Bishop David Oyedepo is the presiding Bishop of Living faith Church World Wide which is also known as Winners Chapel.
Known widely as one of the pioneers of the Charismatic movement in Africa, Oyedepo is one of the most influential and powerful preachers in the world today.
David Oyedepo was born September 27, 1954 in Osogbo, Nigeria. A native of Omu-Aran, Kwara State, he was raised in a mixed religious family – his father being a Muslim healer and his mother a member of the Eternal Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement.
He was however introduced to Christian values by his grandmother whom he lived with for much of his formative years. He got born again in 1969 through the influence of his teacher, Betty Lasher.
He studied Architecture at the former Kwara State Polytechnic, now Kwara State University and worked briefly with the Federal Ministry of Housing in Ilorin before resigning to concentrate on missionary work.
Oyedepo also has a Ph.D. in Human Development from Honolulu University, Hawaii, United States.
DAVID OYEDEPO MINISTRY
Bishop Oyedepo gives his inspiration for ministry as a mandate that he received from God in an 18-hour vision in May 1981. It entailed a mission of liberating the world from all oppression of the devil through the preaching of the word of faith.
The mandate set Oyedepo on the path to founding the Living Faith Church World Wide (LFCWW), first called Liberation Faith Hour Ministries, in 1981.
It was two years after that, that he was ordained a Pastor, together with his wife (Faith Abiola Oyedepo) by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Five years later, Oyedepo was ordained as a Bishop.
Living Faith Church actually began in Kaduna but moved to Lagos in July 1989, to begin a new branch. Oyedepo’s Winners Chapel operates a Bible training programme known as Word of Faith Bible Institute for members and non-members alike to develop knowledge of Christian principles and to develop leaders and future pastors. This institute is run in major branches of the Church.
Oyedepo serves as the President of David Oyedepo Ministries International (DOMI). DOMI is an umbrella organization comprising Living Faith Church World Wide (a global network of churches), World Mission Agency (WMA); the global missionary arm of the church’s operations, Dominion Publishing House; the publishing arm of the church, Covenant University, and the Social Development Missions projects (made up of hospitals, maternity homes, schools, etc).
Today, the Winners’ Chapel network of churches is located in over 300 cities, in all states of Nigeria, as well as, in several cities in 45 African nations, Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The church’s headquarters is located in a Canaanland. It is the home of the 50,000-seat capacity auditorium, the ‘Faith Tabernacle’, which is reputed, even by the Guinness Book of Records to be the largest church auditorium in the world.
PERSONAL LIFE AND NETWORTH
David Oyedepo often features on richest lists as the richest preacher in Nigeria, with a last recorded net worth of over USD $150 million. He often attracts controversy over how he channels that wealth. David Oyedepo is married to Faith Oyedepo and together they have four children; David Jr, Love, Joys, and Isaac; two of whom are ordained pastors.
Oyedepo has also been lauded for his contribution to the educational sector in the country especially with the establishment of Covenant University, Faith Academy and Kingdom Heritage Schools to equip youths for global impact.
He 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. DPH has over 4 million prints in circulation to date.