In this article, we’ll be unveiling the complete biography and net worth of Bishop David Oyedepo. Read thoroughly.
Biography And Net Worth Of Bishop David Oyedepo
David Olaniyi Oyedepo is a Nigerian preacher, Christian author, and the founder of Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners Chapel International. He is a businessman, an architect, and also the presiding Bishop of the Mega Church Faith Tabernacle in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Oyedepo is recognized as one of the front runners of the Christian charismatic movement in Africa. He has often been referred to as one of the most powerful preachers in Nigeria. He is the current head of Landmark and Covenant University.
Early Life And Education
David Oyedepo was born in Oshogbo on the 27th of September 1954. A native of Omu-Aran in Kwara State, Nigeria, his parents were of different religions– his father, Ibrahim, a traditional Muslim healer, and his mother, Dorcas, a member of the Eternal Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement. He was raised by his grandmother in Osogbo, a devout Anglican who instilled in him, the virtues of the Christian life.
He has a degree in architecture from Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin. He worked shortly with the Federal Ministry of Housing in Ilorin before he resigned to focus on mission work. He also has a Ph.D. in Human Development from Honolulu University, Hawaii, US.
His Christian Journey
In 1969, Oyedepo became born again at the age of 15, due credit to his teacher, Betty Lasher, who showed interest in him during his secondary school days. He preached the gospel for the first time in March 1970 and hasn’t stopped since then.
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While still in secondary school, he challenged God for healing from tuberculosis, after his mates moved their beds away from him and God healed him.
Oyedepo’s ministry began in 1981 after receiving a mandate from God through an 18-hour vision in May 1981, to liberate the world from all oppressions of the devil through the preaching of the word of faith. This vision birthed the founding of the Living Faith Church World Wide (LFCWW) in 1981, which was first called Liberation Faith Hour Ministries. Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), ordained David Oyedepo and his wife, Florence Abiola Oyedepo as pastors and officially commissioned the new church on September 17, 1983. Five years later, David Oyedepo was ordained as Bishop.
The church, Living Faith Church (AKA Winners Chapel), began its operations in Kaduna but moved to Lagos, July 1989, to start a new branch of the church after Oyedepo received instructions from God to reach out to the people there.
Oyedepo is the President of David Oyedepo Ministries International (DOMI); the main organization which comprises of the Living Faith Church World Wide, World Mission Agency (WMA); the missionary arm of the church, Dominion Publishing House; the publishing arm of the church, Covenant University, and the Social Development Missions projects (made up of schools, maternity homes, hospitals, and others).
The church’s headquarters, Canaanland is the home of the 50,000-seat capacity auditorium.
The faith-based teachings of Oyedepo have put him in the category of the Word of Faith Movement. He refers to key frontiers of the Faith Movement such as Kenneth Copeland, Gloria Copeland, late Kenneth Hagin, E. W. Kenyon, T. L. Osborn, Smith Wigglesworth as well as renowned Nigerian preachers like E. A. Adeboye and the Late Benson Idahosa as mentors.
Winners Chapel runs a Bible training programme called Word of Faith Bible Institute for development in the knowledge of Christian principles.
Marriage And Family
Bishop David Oyedepo is married to Pastor Faith Abiola Oyedepo (formerly Florence Abiola Akano). They met when he was 22 years old in a motor park. They got married in 1982 (When he was 28) and have four children together; David Jnr., Isaac, Love, and Joyce. They all are involved in the ministry and are working in different branches of the church.
David Oyedepo Day Of Service (DODOS)
DODOS is an initiative launched by the Covenant University Alumni Association, to promote the lifestyle of contributing and adding value to people; a move inspired by the life of Bishop David O. Oyedepo. Established on the 27th of Sept. 2012, which also is the Bishop’s birthday, people around the world who connect with this initiative are expected to show an act of contribution to individuals, organizations, or the society at large.
His Net Worth
He was named by Forbes magazine as being the richest pastor in Nigeria with a net worth of 150 million US dollars in 2011.