers.
Oyedepo claims that he was born again in 1969, through the impact of his instructor, Betty Lasher, who noticed him through his secondary school days. He studied architecture at the Kwara State Polytechnic University and worked with the Federal Ministry of Housing in Ilorin before turning to evangelist work. Oyedepo got a Ph.D. in Human Development from Honolulu University, Hawaii, the USA.
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Oyedepo says that through a 18-hour vision he has gotten an order from God to free the world from all the evil through proclaiming the expression of faith. This is the inaugural vision that prompted to the establishing of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, initially called Liberation Faith Hour Ministries.
Living Faith Church began in Kaduna. Then it moved to Lagos after Oyedepo asserted to have gotten directions from God to contact the people in Lagos.
Oyedepo is the wealthiest evangelist in Nigeria with a total assets of over $150 million. He possesses four private planes and a few houses around the world, including London and the United States. Oyedepo is a writer and distributer who has composed more than 70 headlines. Oyedepo established Faith Academy and Kingdom Heritage Schools to prepare the young people for worldwide impact.
In 1982, David Oyedepo married Florence Abiola Akano. They have four kids together. Two of them were appointed as Pastors in May 2007 by Kenneth Copeland.
The place of worship
Oyedepo claims that in 1998 he was told by God to create another place for the Commission to take in the expanding number of the church’s followers. This brought to the building the 530 acres of land known as Canaanland. It became the 50,000 seats hall, the 'Confidence Tabernacle', which is presumed to be the biggest church amphitheater in the world. This was an accomplishment recorded by the Guinness Book of Records.
The lessons of Oyedepo has placed him in the classification of what is called the Word of Faith Movement.
His Winners Chapel has a Bible preparing program for individuals alike to share the information of Christian standards and to create pioneers and future ministers. This foundation is keep running in major branches of the church.
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