David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian preacher, Christian author, businessman, architect and the founder and presiding Bishop of the megachurch Faith Tabernacle in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners' Chapel International.
David Oyedepo Early Life
David Olaniyi Oyedepo was born on September 27, 1954 in Osogbo, Osun State. He was born to Ibrahim and Dorcas Oyedepo. David hails from Irepodun LGA, Omu-Aran, Kwara State. He was raised in a family of mixed faith as his father was a muslim while his mother attended the Cherubim and Seraphim church. However, his grandmother taught him christian values early as a child.
David attended Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin where he studied Architecture. Subsequently, he attended Honolulu University, Hawaii, USA and obtained Ph.D in Human Development.
At age 15, David gave his life to Christ in 1969, through the influence of his secondary school teacher, Betty Lasher. And in the following year, he shared his first gospel message. Later, in order to concentrate on his missionary work, he resigned from the Federal Ministry of Housing, Ilorin.
David mentioned how he received a mandate from God in an 18-hour vision in May 1981. According to him, the Lord Said “The hour has come to liberate the world from all oppressions of the devil through the preaching of the word of faith, and I am sending you to undertake this task.” That same year, Liberation Faith Hour Ministries now Living Faith Church Worldwide was established.
Later, on September 17, 1983, David Oyedepo was ordained Pastor along with his wife, Faith by Pastor Enoch Adeboye. Also, the church was commissioned on the same day. Five years later, David Oyedepo was ordained a bishop. David’s teachings centers on the Word of Faith.
David Oyedepo Personal Life
David married Florence Abiola now Faith Abiola Oyedepo on 1982. They are blessed with four children; David Jnr, Isaac, Love and Joyce Oyedepo; and grandchildren.
His sons – David and Isaac are pastors ordained by Kenneth Copeland in 2007. And his two daughters are also involved in the ministry.
Living Faith Church
David founded the Living Faith Church Worldwide also known as Winners’ Chapel International. It has branches in over 300 cities of the world. LFC started in Kaduna before moving to Lagos in July 1989 after an instruction from God.
The headquarters of Faith Tabernacle is a 17,000 acres facility known as Canaanland. It is also home to a 50,000-seater sanctuary recorded to be largest church auditorium in the world as at January 2008 in the Guinness Book of World Record.
Through the missionary arm of the church, World Mission Agency, the church established Dominion Publishing House which we will look at in details.
The church also owns Faith Academy, Covenant University, Kingdom Heritage Model School and Landmark University. It also launched the World of Faith Bible Institute where church leaders are taught christian principles.
The church is in the business of staring up God given potentials embedded in people of all race and nation. Additionally, the mission of the church is also to provide employment to thousands of people. The church currently employs more than 2000 people in Nigeria alone.
Dominion Publishing House
Dominion Publishing House, a publishing arm of the ministry was officially commissioned on December 5, 1992 by Pastor Adeboye at National Arts Theatre, Lagos. DPH has millions of prints in circulation. Under the publishing firm, David has published many of his own books. Some of which includes;
Anointing for Breakthrough, 1992
Covenant Wealth, 1992
Excellency of Wisdom, 1992
Towards Excellence in Life and Ministry, 1992
Releasing the Supernatural, 1992
Overcoming Forces of Wickedness, 1994
Breaking Financial Hardship, 1995
The Blood Triumph, 1995
The Healing Balm, 1996
The Force of Freedom, 1996
Breaking the Curses of Life, 1997
Fulfilling Your Days, 1998
Success In Marriage, 1999
Towards Mental Exploit, 2000
Word Encounters, 2003
Amazing Restoration, 2003
Mental Excellence: Testimonies of Career and Academic Exploits, 2003
Success Systems, 2006
On Eagles’s Wing: My First 30year Adventure in Ministry, 2013
Awards And Recognition
Bishop David Oyedepo has received numerous awards most especially in recognition of his philanthropic activities across Africa. Some of them include:
Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Bethel Graduate School of Technology, 1990
Name Inscribed in the Jerusalem 3000 Scroll #102268, 1990
Frontline Christian Author of the Year, ECOWAS International Gold Award, 1996
Enlisted on International Who is Who of Intellectuals, International Biographical Centre, 13th Edition, 1998.
Man of Dignity, Global Care International
Recognition of Leadership in Enhancing Academic and Research Excellence in Higher Education, Southern University and A&M College, 2011
Distinguished Award for Excellence in Education, Administration, and Leadership, Obafemi Awolowo University, 2012
Business Leadership Award, Gtext Media And Investment Limited, 2018
David Oyedepo Net Worth
According to Forbes in June 2011, David’s net worth was estimated at $150 million. He is the one of the wealthiest preacher in the world with so many investments within and outside the country.