Pastor Enoch Adeboye was born on March 2, 1942 in Ifewara, in Osun State, Nigeria. He is a renowned Nigerian pastor and the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Born to a very poor family that he once stated that, even the poor called his family poor, young Adeboye was however much interested in being educated. At first, his dad refused owing to the financial state of the family, with much persistency, Adeboye was later on sent to school. He began his education at Ilesha Grammar School, Ilesha, Osun State.
Later on, he went to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) but as a result of Nigeria Civil War, he completed his first degree in the University of Ife, now known as Obafemi Awolowo University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1967.
In 1969, he went further to obtain a master’s degree in Hydrodynamics from the University of Lagos. In 1975, he also obtained a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics from the University of Lagos.
Upon graduation and before being a pastor, Pastor Adeboye was a lecturer of Mathematics at the University of Lagos and University of Ilorin. It was three years after becoming the General Overseer of R.C.C.G. that he resigned to be a full time pastor.
In 1973, Pastor Adeboye joined the Redeemed Christian Church of God where he served as an interpreter of Yoruba to English for Pastor Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, the founder of the church. In 1977, he was then ordained in the church . Upon the death of the founder and following directives he left before his demise, Pastor Adeboye was made the General Overseer in 1981. During the period of his leadership, the church has experienced great success and large followership and has become one of the biggest churches in Nigeria with about 14,000,000 branches. There are also branches in over 190 countries in the world.
Pastor Adeboye is also the national president of the Redeemed Christian Fellowship (RCF) in several higher institutions in Nigeria, the founder and president of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministry, and the founder of Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, established in 2005.
He is also a writer and has written numerous books. These include: God Has a Purpose for Your Life, The Overflowing Christian, Anatomy of Greatness, The Gate of Mercy, Open Heaven, The New Life, The Ten Virgins e.t.c.
- Honorary doctorate degree from the University of Lagos and University of Nigeria, Nsukka
- Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2008
- Recognized as one of the 50 most powerful people in the world by Newsweek Magazine, USA, 2008
- Spiritual Pillar of Nigerian Sports, a national sports honour in 2012
In 1967, Pastor Adeboye got married to Foluke Adenike and together they have four children- Adeolu, Bolu Adubi, Leke, and Dare.
While there is no specific stated net worth of Pastor Adeboye, there is no doubt that he is one of the richest pastors in Nigeria and in the world at large. He has a private jet worth $65 million and has been seen in some nice automobiles such as a Rolls Royce Phantom which is worth about $400,000, a Land Rover Discovery worth about $80,000, a Mercedes Benz Gelandewagen worth about $100,000 and others. He also has his own private airline and owns high end estates.