Enoch Adejare Adeboye (born 2 March 1943) is a Nigerian pastor, and the present General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church of God. He served as the second national president of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria.

Enoch Adeboye
Enoch Adeboye
2nd President of PFN
In office
PrecedingRedeemed Christian Church of God
Preceded byJames Boyejo
Succeeded byBenson Idahosa
Personal details
Enoch Adejare Adeboye

(1942-03-02) 2 March 1942 (age 81)
Ifewara, Southern Region, British Nigeria (now Ifewara, Osun State, Nigeria)
(m. 1967)
OccupationPastor, professor

Early life edit

Enoch Adejare Adeboye was born on 2 March 1942 in Ifewara, near Ife, in the then Southern Region, British Nigeria.[1] He was born into a very humble family.[2]

Education edit

Enoch Adejare Adeboye started his education at Ilesha Grammar School Ilesha Osun State in 1956.[3] Enoch Adejare Adeboye then proceeded to the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) in Nsukka, but because of the Nigeria Civil War, he completed his first degree in the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 1967.[4][5]

In 1969, he obtained a Master's degree in Hydrodynamics from University of Lagos. In 1975, he obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Lagos.[6][7]

Ministry edit

Adejare Adeboye joined the Redemed Christian Church of God in 1973 and served as an interpreter before he was ordained a pastor in the church by Pa. Josiah Akindayomi in 1975.[8][9] He became General Overseer of the church in 1981.[10] For three years, he filled the role part-time at Unilorin before giving up his university position to preach full-time.[11][12]

The church which was not well known before Adeboye became the General Overseer, has branches in about 198[1] nations as of (March 2017), including more than 14,000,000 worshipers in Nigeria.[13] Adeboye has stated that he aims to put a church within five minutes walking distance in developing cities and five minutes driving distance in developed cities.[11]

Adeboye is considered a preacher of the prosperity gospel,[14] a claim he does not deny, saying that "Pentecostals have such an impact because they talk of the here and now, not just the by and by… while we have to worry about heaven, there are some things God could do for us in the here and now."[15]

Following new legislation that placed limits on non-profit leadership to 20 years of service and less than 70 years of age,[16] Pastor Adeboye is still serving as the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide.[17]

He celebrated his 80th birthday in 2022, Adeboye's foundation donated eight dialysis machines to Wuse District Hospital, together with a reverse osmosis medical water purification system and an electrical generator.[18]

Publications edit

Adeboye has written several books, including:[19][20]

  • Open Heavens Daily Devotional
  • Lessons from the Sower
  • Christian Moderator
  • Deadly Enemy of Man
  • Divine Favour
  • Kingdom Prosperity
  • Fruits of the Spirit
  • God of Wonders
  • God’s Remembrance and Deliverance
  • Prevailing Prayers
  • The Wonder Working God
  • Transitions
  • Mathematics & Greatness

University endowments edit

Adeboye has endowed four[21] Nigerian universities, including Obafemi Awolowo University[22] and the University of Nigeria.[23]

Awards and recognition edit

  • 1 of the 50 most powerful people in the world by Newsweek (2008)[11]
  • Adeboye was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2019.[24]

Honorary doctorates edit

He has received several honorary doctorates.[25]

