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Top Nigerian Pentecostal Churches and their Founders

Pentecostal Churches and Their Founders

In this day and age, when people are faced with many problems, the church is where people go to find solutions to their predicaments. So when we narrow the discussion down to Nigeria, we understand why the numbers of Nigerian Pentecostal churches and their founders are increasing everyday.

If we are going to be true to ourselves, people are battling with life-threatening challenges and the only place they can find solace and comfort is in the preaching and prayers of pastors that are spread across the Nigerian Pentecostal churches.

So, you might want to ask, how many Pentecostal churches are there in Nigeria? Well, the truth is that we might lose count if we begin to list all of them. This is why I have compiled the top Nigerian Pentecostal Churches and their Founders for you in this post.

Top 5 Nigerian Pentecostal Churches and Their Founders

Just below, you will find the list of the top 5 Pentecostal Churches in Nigeria and their founders. Note, however, that the churches listed below follow in no particular order.

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Now, let’s get to know them!

1. The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)

The Redeemed Christian Church of God is easily one of the top Nigerian Pentecostal Churches. Founded in 1952, this faith-based church is known as one if not the largest in Nigeria.

It may interest you to know that Pastor Enoch Adeboye is not the founder of RCCG. He became the General Overseer of the church after the death of the real founder, Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi in 1980. Today, the Redeemed Christian Church of God can boast of 7 million members worldwide with 2000 parishes in Nigeria and an impressive presence on the international scene.

These awestriking numbers should inform you that there is something that endears people to this Nigerian Pentecostal church. For a fact, we know that the Holy Ghost Service program is one of those activities that attract millions of people to the ministry.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God headquarters is located at 1-9, Redemption Way, Ebute Metta, Lagos, Nigeria.

2. Deeper Life Bible Church

Deeper Life Bible Church stands out as one of the top Nigerian Pentecostal churches because of the unconventional doctrines and styles of its founder, Pastor Williams Folorunsho Kumuyi. In fact, the church is run based on the 22 core beliefs which include the Bible, Trinity, Repentance, Restitution and others.

Since its founding in 1973, the members of Deeper life are known for adhering strictly to their core doctrine of Holiness; which reflects in their ways of dressing, talking and socialising. The church is also one of the most populated pentecostal churches in Nigeria. Tt has a strong physical and online presence globally and on social media.

One of their programs that you will enjoy is the Bible Study which takes place every Monday evening. There, the founder of the church teaches practical Christian living with references from the Bible.

Recently, Deeper life began a Global Crusade with Kumuyi which is blessing people from different parts of the world. Reportedly, people with diverse kinds of longstanding problems receive solutions after the prayers of the evangelist.

The Church’s headquarters is located at Gbagada, Lagos, Nigeria.

3. Living Faith Church Worldwide

The Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners Chapel makes the list of our top 5 Nigerian Pentecostal Churches and their Founders because of its strong visibility both offline and online.

According to the founder, Bishop Oyedepo, God commissioned him in an 18-hour vision to preach about liberation and restoration from broken destinies. Interestingly, the church does not render less when it comes to emphasising the gospel of prosperity.

Reportedly, Bishop Oyedepo is the richest pastor on earth. This means that Living Faith Church is also one of the richest Nigerian Pentecostal churches that you will find out there.

4. Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM)

When you think of a Pentecostal church that believes so much in the power of prayer for miracles and deliverance, the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry should come to your mind. It is one of those Nigerian Pentecostal Churches that leverages the power of prayer to pull people out of their problems.

Pastor Daniel Kolawole Olukoya, DKO, founded MFM in 1989. Since, the church has grown into a large ministry with millions of members worldwide.

One of the few things that makes MFM unique from other pentecostal churches in Nigeria is the leadership style. They capitalise more on deliverance ministry than promoting prosperity. The belief is that many people in the web of ancestral battles and they need divine freedom.

That aside, the church invests in sports and music. This alone is an important factor that has attracted many youths to the ministry over the years.

5. Christ Embassy

Christ Embassy is another top Nigerian Pentecostal church. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome founded the church in 1987. It is also known as the Believers’ Loveworld.

Like other faith-based churches mentioned earlier, Christ Embassy has millions of followers across the continents of the world. And, if you ask why, the pastor Chris’ led church has an ensemble of programs and publications that meet the needs of the congregation.

With a whopping 13 million followers, Christ Embassy holds top-tier programs. These include the International Ministers Conference, Partners Conference, Healing School and the rest. The church also has at least seven TV stations and publications which they use to reach a wider audience.

But, if the writer would say his opinion about Christ Embassy, it must be the fact that the church is charismatic. Also, it has some of the men of God who endear people with their gimmicks and body moves while preaching.

That is the list of the top 5 Nigerian Pentecostal churches and their founders.

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