The founder of Kingsway International Christian Church (KICC) was once a member of Four Square Gospel Church led by an academician, Dr Wilson Badejo.
It was in London that he left the Four Square to start his own church, Kingsway International Christian Church, a decision that has never been regretted since it was taken 15 years ago as he is now one of the richest pastors in Nigeria.
Matthew Ashimolowo (born 17 March 1952 in Nigeria) is the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) in London.
His Winning Ways programme is aired daily on Premier Radio (London) and Spirit FM (Amsterdam) and on television in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, TV Africa, the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Europe on The God Channel and Inspirational Network.
Pastor Ashimolowo converted to Christianity from Islam at the age of 22 after the death of his father before enrolling with a Bible school.
Forbes estimated Ashimolowo’s net worth is at between $6-10 million. KICC annual accounts confirmed that he earns an annual salary of £100,000 but the majority of his wealth comes from the sale of Christian literature and documentaries from his media company, Matthew Ashimolowo media. This is consistent with the fact that Ashimolowo subscribes to and teaches success in the vein of Prosperity theology, which in most respects is considered controversial.
Pastor Matthew is married to Pastor Yemisi and they have 2 sons Tobi and Tomi. Pastor Yemisi is the host of the Winning Women’s ministry.
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre; the church started out in 1992 with 11 members but has grown to over 12,000 members. Pastor Matthew as he is fondly called is a dynamic and charismatic preacher having preached for over 27 years.
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo was born in Kaduna which is the Northern part of Nigeria on the 17th of March 1952; and born to Muslim parents, he is the 4th in a family 5 children. As the son of a military officer, his father was constantly transferred on official duties and this meant his family was also on the move. His Muslim name was Ahmed, after his father died in the Biafra war. At the age of 22, he got saved in adrunken state, after which he went to Bible school in Lagos to further his career as a minister of the gospel.
After Bible school, he began as an assistant Pastor in Foursquare Gospel church, after which he was moved to the UK, where he started his own ministry.
KICC started in a school hall in North London with only 11 members, the membership of the church grew and the church had to move to Hackney town centre after which the church bought a building at Mare Street. This building was later became too small, the current building is located at 57 Waterden Road.
Pastor Matthew is a man of excellence and this is evident in the lives of the members of KICC.
He challenges people to success not wallowing in mediocrity. His mandate is to teach the people undiluted word of God. As a Pastor, his aim is to spread the word to a dying world, encourage individuals to develop themselves spiritually, heal the broken hearted and the sick being healed. Pastor Matthew’s messages are televised and watched all around the world and also heard on most radio stations all around the world.
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is a dynamic preacher, having preached for over 30 years he is a successful leader and a prolific author having written more than 20 books. He has received numerous awards for his outstanding books and selfless service; he is the author of over 60 books.
He is a strong advocator and a voice in the Pentecostal Christian community in United Kingdom. He is a constant feature on God Channel TV, TBN, Daystar and various TV networks. Pastor Matthew serves on the board of Premier Radio station which is UK’s premier Christian radio station. He is a motivational speaker and a successful business man.
KICC is the largest growing church in Europe , it is a very multicultural church, with over 40 nations represented in the church. Pastor Matthew challenges his members to succeed both spiritually and in every sphere of life irrespective of the challenge. Pastor Matthew is not one to hold back, he shares from his personal life which most people can relate to in their day to day life.
He is a man with a vision, directed by God and motivated to carry on the will of the heavenly father, his vision is to create heavenly minded people who are able to influence and impact and also make a difference in their world through the word of God and the messages from the word.
As an author, he has received accolades for his outstanding books. He is the winner of the Nigerian Booksellers Award for Tongues of Fire and many more. He currently hosts “Winning Ways” which is shown on TBN Daystar, God channel and aired on Premier Christian Radio. He also hosts 24 Hour Miracle which comes up on OBE TV.