On July 29, 1973, Pastor Enoch Adeboye made a personal commitment to Christ through the ministry of Reverend Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, the founder and first general overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God. Reverend Akindayomi was uneducated but was supernaturally endowed with the ability to read the Holy Bible in his native language.
Ordained a Pastor in RCCG in 1977, Pastor Adeboye received a solid foundation in the scriptures, and unbeknownst to him, being groomed for the future assignment under the tutelage of Reverend Akindayomi. He manifested an incredible passion for the work of the Lord by pioneering Bible study meetings, crusades, revivals, outreaches and the evangelistic programs known as the Congress. These were very successfully conducted in various cities all over South-West Nigeria.
In 1981, when the founder passed to glory, the baton of leadership was handed over to him by divine orchestration and on January 15, 2021, Pastor Adeboye celebrated 40 years as General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. His appointment as General Overseer terminated his academic career, and as a result, he set his heart on taking RCCG to the next level of ministry, where all strata of society could be involved in the ministry without compromising the true worship of God. This led to the establishment of the “Model Parishes” through which countless millions in the upper echelons of the society have come to know the Lord. The poor, needy and downtrodden have not been ignored, as Enoch Adeboye has a deep compassion for souls.
Soon after this came the Holy Ghost Services (HGS) in the mid-1980s. The HGS featured a night of praise, worship, prayer, soul-winning, deliverance, testimonies and the preaching of God’s Word once a month. Initially held on the premises of the ministry’s headquarters in Lagos, space constraints required a change in location. This led to the purchase of a massive piece of uninhabited forest land located in the suburbs of Ogun State, South West Nigeria. This piece of land is now known as The Redemption Camp. The HGS has been consistently held for over twenty years now and today, the crowd in attendance run in the millions every month.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye was launched into international prominence on December 18, 1998, when he hosted the very first Holy Ghost Congress (open air meeting) in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria with an attendance of over 7 million people as reported by CNN and the BBC. It constitutes the largest mobilization of people in one spot on the surface of the earth, a feat never before recorded.
The following year, attendance at the Holy Ghost Congress (HGC) grew to 12 million worshippers. This program has since been replaced with the annual 3-Day HGC held every December at the Redemption Camp. Much like other programs in RCCG, the HGC has witnessed its transformations also. From a one night event in 1998 to a weeklong program today. At each and every one of these events, many souls are won for Christ, and the power of God moves freely to heal, anoint, and empower. His trademark of humility is disarming and endearing, enabling him to easily share his testimony of the Gospel. His passion for soul-winning feeds his passion for church-planting, and through this, countless people have been inspired to follow him and serve the Lord in the ministry.
Pastor Enoch Adeboye always wears a pinstriped suit, a gleaming white shirt and a bow tie. Baba Adeboye (as he is fondly called) is known around the globe having preached in remote African villages and in the heart of major cities in United States and Europe. Since 1981, when he became the General Overseer of RCCG, he has been accorded the opportunity to conduct preaching missions in virtually every continents of the world.

He conducts his ministry through the RCCG, including:

  • The monthly Holy Ghost Service (HGS) [open air meeting] in Nigeria with an average attendance of over 1 million people.
  • The annual March 3-Day Special Holy Ghost Service (SHGS) [open air meeting] in Nigeria with an average attendance of over 6 million people.
  • The annual December weeklong Holy Ghost Congress (HGC) [open air meeting] in Nigeria with an average attendance of over 12 million people.
  • The quarterly Festival of Life [indoor revival meeting] in London, UK and various cities in the US with an average attendance of over 50,000 people in the (UK) and 10,000 in the (US) respectively.
  • The annual RCCG Conventions in Nigeria, UK, Asia and the US with an average attendance of over 7 million (Nigeria), 50,000 (UK) and 10,000 (US)
  • The annual RCCG Leadership and Discipleship Conferences and Retreats all over the world.
  • Television programs are broadcast on a digital-cable channel called Open Heavens TV, Liveway TV and Satellite radio.
  • Writing over 60 books, especially His daily devotional manual (Open Heavens), with over 1 million published annually, available in English, French and other major languages of the world is globally-distributed and widely-read.
His life substantiates the scriptures in Zechariah 4: 10 which states: Do not despise these small beginnings… His life and over 30 years of full-time ministry around the world is remarkable in every sense. From humble beginnings as the son of a peasant farmer in Nigeria to one of the most influential people in the world.
Pastor Adeboye’s counsel is sought by presidents, and his appeal in secular and religious arenas is evidenced by the wide range of groups that have honored him, including numerous honorary doctorates from many institutions in the Nigeria and abroad in appreciation of his contributions to humanity.

Pastor E. A. Adeboye’s Awards & Recognitions include:

1999 – Received honorary citizenship and key of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
2000 – Dedicated the first chapel in the Nigerian Presidential Villa, Abuja, Nigeria.
2002 – Received the key to the city of Detroit, Michigan.
2005 – Received honorary citizenship and key of Dallas, Texas, USA.
2005 – Received honorary citizenship and key of Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
2008 – Awarded a National Honor (Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria)
2009 – Led the Pre-Summit Prayers at the 64th General Assembly of the United Nations (NewYork)
2009 – Named one of The World’s Fifty Most Powerful People by Newsweek Magazine (USA)
2009 – Awarded honorary doctorate degree – University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria.
2009 – Awarded honorary doctorate degree – University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria.
2009 – Awarded honorary doctorate degree in Theology – Canada Christian College, Canada.
2010 – Awarded a National Sports Honor (Spiritual Pillar of Nigerian Sports).
2011 – Chaired United Nations Global Summit on the Road Map to a Culture of Peace in the Middle East.
2011 – Awarded honorary doctorate degree – University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
2011 – Received award as the Best/Most Profitable Icon/Personality in Nigeria
2014 – Awarded National Honour – (CON) Commander of the Order of the Niger
2015 – Awarded Honorary Doctor of Science – University of Lagos
2015 – Certificate of Recognition – The Congress of The United States of America
2015 – Presidential Merit Award – The Nigerian Society of Engineers

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