Pastor Enoch Adeboye is the General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). Established in Nigeria in 1952, RCCG is a growing church with Parishes of the church in over 186 countries of the world.
Adeboye’s Childhood & Early Life
Enoch Adeboye was born Enoch Adejare Adeboye on 2 March, 1942 in the village of Ifewara, Osun State, Nigeria. His parents were very poor and he was one of their four children. Adeboye’s father was an illiterate farmer, who did not believe in educating any of his children. In fact, the family was so poor that they could not afford to pay the school fees anyway.
But Enoch was so particular about receiving a formal education and when his requests to be sent to school were dismissed by his father, he went on a hunger-strike in a bid to persuade him. His father eventually gave in and sold a goat in order to pay for his son’s school fees. Thus Enoch Adeboye was enrolled at the only missionary school in their village.
After his primary education, young Enoch was admitted into Ilesha Grammar School, Ilesha, Osun State, Western Nigeria in 1956, where he discovered his passion for science and mathematics.
Enoch Adeboye badly wanted to pursue a higher education but the ongoing Nigerian Civil War and his family’s dire financial condition threatened to thwart his ambitions. Yet he chased his dream relentlessly and ultimately obtained not only a Bachelors (BSc.) degree in Mathematics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria in 1967, but also a Masters (MSc.) Degree in Hydrodynamics and a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Applied Mathematics, both from the University of Lagos, in 1969 and 1975 respectively.
As a young man, Pastor Adeboye had one great ambition—to become the youngest Vice Chancellor of any one of the frontline Universities in Nigeria. So he began his career as a lecturer in mathematics at the universities of Lagos and Ilorin, and looked poised to establish himself in a successful career in academics.
Pastor Adeboye’s Personal Life
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye got married to Foluke Adenike Adeboye in 1968 at the age of 25. He was a fresh graduate and so the couple had a very simple marriage ceremony. Together they have four children and several grandchildren.
His Journey At RCCG
Already married by the early 1970s, Pastor Adeboye and his wife faced some problems having children. They had two children through caesarean section and the doctors had advised them against having more. But the couple desperately wanted more children and thus embarked on a spiritual journey to seek a solution.
Enoch Adeboye and his wife Foluke came to the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in 1973 which was then headed by the General Superintendent, Pastor Josiah Oluwafemi Akindayomi.
While still on the search for more children, he became born-again Christian on 29 July, 1973, and decided to dedicate his life to the service of God by becoming actively involved with the church. And in 1975 Enoch Adeboye was formally ordained a pastor.
Initially Enoch’s duty at the church was to translate Akindayomi’s sermons from the pastor’s native language Yoruba into English. Eventually he started organizing Bible Study meetings, Crusades, Revivals, Outreaches and the evangelistic programs known as the Congress which proved to be very successful.
Impressed by Pastor Adeboye’s dedication, Pa Akindayomi decided that he was the man meant to succeed him. In 1981, Akindayomi died and pastor Adeboye took over the leadership as the church’s General Overseer based on an instruction left by Akindayomi prior to his death.
As the leader of the church, Pator Adeboye has worked very hard to expand the church’s outreach and today the church has branches in 186 countries of the world, from Haiti to Germany, from India to the UK, and also in the US. Pastor Enoch Adeboye is today considered to be one of the most influential pastors in Nigeria and the world.
Awards & Achievements
Today, the annual RCCG Conventions hosted by Pastor Adeboye or Daddy G.O as he is fondly called by many in Nigeria, UK, Asia and the US has an average attendance of over 7 million (Nigeria), 50,000 (UK) and 10,000 (US).
His television programs are broadcasted on a digital-cable channel called Open Heavens TV, Liveway TV and Satellite radio.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye has written over 60 books. His daily devotional manual (Open Heavens), with over 1 million published annually and available in English, French and other major languages of the world, is globally-distributed and widely-read. Among many other awards,
- He was awarded the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by the Nigerian President in 2008.
- In 2009, Enoch Adeboye was named one of ‘The World’s Fifty Most Powerful People’ by Newsweek Magazine (USA).
- He is the recipient of several honorary degrees including an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Lagos and an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
- Enoch Adeboye was also presented with the Spiritual Pillar of Nigerian Sports, a National Sports Honor in 2010.