Pastor E.A. Adeboye is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is a name that almost every Nigerian identify with. He is a humble, easy going and soft spoken Nigerian pastor. As a matter of fact, he is ranked as one of the most influential and highly respected figures in the world.
He sees the Redeemed Church as one of the focal points of Christian discipleship, and thus plans to have branch 5 minutes from every home in the world.
He oversees a network of over 40,000 parish-churches in about 197 nations of the world. In the United States, there are over 630 several RCCG branches, the largest concentrations being in the states of Maryland, Texas, Illinois, California, and Washington D.C.
In recognition of his contribution as a global icon and preacher of God’s Word, he was selected in 2008 as one of the world’s 50 most influential people by Newsweek magazine, USA.
This great Man of God was born on March 2nd, 1942 into a humble family in the village of Ifewara, Osun State, located in the South-Western part of Nigeria. His parents did all they could to make sure he went to school as he was a very brilliant boy.
In 1956, he was admitted into one of Nigeria’s foremost Secondary Schools, Ilesha Grammar School, Osun State.
He holds a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from the University of Ife, Nigeria in 1967, a Masters degree in Hydrodynamics from the University of Lagos, Nigeria in 1969, and a Doctorate Degree in Applied Mathematics from the same university in 1975.
In 1967, he got married to his better half, Foluke Adenike Adeboye (nee Adeyokunnu).
Pastor E.A. Adeboye gave his life to Jesus On July 29, 1973, through the ministry of Reverend Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, the founder of The Redeemed Christian Church of God and was ordained a Pastor in RCCG in 1977.
He became the General Overseer of the church in 1987 after the after the founder Pastor Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi pass unto glory. For three years, he tried to cope with the position with his part time lecturing job in Unilorin. But, he finally quit the job to full time ministry.
Since he assumed the position of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, God has used him to bring about tremendous growth to the church.
It is recorded that the first RCCG Holy Ghost congress held at Lekki-Lagos was attended by over 7 million people in 1998. Thereafter, in 1999, the annual congress was moved permanently to the Redemption Camp.
The programme constitutes the largest mobilization of people in one spot on the surface of the earth, according to BBC and CNN.
The following year, attendance at the Holy Ghost Congress (HGC) grew to 12 million worshippers. The programme has since been replaced with the annual 3-Day Holy Ghost Congress held every December at the Redemption Camp, where many souls are won for Christ, and the power of God moves freely to heal, anoint, and empower and deliver.
According to those close to him he is humility personified and his passion for soul-winning feeds his passion for church-planting, and through this, countless people have been inspired to follow him and serve the Lord in the ministry.
This great minister of the gospel is a mentor to millions and spiritual father to Presidents, Head of States and renowned leaders all over the world.
Enoch Adeboye has written over 65 books. His daily devotional manual (Open Heavens), with over 1 million published annually, available in English, French and other major languages of the world is globally-distributed and widely-read.
His life substantiates the scriptures in Zechariah 4: 10 (NLT) which states: Do not despise these small beginnings… His life and over 30 years of full-time ministry around the world is remarkable in every sense. From humble beginnings as the son of a peasant farmer in Nigeria to one of the most influential people in the world.
Enoch Adeboye’s counsel has been sought by presidents, and his appeal in both the secular and religious arenas is evidenced by the wide range of groups that have honored him, including numerous honorary doctorates from many institutions in the Nigeria and abroad in appreciation of his contributions to humanity.
Recognitions include the following:
- 1999 – Received honorary citizenship and key of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
- 2000 – Dedicated the first chapel in the Nigerian Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria.
- 2002 – Received the key to the city of Detroit, Michigan.
- 2005 – Received honorary citizenship and key of Dallas, Texas, USA.
- 2005 – Received honorary citizenship and key of Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
- 2008 – Awarded a National Honor (Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria) by the Nigerian President.
- 2009 – Led the Pre-Summit Prayers at the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations Headquarters, New York.
- 2009 – Named one of The World’s Fifty Most Powerful People by Newsweek Magazine (USA).
- 2009 – Awarded honorary doctorate degree – University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.
- 2009 – Awarded honorary doctorate degree – University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
- 2009 – Awarded honorary doctorate degree in Theology – Canada Christian College, Canada.
- 2010 – Awarded a National Sports Honor (Spiritual Pillar of Nigerian Sports).
- 2011 – Chaired United Nations Global Summit on the Road Map to a Culture of Peace in the Middle East.
- 2011 – Awarded honorary doctorate degree – University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
- 2011 – Received award as the Best/Most Profitable Icon/Personality in Nigeria
- 2014 – Awarded National Honour – (CON) Commander of the Order of the Niger
- 2015 – Awarded Honorary Doctor of Science – University of Lagos
- 2015 – Certificate of Recognition – The Congress of The United States of America
- 2015 – Presidential Merit Award – The Nigerian Society of Engineers
He has been married to Foluke Adenike Adeboye for over 45 years. Together they have three sons and one daughter, and many grand and great grandchildren children. They reside at the Redemption Camp in the suburbs of Lagos, Nigeria.