Date Of Birth: W.F. KUMUYIÂ (1941-Date)
William Folorunso Kumuyi was born on June 9, 1941 into aÂ Christian family in Erin-Ijesha, Osun State, Nigeria. He wasÂ born into an Anglican family that knew the Bible was veryÂ important as the word of God; they would rise up early in theÂ morning to sing hymns, read the Bible, and pray. However,
it was not until he left home to attend high school in anotherÂ part of the region that young W.F. Kumuyi got anÂ experiential knowledge of who Jesus Christ was, and whatÂ radical changes He could effect in lives surrendered to HisÂ lordship.Â
While teaching mathematics at
his alma mater in 1962, afterÂ graduating from high
school in 1961, Pastor Kumuyi wasÂ introduced to the
Apostolic Faith Church. He heard theÂ Gospel, and
believed the word of God on righteousness,Â temperance,
judgment to come, and salvation from sin:
Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi
became born again onÂ Sunday, April 5, 1964.
In his early Christian days, as he still does many goodÂ writers, Pastor Kumuyi read John Wesley, Charles Finney,Â and Charles Spurgeon, among others. He got involved withÂ the Scripture Union (SU), and he grew spiritually.
education for Pastor William Kumuyi started in hisÂ home
town; he went on to attend Mayflower School inÂ Ikenne,
near Ijebu-ode, whence he graduated with a highÂ school
diploma in 1961. After teaching at his alma mater forÂ a
brief period, Pastor Kumuyi gained admission to
studyÂ mathematics at Nigeriaâ€™s
premier institution of higherÂ education, the University
of Ibadan, obtaining a first class
degree in 1967.
Pastor Kumuyi went back to
teaching mathematics atÂ Mayflower School, Ikenne,
before going for a postgraduateÂ course in education at
the University of Lagos, Lagos,Â Nigeria. On the
completion of his postgraduate studyÂ program, Pastor
Kumuyi became a lecturer in theÂ Department of
Mathematics at the University of Lagos
Â The Deeper Christian Life Ministry along with its
church arm,Â the Deeper Life Bible Church, which now has
over oneÂ million members in more than sixty countries
around theÂ world, started as a fifteen-member Bible
Study group inÂ Pastor William
Kumuyiâ€™s official quarters (Flat 2) at the
University of Lagos in August, 1973.
While doing his postgraduate
work at the University ofÂ Lagos, some people who knew
Pastor Kumuyi as a memberÂ of the Scripture Union (SU)
would approach him to askÂ questions about the Bible and
Christian living. Some ofÂ these enquirers would come at
odd hours, so the Pastor feltÂ it was better they gather
as a group to study the Bible, onÂ Monday evenings in
his apartment, instead of spending soÂ much time dealing
with them as individuals.
Soon enough, the time came when
Flat 2 could no longerÂ hold the Bible Study
participants, so they spilled outside andÂ occupied the
front of the building. In due course, as moreÂ people
came and the Bible Study Group grew, it
becameÂ necessary in 1976 to find a more commodious
place outsideÂ of the university campus. Because the
Group was non-Â denominational, people were happy to
come from various
churches to study with Lecturer Kumuyi, as the Pastor wasÂ still called at that time. Soon, the Bible Study GroupÂ membership went over 1,500.
By 1988 the congregation had
grown to 50,000, and nowÂ numbers over 120,000 members,
making it the third largestÂ Christian church in the
world. Dr. Johan Combrinck reportsÂ that the Deeper Life
Bible Church not only has anÂ attendance of 120,000
every Sunday, but has planted moreÂ than 500 churches in
Lagos, and over 5,000 in the rest ofÂ Nigeria (with an
independent estimate of more than 800,000Â members in
Nigeria alone), and 3,000 elsewhere (withÂ missionaries
to 40 countries of Africa) as the movementÂ missionary
â€œThe history of Deeper Life is very much the personal storyÂ of W.F. Kumuyi. He is a gifted man, clear-thinking andÂ humble. He is a dedicated Christian and deserves the titleÂ â€˜the man of God,â€™ which his followers have given him. SinceÂ he was a young man, Kumuyi has devoted his time toÂ reading and studying the Bible. He knows the ScripturesÂ inside out, and has deep love for the word of God, so peopleÂ have been drawn to him for advice, or simply to listen.
WhenÂ he preaches, his message is clear, simple, and
profound.Â Poor street
traders who can barely read sit next to
universityÂ professors, all equally captivated by the
way ScriptureÂ becomes suddenly relevant to them.
Pastor Kumuyiâ€™s own Christian life developed because heÂ took the Bible so seriously, and so the Deeper Christian LifeÂ Ministry has developed in the same way.
His sermons were captivating. In
fact, â€œI would classify himÂ as one
of the greatest living preachers, giving a
straight forward Bible-based message, his sermonsÂ thorough, and always personally challenging. He always
gave a wide range of cross-references which were read inÂ their context, supporting, clarifying and expanding his mainÂ points. He spoke clearly and authoritatively to the NigerianÂ situation.
A Man With a Great Heart For
God!Â He is not tall, and does not have a
He does not dominate, nor has he accrued power to himself.Â He walks slowly, is relaxed, and has a gentle sense ofÂ humour with a warm smile and a twinkle in his eyes. HeÂ dresses simply, eats simplyâ€¦ andâ€¦ could have assumedÂ titles to himself. As the Deeper Christian Life MinistryÂ developed â€“ most people enjoy the trappings and regalia ofÂ status which followers gladly give. But he calls his followersÂ brothers and sisters, and treats them as colleagues.
Kumuyi remarried in October 2010 in London about 18Â months after the death of his first wife.