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. Enoch Adeboye is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God whose headquarter is at Redemption Camp, Ogun State.
The mathematician turned pastor is the national president of the Redeemed Christian Fellowship (RCF, an interdenominational fellowship in several higher institutions in Nigeria). He is the founder and president of Christ the Redeemers Ministry (CRM). In addition to that, Enoch Adeboye is also the founder of Redeemers University, Ede Osun State, established in 2005.
Enoch Adeboye Background
Enoch was born on the 2nd of March 1942 in Ifewara, Osun state to a family of six. At the time, his father was a peasant farmer. Young Enoch began his education at Ilesha Grammar School, Ilesha, Osun State. Thereafter, he gained admission into the University of Nigeria (UNN) Nsukka to study mathematics but, due to the Nigeria civil war, he couldn’t complete his education there.
He then proceeded to University of Lagos where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1967. Thereafter, he went further to obtain a masters degree in hydrodynamics from the University of Lagos. Not only that, he holds a PhD degree in Applied Mathematics from University of Lagos. Also, Enoch Adeboye holds the position of professor in mathematics at the University of Lagos.
He got married to Foluke Adenike in 1967 at the age of 25 and they are blessed with four children who have also become great men and woman of God today. They are : Pastor Adeolu Adeboye, Pastor (Mrs.) Bolu Adeboye, Pastor Dare Adeboye and Pastor Leke Adeboye.
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Enoch Adeboye Career
Before delving into ministry, Pastor Adeboye had a lecturing career going on smoothly for him. In fact, he had the dream of becoming a Vice Chancellor because of his love for education. He worked as a lecturer of mathematics at the University of Lagos and University of Ilorin.
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His Journey Into Ministry
Pastor Adeboye gave his life to Christ on 29th July, 1973 when he joined the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He served in the church as an interpreter to Pastor Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi who could only preach in Yoruba Language. Later, in 1977, he was ordained a pastor.
Thereafter, he became the General Overseer of the church in 1987 after the passage of Pastor Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi. For 3 years, he juggled the position with his part time lecturing job in Unilorin. But, he eventually quit the job to pastor full time.
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. For a start, he purchased a massive piece of land on Lagos Ibadan expressway which is known today as Redemption Camp, where the Holy Ghost congress service is being held annually.
Record has it that the first RCCG Holy Ghost congress held at Lekki-Lagos and it was attended by over 7 million people in 1998. Thereafter, in 1999, the annual congress was moved permanently to the Redemption Camp.
Today, RCCG has several branches all over the world in more than 196 nations. According to Pastor Adeboye, he wants to plant a Redeemed Church within five minutes walking distance in developing cities and five minutes driving distance in developed cities.
It is worthy of mentioning that Enoch Adeboye is a mentor to millions and spiritual father to Presidents, Head of States and renowned leaders all over the world.
Pastor Adeboye Net Worth
We cannot categorically state his exact net worth but without doubt, Pastor Adeboye is worth millions of dollars. He owns a G550 private jet woth $65m and several high end estates in strategic locations including Britain.
In addition to that, Pastor Adeboye is known for riding exotic cars including Rolls Royce Phantoms, Land Rover Discovery and Mercedez Benz Gelandewagen.
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Enoch Adeboye Quotes
“It is unfortunate that several people prefer to focus on their relationship with God; hence, they keep drifting further away from God’s sure place of provision.”
“The first and biggest victory of all is victory over your own self.”
“If you don’t conquer yourself, you’re like a city without walls”
“Anytime you see a counterfeit, it means the original must be somewhere”
“Don’t look unto government for everything. Be creative”
“Many are poor because of their sole reliance on government for everything”
“If I tell you to do anything and it’s not in the bible, don’t do it”
“Being thankless and unappreciative has a negative impact on the human heart.”
“Behind the glory is always a story.”
Enoch Adeboye Books
The popular pastor has written several books. Some of which include:
- God has a purpose for your life
- The Overflowing Christian
- The Swimming Axe-Head
- Anatomy of Greatness
- The Gate of Mercy
- Practical Guides for prosperity (Vol 1-4)
- Carriers of His power
- The tale of the three women
- Open Heaven
- The New Life
- Time of Favour
- The Ten Virgins
Awards and Recognitions
- Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR) – 2008
- One of the 50 most powerful people in the world by Newsweek Magazine, USA – 2008
Lessons From The Life of Pastor Adeboye
1. Your Background Is Not A Limitation
It is you and not the circumstances around you that determines what you make out of life. Enoch Adeboye is from a poor background where chicken can only be eaten on Christmas days. In spite of that, Pastor Adeboye today is one of the wealthiest people in the world.
2. Be The Best At What You Do
One attribute that stands Pastor Adeboye out is excellence. For instance, when he was in school, he was one of the best student traveling abroad to represent Nigeria. Needless to say, the success of RCCG ministry is another pointer to this fact.
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3. Remain Humble
Enoch Adeboye is a total example of humility. This can be seen in the way he talks and relate with everyone around him. According to him, he almost lost his anointing as a result of pride and, that taught him a lesson to always stay humble regardless of how big he becomes.
4. Invest In People
Actually, when you invest in people, they will go any length for you. Enoch Adeboye has invested in several lives to the point that he has lost count of his mentees. This is one of the reasons he is called the father of many nations.