Hurray! The Winners’ family worldwide is celebrating God’s faithfulness upon the life of His servant, Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo as he clocks 63 today, September 27th, 2017.
David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, the founder and presiding Bishop of the megachurch, Living Faith Church Worldwide (A.ka. Winners Chapel).
Oyedepo is the senior pastor of Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000-seat church auditorium, reported to be the largest church auditorium in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.
Oyedepo has been seen as one of the pioneers of the Christian charismatic movement in Africa and has been referred to as one of the most powerful preachers in Nigeria.
He is the Chancellor of Covenant University and Landmark University. He was named in 2011 by Forbes magazine as being the richest pastor in Nigeria.
Early Life and history:
He was born on September 27, 1954 in Osogbo, Nigeria, but is a native of Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Nigeria.
Oyedepo was raised in a mixed religious family. His father, Ibrahim, was a Muslim healer. His mother, Dorcas, was a member of the Eternal Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (C&S), a branch of the Aladura movement in Nigeria. He was raised by his grandmother in Osogbo, who introduced him to the virtues of Christian life via early morning prayers which she attended with him. She also taught him the importance of tithing.
However, Oyedepo was raised by his grandmother in Osogbo, who introduced him to the virtues of Christian life via early morning prayers which she attended with him. She also taught him the importance of tithing.
He became born again in 1969, through the influence of his teacher, Betty Lasher, who took a special interest in him during his high school days.
After his secondary school, he studied Architecture at Kwara State Polytechnic and worked briefly with the Federal Ministry of Housing in Ilorin before resigning to concentrate on missionary work.
Oyedepo received a Ph.D. in Human Development from Honolulu University, Hawaii, United States.
Bishop David Oyedepo is the wealthiest preacher in Nigeria with a net worth of over USD $150 million. The church owns four private jets and several buildings around the world, including London and the United States.
Oyedepo is an author and publisher who has written over 70 titles apart from periodicals. He is the Chairman/Publisher of Dominion Publishing House (DPH), a publishing arm of the ministry.
In 1982 he married Florence Abiola Akano (now known as Faith). They have four children together (David Jr, Isaac, Love and Joys).
David Jr and Isaac Oyedepo were ordained as Pastors in May 2007 by Kenneth Copeland. David Jr formerly pastors the London Branch of the Church with his wife, Kemi but now the resident pastor of the Ministry’s headquarters church (Faith Tabernacle) while Isaac Oyedepo pastors Winners’ Chapel International, Lokogoma, Abuja with his wife Ayomitide.
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