These Billionaire Pastors Will Make You Wonder If Church Is a Business
The old belief people had about pastors was that they were poor and only depend on making heaven for them to be rewarded for their works. That’s an old story. Pastors are now doing well for themselves and this is encouraging lots of people to aspire to be pastors. Who doesn’t love the luxury and comfort being enjoyed by most Nigerian pastors?
One of the reasons that can be attributed to this wealth is the fact that churches do not pay taxes. Thus, all the revenues generated by the church stay in the church and the General Overseer decides how the money will be utilized.
These 5 Nigerian pastors are always ranked among the richest pastors in the world. While others have grudges about this, some believe they are doing the Lord’s work and the riches are simply God’s way of blessing them.
Below are the richest pastors in Nigeria. They’ll definitely make you wonder if church is a business.
1. Bishop David Oyedepo
He is the richest pastor in Nigeria and also one of the richest in the world. He has two private jets and lots of expensive cars. He is the founder and General Overseer of Living Faith World Outreach Ministry (also known as Winners Chapel).
He established institutions such as Covenant University and Landmark University which were established in 2002 and 2011 respectively.
He is blessed with a wife and four children. His net worth is over $150 million. This means more than 30 million Naira weekly.
2. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
3. Pastor Enoch Adeboye
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is a Nigerian pastor and the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God Pastor Adeboye had his B.Sc. in Mathematics at University of Nigeria Nsukka. Redeemed Christian church of God is the most populous church in Nigeria, this means members are able to give a lot in tithe and offering. Daddy G. O as he is popularly know was formerly a lecturer and has built his wealth from private business and his books. He worth about 48 million dollars.
4. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo
Pastor Ashimolowo is one of the pastors with investments outside the ministry. His main investments are found in real estate investment and the media. He worth about 40 million dollars. He is the founder and General overseer of Kingsway International Christian Centre.
5. Prophet Temitope Joshua
Prophet Temitope Balogun Joshua, also known as T. B. Joshua, is a Nigerian prophet. He is the leader and founder of The Synagogue, Church of All Nations and Emmanuel TV television station which operates from Lagos. T. B. Joshua has been in the pastoral work for decades. He is one of the most general pastors in the Nigeria. He worth over 15 million dollars. He is blessed with a wife and three children.