Enoch Adejare Adeboye is a renowned Nigerian pastor, educator, author, and most especially the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God all over the world. He has a name that almost every Nigerian identifies with, his humble, easy-going, and soft-spoken attitude make him one of the most respected clergymen in Nigeria. Without mincing words, he is regarded as one of the most influential and highly respected religious figures in the world. He succeeded Pa Akindayomi as the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God whose headquarters is at Redemption Camp, Ogun State.
Aside from being a man of God, Adeboye was famous for being a lecturer at the University of Lagos, Akoka before becoming born again prior to going into full-time ministry.
Pastor Adeboye Biography
Enoch Adeboye was born on the 2nd of March, 1942 in Ifewara, Osun state. His father was a peasant farmer who did not believe in educating any of his children, probably due to the fact that the family was so poor that they could not afford to pay the school fees. Enoch was so determined about receiving a formal education and had to go on a hunger strike in a bid to persuade his father when his requests to be sent to school were dismissed by him.
After convincing his dad to send him to school, his father had to sell his goat to pay for his son’s tuition fees. Enoch started school quite late and was enrolled at the only missionary school in their village. His passion for reading increased greatly with time. In 1956, Enoch proceeded to Ilesa Grammar School, Ilesha, Osun State, Western Nigeria where he discovered his passion for science and mathematics. The Civil War that broke out in Nigeria that year threatened his dire passion to pursue higher education due to the precarious financial situation of his family as of then. Despite this, he decided not to relent in chasing his dreams, Enoch went on to obtain a Bachelor’s (BSc.) degree in Mathematics from the University of Nigeria, Nnsukka, Nigeria in 1967 after which he proceeded to the University of Lagos to further his education where he obtained both a Masters (MSc.) Degree in Hydrodynamics and a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Applied Mathematics, in 1969 and 1975 respectively.
Before launching into ministry, Enoch Adeboye was a lecturer. With the dream of becoming a Vice-Chancellor, Adeboye gave his all to what he did as a lecturer and was always willing to impart knowledge to his ever-ready students who were always looking forward to his lectures. He was a lecturer of mathematics at the University of Lagos and the University of Ilorin.
After giving his life to Christ on 29th July 1973, Enoch joined the Redeemed Christian Church of God where he served as an interpreter to Pastor Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, the founder of the church who could only preach in the Yoruba Language. He was later ordained a pastor in 1977. In 1987, Enoch Adeboye was ordained as the General Overseer of the church following the death of the founder, Pastor Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi. He is also the current national president of RCF (an interdenominational fellowship in all the campuses in Nigeria) which is under the Christ the Redeemer’s Ministry (CRM) which is also founded by him.
He had to juggle being the new General Overseer of the church with his part-time lecturing job in Unilorin for three years but he eventually had to quit the job to become a full-time pastor. He has attained many great heights and brought about tremendous growth to the church since he became the General Overseer of the church. One of which was purchasing a massive piece of land on Lagos Ibadan expressway which is today known as Redemption Camp, where the Holy Ghost Congress and the Annual Convention of the church is being held annually. This he did, based on the instruction he received from God who promised to give him a nation.
According to existing records, the first RCCG Holy Ghost congress held at Lekki-Lagos was attended by over 7 million people in 1998 from different nations of the world. The annual congress was eventually moved permanently to the Redemption Camp in 1999.it is noteworthy that the Redeemed Christian Church of God has several branches all over the world in more than200 nations of the world. Pastor Adeboye once stated that his vision is to plant a Redeemed Church within five minutes walking distance in developing cities and five minutes driving distance in developed cities. He is indeed a man of vision being a mentor and spiritual father to Presidents, heads of States and renowned leaders, and millions of people all over the world.
ENOCH ADEBOYE BOOKS
Aside from being a man of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye is a seasoned author who has written a lot of inspirational books which have blessed many souls. These include;
- God has a purpose for your life
- The Overflowing Christian
- The Swimming Axe-Head
- Anatomy of Greatness
- The Gate of Mercy
- Practical Guides for prosperity (Vol 1-4)
- Carriers of His power
- The tale of the three women
- Open Heaven
- The New Life
- Time of Favor
- The Ten Virgins
Being a humble servant of God, Pastor Adeboye cared less about awards and has had to turn down some. Few recorded awards he has received include the following:
- Awarded the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the Nigerian President in 2008.
- Named one of ‘The World’s Fifty Most Powerful People by Newsweek Magazine (USA) In 2009.
- Received several honorary degrees including an honorary doctorate from the University of Lagos and an honorary doctorate from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
- Presented with the Spiritual Pillar of Nigerian Sports, a National Sports Honor in 2010.
Pastor Adeboye got married to Foluke Adenike Adeboye in 1968 at the age of 25 as a fresh graduate and thus the couple had a very simple marriage. The couple had to face considerable financial challenges in the early years of their marriage but were able to successfully scale through due to the ineffable love and understanding between them.
Their union is blessed with four children, they include Adeolu Adeboye, Leke Adeboye, Bolu Adubi, and Dare Adeboye (of blessed memory) all of whom also became pastors later on. Pastor Adeboye is a proud grandfather to several grandchildren.
CARS AND PRIVATE JETS
Gone are the days when pastors are regarded as poor people, the church now is a place of wealth and wealthy people. Pastor Adeboye is one of the richest pastors in Nigeria and has many cars such as a bulletproof Rolls Royce Phantom, Land Rover Discovery, Mercedes Benz Gelandewagen among others. He also boasts of a private jet with which he takes the gospel to various countries and continents around the world.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye Net Worth
To say that Pastor Enoch Adeboye is one of the richest pastors in Nigeria is not a gainsaying. With a net worth of $65,000,000, Pastor Adeboye’s name sits comfortably on the list of the top ten richest pastors in Nigeria.
SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS
Enoch Adeboye is one of the most active men of God on various social media platforms; he reaches out to his followers through them and teaches the word of God using the platforms. Also, the monthly and annual programs of RCCG can be viewed through these platforms. They include:
- Facebook: Pastor E. A. Adeboye
- Twitter @PastorEAAdeboye
- Instagram @PastorEAAdeboyeOfficial
- Official website: EAAdeboye.com