The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) is a pentecostal mega church founded in Lagos.The General overseer is Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye ordained in 1981.
Since 1981, an open explosion began with the number of parishes growing in leaps and bounds. At the last count, there are at least about 2000 parishes of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria. On the International scene, the church is present in other African nations including C’ote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Gambia, Cameroon, and South Africa. In Europe,America ,Asia and all over the world the church is spreading. Operating such a huge ministry requires formidable men of God
In this piece are ten of the most influential individuals in the Ministry.
1. Pastor E.A Odeshola
Pastor E.A Odeshola is the Assistant General Overseer in charge of administration and personnel and as such is highly regarded as the operational fulcrum of the ministry. He is also the pastor in charge of Region 1, National headquarters of the Church. Pastor Odeshola,a professor of divinity with trinity International is a trained Engineer before he went into full time ministry and he is known to be close to the Adeboyes having had over 4 decades of relationship with them.
2. Pastor. E. A. Odeyemi
Pastor. E. A. Odeyemi , is the Regional Pastor (Northern Region) and Assistant General Overseer in charge of .Education and Training. Since 1988 he has been involved with Christ the Redeemers Ministries and brings a wealth of experience spanning over three decades in administration, youth ministry, training and development. He is a member of the Governing Council of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and founded CADAM an arm of the ministry dedicated to drug abuse prevention and rehabilitation .Pastor Odeyemi is one of the most respected pastors in the Redeemed Christian Church settings, highly regarded for his intellectual acumen as well as his ministerial grace and excellence . He was formerly the Pastor-In-Charge of Central African Region until he was posted to Abuja and it took the special grace upon him to gather back multitudes at the Abuja regional headquarters parish, which was heavily depleted by the successive exits of Pastor Peter Balogun and Pastor Mathew Morakinyo from the Ministry.
3. Pastor Idowu Iluyomade:
Pastor Idowu IIuyomade , a trained lawyer and the Special Assistant to the General Overseer on Christian Social responsibility .Pastor Idowu is one man that is cherished by many Redeemed members most especially, the Adeboyes . He is also one of the strong pastors who call the shots in redeemed church
He heads the Apapa Family of the Church. The Apapa Family has 10 Lagos provinces, 2 provinces in OYO and chapters in Europe,USA and Asia,with over 1500 parishes spread across the globe .He is also the Pastor in charge of The City of David Parish of the Church , a parish which stands out amongst others and attended by top politicians, rich celebrities and corporate titans from all walks of life .
Pastor Iluyomade presides over Excel Conference ,a project which has revolutionize christian social responsibility . They are involved in community social responsibility .So far, they have provided boreholes for Military formations across Lagos, equipped the libraries of over 350 public schools, established the Cancer Screening and Diagnostic Centre in Surulere, Lagos and have been feeding about 60,000 people every Sunday in Lagos .
4. Pastor Foluke Adeboye
The Mother in Isreal as she is popularly called is the wife of Pastor Enoch Adeboye. She got married to her husband on the 17th December 1967.She was born in 1948 and often seen with her husband in his preaching engagement .She was ordained a pastor in 1996 an known for her skills in administration and hospitality. Her Counseling and mentoring has been an encouragement to millions across the globe.
5.Pastor Johnson Oluwatomisin (Tomisin) Kalejaiye
Pastor Kalejaiye, known as J.T is one of the most popular pastor in the RCCG circle .He holds forth as the Special Assistant to the General Overseer on Evangelism. God has used him to liberate thousands from the oppression of the devil through his Anointing Services, which has ran for over 20 years. The Ilaje-born fisherman- turned-accountant holds the weekly anointing services in about five locations in Lagos and also organize similar Programme in over 14 States and around the world.
6.PASTOR AGU IRUKWU
Pastor Agu Irukwu is the Special Assistant to the RCCG General Overseer and a member of RCCGs World Advisory Council. He is also Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Executive Council of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in the United Kingdom (UK) and serves as Chairman of the RCCG UK Regional Board.
He is the Senior Pastor of Jesus House for all the Nations, London, a parish of the RCCG acknowledged to be one of the fastest-growing Black Majority Churches in England, with about 3000 people attending its several services on Sundays. He also oversee RCCG UKs over 700 parishes and is chair of Festival of Life a prayer gathering that regularly attracts 50,000 people. Pastor Agu was elected Churches Together in England (CTE) Pentecostal President in 2017, making him one of six CTE Presidents and he was once voted as Britains Most Inspirational Black Person
7.Pastor Adeolu Adeboye
Pastor Adeolu Adeboye, is considered by numerous individuals as very influential by the virtue of being the first born of Daddy G.O Adeboye. He is extolled for several groundbreaking ideas he brings to bear in the church, he dedicates his life to establishi and institutionalize the efficiency of all The Redeemed Christian Church Of Gods (RCCG) processes and standard of operations. Through his ministry and department, Team Nehemiah, he provides an effective standard of security and traffic control on the grounds of the Redemption Camp.
8 Pastor Joseph O. Obayemi
Pastor Joseph O. Obayemi, is the National overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) , a member of the governing council and the Pastor in charge of the Overcomers family , Region 2.Before his elevation to the post of National overseer, He was the special assistant to the G.O on finance and the head of the board of Governors ,House fellowship of the RCCG Body. He coordinates the internal working of the Nigerian Parishes .
9. Pastor Kunle Ajayi
To say that pastor Kunle Ajayi is close to the Adeboyes is likening their relationship to a snail and its shell . He is Pastor Adeboyes official saxophonist, who ushers him into any ministration. Pastor Kunle Ajayi shares a very strong bond with Pastor Adeboye and his wife,Folu.having been with them for over 30 years. Pastor Ajayi who was born on June 16, 1964, in Mushin area of Lagos State is the National Music Director of the Redeemed Church of God and leads the RCCG Mass Choir ,considered to be one of the largest choral group in the World .
10. Leke Adeboye
He is the last born of the General overseer and also serves in the position of the Senior Personal Assistant to his father, the General Overseer. He is a member of the executive board of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Worldwide Youth and Young Adults Ministry. He is exceptionally gifted and passionate in training youths and young adults. The Engineering Project Management Master holder is believed to wield enormous influence. Apart from his work as Personal assistant ,he also has other responsibilities , among which is leading the Multi Million naira ,RCCG Owned , Halleluyah records ,the music label founded by the General overseer to preach the word of God through music