Personal life edit

Adeboye married Folu Adeboye on 17 December 1967. He is a father to four children (three sons and a daughter) and several grandchildren from the marriage. Pastor Enoch Adeboye lost his son Dare Adeboye on 4 May 2021, who died at the age of 42.[29][30][31] In May 2023, a film titled “Enoch” was aired, the movie gives a biopic on the life of Pastor Adeboye to celebrate his 81st birthday and Adeola Emmanuel Abolaji starred as the lead actor [32][33]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b Christine Chisha, Pastor Enoch Adeboye: Trademark of humility, daily-mail.co.zm, Zambia, 16 November 2014
  2. ^ EAA. "The Official Website of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye | Enoch Adeboye". The Official Website of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  3. ^ "About Pst. E.A. Adeboye – RUSSIAN". Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  4. ^ Vanguardngr, 76 Garlands for Adeboye, vanguardngr.com, Nigeria, 2 March 2018
  5. ^ "The Official Website of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye". The Official Website of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye. Retrieved 8 May 2023.
  6. ^ "Adeboye, 3 women mathematicians bag highest award". Vanguard News. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  7. ^ Punchng, Adeboye's story: From the lecture hall to global pulpit, punchng.com, Nigeria, 8 January 2017
  8. ^ "Why Adeboye was ordained pastor in 2 years". TheCable. 14 June 2020. Retrieved 27 January 2021.
  9. ^ "How Adeboye became RCCG's General Overseer | Premium Times Nigeria". 14 February 2021. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  10. ^ Enoch, Adeboye. "About Enoch Adeboye – EAAdeboye.com". eaadeboye.com. Enoch Adejare Adeboye. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  11. ^ a b c Lisa Miller, The Newsweek 50: E. A. Adeboye, Newsweek.com, 20 December 2008
  12. ^ African instituted churches, Rufus Okikiolaolu Olubiyi Ositelu. LIT Verlag Berlin-Hamburg-Münster
  13. ^ Times, Premium (14 February 2021). "How Adeboye became RCCG's General Overseer". Premium Times Nigeria. Retrieved 22 September 2022.
  14. ^ Goka Muele Mpigi (29 September 2017). "The prosperity theology's impact on the contemporary Nigerian Church and society". Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, Akwa Ibom State University. Academia.edu. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  15. ^ John Thomas Didymus (5 November 2011). "Op-Ed: Nigerian prosperity gospel churches fleece the poor". Digital Journal. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  16. ^ Alison Culliford (28 June 2019). "The 100 most influential Africans". the africa report. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  17. ^ "Pastor Adeboye retires as General Overseer of RCCG". Vanguard News. Retrieved 19 March 2022.
  18. ^ "Foundation commemorates Adeboye's birthday with donations in Abuja, Bauchi". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 21 February 2022. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  19. ^ PreacherMan, The; JOE, IBEH C.; JOE, IBEH C.; JOE, IBEH C. (15 June 2021). "Download All Pastor E.A Adeboye Books (PDF) Till Date". The Preachers' Portal. Retrieved 6 August 2022.
  20. ^ "Download All PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE Books PDF (Direct Download Link) » Naijasermons". 28 November 2020. Retrieved 6 August 2022.
  21. ^ "Pastor Adeboye Donates 50 Million Naira To Obafemi Awolowo University - INFORMATION NIGERIA". INFORMATION NIGERIA. 3 June 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Endowment of Professorial Chair in Mathematics: Pastor Adeboye gives fifty (50) Million Naira to OAU". OAU. Archived from the original on 5 June 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  23. ^ Eyobok & Latona, sam & Olayinka (6 June 2011). "Adeboye endows N50m Professorial Chair in Maths at UNN". Vanguard Nigeria. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  24. ^ Africa, Ventures (9 October 2019). "Top 10 Nigerians in Africa Report's 100 most influential Africans". Ventures Africa. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  25. ^ Media Nigeria, Pastor E.A. Adeboye Awards and Recognitions, medianigeria.com, Nigeria, March 2, 2020
  26. ^ Daily Post, Pastor Adeboye bags OAU honorary doctorate degree award, dailypost.ng, Nigeria, January 16, 2016
  27. ^ Taiwo Ojoye, UNN honours Adeboye with doctorate degree, punchng.com, Nigeria, 25th January 2017
  28. ^ Taiwo Ojoye, Pastor Adeboye gets honorary doctorate from Oklahoma varsity, punchng.com, Nigeria, 1st May 2022
  29. ^ "The love story of the Adeboyes". 16 July 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  30. ^ "Foluke Adeboye: Celebrating a Mother in Israel at 69". 9 July 2017. Retrieved 7 April 2021.
  31. ^ Nkem Ikeke, Pastor Adeboye Reveals The Secret To His Marriage, legit.ng, Nigeria, 21 February 2015
  32. ^ Eze, Chinelo (7 March 2023). "Enoch: The Biopic On The Life Of Adejare Adeboye". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. Retrieved 29 May 2023.

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