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The Richest Pastor In Nigeria: Money Isn’t A Crime!

It’s no secret that clergy hasn’t always been as well-to-do as they are now. There were times when priests were used to living in quite a humble way. However, today they are doing very well and a lot of people often wonder who the richest pastor in Nigeria is! If you are one of them – read on!

Nowadays, being a pastor is closely associated with luxury and living a good life so a lot of people opt for this profession because of the comfort and welfare that serving to God brings.

Check out who the most powerful pastors in Nigeria are and other curious details (and this is the freshest 2017 news)!


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1. Top 10 richest pastors in Nigeria

1.1. Bishop David Oyedepo, $180 million

The figure above gives the perfect answer to the question – who is the richest pastor in Nigeria?

David founded Living Faith World Outreach Ministry and owns Dominion Publishing House selling his books. He owns huge estates in Lagos, luxury cars, and even a private Jet. Serving to God can pay off quite well and that’s why Bishop David Oyedepo might be the richest pastor in the world!

1.2. Father Edeh, $120 million

The richest man of God in Nigeria taking the second place in this top is Emmanuel M.P. Edeh (aka Father Edeh).

Being an Igbo Catholic Priest, he runs several charity companies, 4 tertiary institutions(Madonna University Nigeria, Caritas University, OSISATECH Polytechnic, OSISATECH College of Education), a microfinance bank, health facilities, a museum, etc. His wealth is estimated at about $100 million.

1.3. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome $70 million

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is said to have shown interest in the heavenly matters when he was a schoolboy. Now he is the leader of the Christ Embassy Church that widely practices “Sowing the seed.” i.e. donations from everyone attending the church.

The pastor shamelessly promises a happy afterlife to those who generously donate. He even accepts smartphones and other valuables if the church member has no money to give. The Christ Embassy Church is highly notorious for its doubtful practices and is even associated with several court cases.

As for the pastor Chris Oyakhilome private jet, it was a gift from his followers to get the pastor closer to God.

1.4. Pastor Enoch Adejare $50 million

Pastor Enoch Adejare, 75, runs one of the powerful churches in Nigeria with 192 branches globally. There are more than 14 000 churches of The Redeemed Christian Church of God only in Nigeria to be accessible to every home in Nigeria.

However, pastor’s ideas about marriage that he imposes on his adepts are rather weird. For instance, in his opinion, women that cannot cook and do not attend his church should not be married!

1.5. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, $30 million

Pastor Ashimolowo is the leader of the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC), the largest Pentecostal church in the United Kingdom. In 2009 the church is said to have made about $10 million! The pastor’s personal salary is estimated at $200,000 a year. He also gets huge profit from different businesses including a media company.

1.6. Prophet Temitope Babatunde Joshua $25 million

T.B. Joshua is the founder and the Head of The Synagogue Church of All Nations and he also has more than two and half million followers on Facebook. He is a hugely famous YouTuber and owns one of the most successful Christian TV channels in Africa – Emmanuel TV.

The channel claims to show real miracles of healing that haven’t, though, been officially confirmed by any medical authorities.

1.7. Pastor Chris Okotie, $20 million

Pastor Chris Okotie is the spiritual leader of Household of God Church. However, in the 80s he used to be a successful pop musician! His church members include 5,000 Nollywood movie actors and musicians.

He has even attempted to become the Nigerian president three times (upon God’ request, of course!). The pastor is a big car fan and drives a Mercedes S600, Porsche, and other luxury cars.

1.8. Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, $15 million

Papa Ayo Oritsejafor is the leader of Word of Life Bible Church comprising 20,000 members. He is also the current President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) preaching the gospel all around the world for more than 40 years.

He owns a crazily expensive private jet, a private bank, and even his own private university (Eagles Height University)! He is noted for his extravagant lifestyle, posh car as well as luxuriant clothing and jewelry.

1.9. Pastor W.F Kumuyi, $10 million

William Folorunso Kumuyi is a popular book writer as well as the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministries, Nigeria. His church has about million adepts and is the third largest Christian church in the world!

1.10. Lazarus Muoka, $8 million

Lazarus Muoka founded the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Church. The rumor has it, that he owns publishing companies, private schools and huge real estate.

2. Pastors with private jets in Nigeria

Aaaaand, the list of Nigerian pastors with private jets is here:

  • Bishop David Oyedepo

  • Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor

  • Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye


  • Pastor Temitope Balogun Joshua

  • Mike Okonkwo

  • and the already mentioned Chris Oyakhilome.


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