Enoch Adejare Adeboye
|Employer||Redeemed Christian Church of God, University of Lagos|
Foluke Adenike Adeboye
Enoch Adejare Adeboye was born on 2 March 1942 in Ifewara, near Ife, in Osun State, Nigeria. Born to a very humble background, he humorously recalls that even poor people called them (his family) poor. 
He went to the University of NIgeria (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. That same year, he married Foluke Adenike. They have four children namely: Adeolu Adeboye, Bolu Adubi (née Adeboye), Leke Adeboye and Dare Adeboye. In 1969, he obtained a master's degree in hydrodynamics from University of Lagos. He joined the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 1973 and began interpreting Yoruba to English by Pastor Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi. In 1975, he obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Lagos. He holds a position as Professor of Mathematics at University of Lagos.
He was ordained a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 1977. He became General Overseer of the church in 1981. For three years, he filled the role part-time at Unilorin before giving up his university position to preach full-time.
The church, which was not well known prior to Adeboye becoming the General Overseer, has branches in about 196 nations (as at March 2017), including more than 14,000,000 in Nigeria. Adeboye has stated that his aim is to put a church within five minutes walking distance in developing cities and five minutes driving distance in developed cities.
Adeboye is considered a preacher of the Prosperity gospel, 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."
Awards and recognitionEdit
- Christine Chisha, Pastor Enoch Adeboye: Trademark of humility, daily-mail.co.zm, Zambia, 16 November 2014
- EAA. "The Official Website of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye | Enoch Adeboye". The Official Website of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
- Vanguardngr, 76 Garlands for Adeboye, vanguardngr.com, Nigeria, 2 March 2018
- Nkem Ikeke, Pastor Adeboye Reveals The Secret To His Marriage, legit.ng, Nigeria, 21 February 2015
- Punchng, Adeboye's story: From lecture hall to global pulpit, punchng.com, Nigeria, 8 January 2017
- CHRISTINE CHISHA, Pastor Enock Adeboye: Trademark of humility, daily-mail.co.zm, Zambia, 16 November 2014
- Enoch, Adeboye. "About Enoch Adeboye – EAAdeboye.com". eaadeboye.com. Enoch Adejare Adeboye. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
- Lisa Miller, The Newsweek 50: E. A. Adeboye, Newsweek.com, 20 December 2008
- African instituted churches, Rufus Okikiolaolu Olubiyi Ositelu. LIT Verlag Berlin-Hamburg-Münster
- 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.
- John Thomas Didymus (5 November 2011). "Op-Ed: Nigerian prosperity gospel churches fleece the poor". Digital Journal. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "Pastor Adeboye Donates 50 Million Naira To Obafemi Awolowo University - INFORMATION NIGERIA". INFORMATION NIGERIA. 3 June 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
- "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.
- Eyobok & Latona, sam & Olayinka (6 June 2011). "Adeboye endows N50m Professorial Chair in Maths at UNN". Vanguard Nigeria. Retrieved 27 March 2014.