BISHOP DAVID OYEDEPO
Bishop David Oyedepo is the general overseer of Living Faith Ministries aka Winners Chapel. He is been referred today as one of the fathers of Christianity. He controls one of the biggest churches in Africa.
His 50,000 capacity worship centre in Cannan land, Otta, Ogun State, has attracted Christian worshippers from within and outside the country. A native Omu Aran, Kwara state, Oyedepo started his early life in Osogbo where he was actually born. Tertiary education took him back to Ilorin, where he studied architecture at Kwara State Polytechnic.
He worked briefly with the Federal Ministry of Housing in Ilorin, before resigning to concentrate on missionary work.
His ministry also started from Ilorin. Papa, as he is called by many, received a mandate from God in May 1981 to ‘liberate the world from all oppression of the devil through the preaching of the word of faith.’
This inaugural vision led to the founding of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, first called Liberation Faith Hour Ministries, in 1981.
Two years after, on September 17, 1983, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, ordained David and his wife, Florence Abiola Akano (now known as Faith Abiola Oyedepo) as pastors and also officially commissioned the newly started church by Oyedepo.
After establishing his ministry in Ilorin, it metamorphosed in a church, Winners chapel which started officially in Kaduna but moved to Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria in September 1989, to start a new branch of his Church, after receiving an instruction from God to reach out to the population in Lagos.
The Church in Otta has gone on to become the International headquarters. His ministry has several testimonies with many barren women recording birth of babies after attending his programmes. Many more claim to have received healing, secured employment, financial breakthroughs, turn-around in their respective businesses and deliverance from ancestral curses.
Today, the church exists in every state of Nigeria and in some other African countries.
Oyedepo has more than 20 books, published by Dominion Publishing House, a publishing arm of his ministry, to complement his soul- winning efforts.