Gone are the days when church rats were poor and pastors had to wait to get to heaven before they could get their rewards. These days, pastors are doing so well for themselves and a lot of people are actually being encouraged to become pastors themselves — if only to enjoy the luxury and comfort that being a pastor brings.
A major contributor to the exponentially increasing wealth of Nigerian Pastors is that churches do not pay taxes. So, whatever income the church makes stays in the church, where the founder or General Overseer then decides how the money would be put to use. Many Nigerian Pastors would make many businessmen or civil servants green with envy with their impressive assets and fat bank accounts.
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Recently, an article was written in an international magazine about the richest pastors in the world and five Nigerian Pastors made the list. While some people would argue that it was insensitive for pastors in a country as poor as Nigeria — where thousands die every day due to hunger and ailments as mild as malaria — to keep such enormous amounts of wealth to themselves, others would argue that they are doing the Lord’s work and those riches are God’s blessings for doing His work. Well, that’s not for us to judge.
But just so you know, here are the top ten richest pastors in Nigeria — and what they are worth.
1. Bishop David Oyedepo
He remains the unchallenged richest pastor in Nigeria and one of the richest pastors in the world with two solid private jets and dozens of expensive cars to his name. He is the founder and General overseer of Living Faith World Outreach Ministry popularly known as Winners Chapel. He established some educational institutions from which he makes regular income such as Convenient University, Ota, which he established in 2002 and Landmark University, Omu-Aran, established in 2011.
Blessed with a wife and four children, Bishop David Oyedepo is said to have a net worth of over $150 million makes more than 30 million naira weekly.
2. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is worth between $30million and $50 million and his pending divorce case from his wife of many years, Rev. Anita Oyakhilome, doesn’t seem to be slowing him down. He is the pastor and founder of Christ Embassy, and he has a number of other investments from real estate to television stations and hotels.
3. Pastor Enoch Adeboye
He is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. He is said to have a personal net worth of over N48million.
4. Prophet Temitope Babatunde Joshua
Fifty-one year old Prophet T.B. Joshua has been propagating the gospel for several decades now. The founder of Synagogue Church of All Nations and Owner of Emmanuel TV, an evangelism TV station is said to be worth over $15 million. He is also blessed with a wife and children.
5. Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo
Pastor Matthew Ashimilowo is also one of those pastors with huge investments outside the ministry. His major investments are in real estate and the media, and he is said to earn more than $200,000 every year and is worth about $40million. He is the founder and general overseer of one of the Largest Pentecostal church in the United Kingdom, Kingsway International Christian Centre.