Where a man works shall he reap from thus says the Christian Holy Scripture. Pastor in its Latin origin means “shepherd.” In other words, a pastor is someone who guides his flocks to Christ. A minister in charge of a church.
In the days of Elijah, Moses, and Elisha to name but a few, the servants of God were seen to be poor in the human eyes of material wealth but rich in anointing. That seems to have taken a new turn as this modern era sees the Christian pastors dragging position of wealth with politicians and businessmen. Coupled with the fact that churches are exempted from paying taxes, how richer could they get?
With no much ado, here are the list of the top five richest pastors in Nigeria beginning from the fifth:
5 Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo
He was born in 1952. He is a senior Pastor of one of the biggest Pentecostal churches in London Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC). He converted from Islam to Christianity at the age of 20 upon his father’s death. Forbes estimated his net worth to be $20 million. He is the fifth richest Pastor to come out of Nigeria. He has a lot of properties to his name.
4 Pastor T.B Joshua
Pastor T. B Joshua is the founder and General overseer of The Synagogue Church of All Nation and the owner of Emmanuel TV a faith based TV station. He is also a televangelist and a philanthropist. His channel on YouTube amasses a lot of viewership. He is said to be worth $25 million.
3 Pastor Enoch Adeboye
He is the General Overseer of the renowned Redeem Christian Church of God worldwide. He took over from Papa Akindayomi in 1981. He was born in Ifeware in 1942. Redeemed Christian Church of God has branches in 192 nations. Adeboye is said to worth $50 million.
2 Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
He was born in 1961. He is the founding father of Believers Love World aka Christ Embassy. He was married to Rev Anita Ebhodaghe from 1991-2016. Pastor Chris believes so much in seed sowing and that is what forms mostly part of teachings. He is worth $70 million.
1 Pastor David Ayedope
Nobody tops the list like Pastor David Oyedepo who has a lot of properties, business entities and a private jet to his name. He is the founder of Living Faith Church also known as Winners Chapels. He is the owner of Dominion Publishing House, which houses all his books. He is also a founder of the Covenant University and Faith Academy. He is worth a daunting sum of $180 billion.