Evangelical poverty is not synonymous with the vow of poverty, but for some men of the Church, the Christian faith is the source of enormous gains. Today pastors make money from their congregation, wearing expensive clothing with a bodyguard on their side, driving high-end vehicles, holding luxury homes and even private tokens. In theory, a pastor is a religious figure charged with overseeing the activities of the members of his religious group; in Christianity, a pastor is seen as a leader who has been ordained by God with the mourning for quality guidance and support to his congregation. Here is the list of the top 10 richest pastors in Nigeria.
Who are Pastors?
A pastor is a consecrated Christian minister or priest with spiritual charge over a congregation or other group. A pastor also gives advice and advice to people from the community or municipality.
Three verses in the New Testament contain the word “pastor” (in various forms): Ephesians 4:11, Acts 20:28 and 1 Peter 5: 2, pastors are charged with the primary responsibility of teaching, but these verses examined demonstrate that responsibilities for pastors include more than just teaching.
Various pastors worldwide must offer humanity guidance to people who belong to the community. In the process, quite a few of them have become very rich through their ministries, churches and other investments. These men of God are a millionaires and famous all over the world.
Top 10 Richest Preacher in Nigeria
Here is the ranking of the ten wealthiest pastors in Nigeria.
10. Lazarus Muoka – $3 million
Lazarus is on number 10 in our rundown who leads The Lord`s Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement. His fortune is estimated at 3 million dollars. Muoka is the only pastor who has been not involved in any scandals related to collections of charities and money laundering.
9. Bishop Mike Okonkwo – $3 million
He founded The Redeemed Evangelic Mission in 1981. The Church who claimed to change the lives of people has also changed Okonkwo’s bank account to the figure of three million dollars. He owns a private jet and fascinating cars. His religious congregation became the largest in Nigeria as thousands of people attend his session at TREM.
8. Pastor Gbenga Oso – $3.5 million
This Nigerian preacher is a founder of the Laughter Foundation Church. He was named the richest pastor in Nigeria with an income of 3.5 million dollars, luxury cars, and million dollars residence. After the founding of the Laughter foundation church in 1997, the religious congregation became the largest in Nigeria. He helps hopeless couples to conceive babies and earns millions of dollars every year.
7. Pastor Chris Okotie – $12 million
He was called the best Nigerian televangelist who was the pop singer in the past. Chris Okotie is a writer, singer, and preacher. He earned a lot of money through his music in church. He is the head of the mega church, The Household of God Church which has thousands of members in Nigeria. His fortune is valued at 12 million dollars.
6. Bishop Ayodele Oritsejafor – $15 million
He is the founder of World of Life Bible Church in Nigeria, his preaching evangelical canvases yielded him a $ 15 million net worth, private jet, luxury cars and million dollars real estates.
5. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo – $20 million
Matthew Ashimolowo is the owner of the Kingsway International Christian Center. He has come a long way as a preacher in the Foursquare Gospel Church in Nigeria. He started his own business and now the religious congregation he founded is the largest Pentecostal church in Britain. He earned two hundred thousand dollars in annual revenue.
4. Prophet Temitope Babatunde Joshua – $25 million
His Synagogue Church Of All Nations sees fifteen thousand faithful gathered for worship every Sunday. It can count on revenues of fifteen million dollars. He is famous for his YouTube and television sermons that earned him twenty-five million dollars.
3. Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye – $50 million
He is the richest Nigerian pastor with $50 million net worth. He took over the charge of Redeemed Christian Church of God’s post in 1981 from P. Akindayomi. This church is considered the most powerful Nigerian church which has a presence in 198 countries all over the world. Nigeria has 14 thousand branches of this church. The main goal of Pastor Enoch Adejare is that he wants to construct a church within walking distance from every person’s home around the world. He is also famous for his so-called predictions. He advised his adept not to marry a woman who is not a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and a woman who can’t cook.
2. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome – $70 million
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome comes on number 2 in our rundown with a net worth of $70 million. He is popular for his unique style of praying. He is a founder of Christ Embassy Church which was previously known for Believer`s World Fellowship. The main practice of his preaching in church is sowing the seed in which every church member gives some money. According to reports, the church benefited millions of Naira every year with this preaching practice. If a member can’t give the little part of his earning, they can give their belongings such as mobile phones, vehicles, jewelry, and others.
1. Bishop David Oyedepo – $180 million
He is the richest pastor in Nigeria with a whopping $180 million net worth. It shows that serving God is very advantageous for pastors. He is a founder of multiple organizations including Living Faith World Outreach Ministry, Covenant University and Faith Academy. He owns his own publishing company which sells the books of Bishop David Oyedepo. He enjoys a lavish lifestyle as he has a private jet, luxury cars and real estate in Lagos State.
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These are the top 10 wealthiest preachers in Nigeria. The Gospel has yielded them several million dollars. Despite the saying of Jesus Christ: “You cannot serve God and money” (Luke 16.13), the Gospel has yielded them millions of dollars.
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