Biography of Bishop David Oyedepo , Ministry, Foundation Profile & Net Worth
Posted By: Chibyke
on February 22, 2019
Biography of Bishop David Oyedepo , Ministry, Foundation , His Complete Profile , House & Net Worth
Pastor, Bishop David Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, preacher and the founder of Living Faith Church World Wide, popularly known as Winner’s Chapel, and its affiliated international churches known as Winners Chapel International, with headquarters in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Faith Tabernacle, of which he is the senior pastor is a 50,000 seat church auditorium, reported being the largest single church auditorium in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.
Bishop David Oyedepo as fondly called “ Papa ” by his congregation is a distinguished man of God. Here are some things you should know about this great servant of God.
Bishop David Olaniyi Oyedepo was born in Osogbo on the 27th of September 1954 but is a native of Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Nigeria. His clan, Odo-oro (place of wealth) and family lineage believe in hard work. He was raised in a mixed religious family, his father, Ibrahim, was a Muslim healer.
His mother, Dorcas, was a member of the Eternal Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement (C&S), a branch of the Aladura movement in Nigeria. He was raised by his grandmother in Osogbo who was a devout Anglican. It was his grandmother that inculcated in him the virtues of Christian life. She also dug a spiritual foundation for him, upon which he has built his life and ministry today.
Very little is known about his primary and secondary school education, but Bishop Oyedepo studied Architecture at Kwara State Polytechnic now Kwara State University and worked briefly with the Federal Ministry of Housing in Ilorin before resigning to concentrate on missionary work.
He also gained a Ph.D. in Human Development from Honolulu University, Hawaii, United States of America.
Bishop David Oyedepo was born again on February 19, 1969, when he was only 15 years old, through the influence of his missionary teacher, one Ms. Betty Lasher, who took a special interest in him during his secondary school days.
He first shared the gospel in March 1970 and he has not looked back since then. Having rejected a charm his father gave him, he developed whitlow on a finger on his right hand. As a secondary school student, he once challenged God to heal him of tuberculosis after his mates shifted their beds away from him, and he was healed.
David Oyedepo’s ministry began in 1981 after an 18-hour vision in May 1981 where, according to him, God gave him the mandate to preach the word of faith and liberate the world from the oppression of the devil. This led to the founding and inauguration of the Living Faith Church World Wide (LFCW), first called Liberation Faith Hour Ministries, in 1981. Two years later, he was ordained, alongside his wife, Florence Abiola Akano is now known as Faith Abiola Oyedepo to become pastors by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). Adeboye also commissioned the new church.
Five years later, Oyedepo was ordained as Bishop. His church which was also known as the Winners Chapel began to flourish.
The church started in in Kaduna but moved to Lagos, the then capital of Nigeria in July 1989. Bishop David Oyedepo Ministries International include; four private jets, estates, restaurants, shopping stores, bakery, processing plants, commercial properties and educational institutions etc. Bishop David Oyedepo’s Faith Tabernacle, Ota, which he heads, seats 50,000 people. It is reported to be the largest church auditorium in the world, benchmarked in the Guinness Book of Records in 2008 and 2009.
It was built within 12 months, debt free, a feat which many describe as only a “miracle” as it should take at least three years to complete such edifice. This 50,000-seat edifice was dedicated on September 18, 1999, under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Dominion Publishing House DPH
Bishop Oyedepo has written over 70 Christian, inspirational and motivational books owing to the fact that the church also operates its own publishing house, called Dominion Publishing House (DPH), commissioned on December 5, 1992,which has also published mini books, magazines, and other resources. DPH has over 4 million prints in circulation to date. He is the Chairman/Publisher of Dominion Publishing House (DPH). Some of his bestselling books include; Pillars of Faith, Born to Win, Possessing your Possession, amongst others.
Kingdom Heritage Model School, Canaan land, Ota Kingdom Heritage Model School, Canaanland, Ota is a private school (crèche – primary), born out of a vision given to Bishop David Oyedepo by God.
The school came to fulfilment on the 13th of January, 2003 and was dedicated to God same day and in that dedication service, God’s servant announced that the essence of setting up this great institution is to raise high-ranking spiritual giants that will bring honour and dignity to their fatherland. One hundred and fifty pupils registered into their various classrooms on resumption.