MEET BISHOP DAVID O. OYEDEPO, PRESIDENT OF LIVING FAITH CHURCH WORLDWIDE
Bishop David O. Oyedepo (born September 27, 1954) is a Nigerian Christian author, preacher, the founder and presiding Bishop of the Living Faith Church, World Wide, also known as
Winners’ Chapel, and its affiliated international churches known as Winners’ Chapel International, with headquarters in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria.
THE LIBERATION MANDATE
Between May 1st and 2nd 1981, he had a very remarkable encounter with God in a vision. He saw a parade of suffering masses, agonizing for rescue. The sight was so terrible and even more so was the sound of their cries, groaning, and wailings, which made him feel their pangs and pains in his being. He said, “I also began to sob and cry. Then the Lord said to me; But from the beginning, it was not so! God did not create man for suffering and agonies; His product was tampered with and corrupted. What I saw in that vision was not the original creation of God, but the oppression of the devil, which is what we see all over the world today. It manifests in sickness, disease, shame, nakedness, and barrenness. But thank God there is a way out! The vision ended with God saying these words to me:
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.
From this encounter, as mandated by God, Bishop David Oyedepo took off into destiny gradually and grew from a church of 3 members (and as he would say humorously, “two and
a half members” )in 1983 to a congregation of millions. Oyedepo studied Architecture at the former Kwara State Polytechnic, and worked briefly with the Federal Ministry of Housing in Ilorin, before resigning to concentrate on missionary work. Bishop David Oyedepo received a Ph.D. in Human Development from Honolulu University,
Hawaii, United States.
After the encounter of the Liberation Mandate; Living Faith Church World Wide (LFCWW) emerged, first called Liberation Faith Hour Ministries, in 1981. Bishop Oyedepo was commissioned into ministry on September 17, 1983, by Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. His wife also being a partaker in the commissioning. Five years later, Oyedepo was ordained as Bishop.
Living Faith Church (AKA Winners’ Chapel) started in Kaduna, but moved to Lagos, the former capital of Nigeria in July 1989, to start a new branch of the church after Oyedepo received instructions from God to reach out to Lagos and raise a people for Him. Oyedepo is an author and publisher who have written over 70 titles apart from periodicals. He
is the Chairman/Publisher of Dominion Publishing House (DPH), a publishing arm of the ministry. DPH has over 4 million prints in circulation to date. Through Him, Covenant University,
Faith Academy and Kingdom Heritage Schools have been established to equip the youth for global impact. The construction of a third university named Crown University is already
underway, located in Calabar, Cross Rivers, Nigeria.
Bishop Oyedepo in 1998 was instructed by God to build a new base for the Commission, to accommodate the increasing number of worshippers. This resulted in the ministry’s acquisition of the initial 530-acre (2.1 km2) facility, known as Canaanland, which serves as the headquarters. It is the home of the 50,000-seat capacity auditorium, the ‘Faith Tabernacle‘, which is reputed to be the largest church auditorium in the world. This was a feat also recorded by the Guinness Book of Records. Faith Tabernacle was reported as the worlds’ largest church auditorium in December 2005 construction was completed within 12 months. Reports also claimed that this building was built
debt free. This 50,000-seat edifice was dedicated on September 18, 1999, under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Canaanland is in Ota, Ogun state and is the 5,000-acre (20 km2) estate and campus, that houses. The 50,000 capacity church building, the church secretariat, the church’s youth chapel, a primary school called Kingdom heritage model school, a full boarding mission secondary school called Faith Academy, with over 1,500 students and the Covenant University facilities, which accommodates over 7,000 students, fully resident in ultra-modern hostel facilities, with fully equipped faculty buildings and numerous staff housing facilities. Canaanland campus also has for-profit establishments operated by the church such as a bakery, a bottled water processing plant, a petrol station, various restaurants and shopping stores, several residential houses that provide for the over 2,000 church employees, and guesthouses. The whole of Canaanland which includes a proposed 15,000 housing estate known as Canaan City had increased to 17,000 acres as at 2012.
The teachings of Bishop Oyedepo has put him in the category of what is commonly called the Word of Faith Movement. His Winners Chapel operates a Bible training programme known as Word of Faith Bible Institute for members and non-members alike to develop knowledge of Christian principles and to develop leaders and future pastors. This institute is run in major branches of the Church. Oyedepo is the President of David Oyedepo Ministries International (DOMI). DOMI is the umbrella organization comprising Living Faith Church World Wide (a global network of churches), World Mission Agency (WMA); the global missionary arm of the church’s operations, Dominion Publishing House; the publishing arm of the church, Covenant University, and the Social Development Missions projects (made up of hospitals, maternity homes, schools, etc.
With such a deep understanding and leadership skills; Bishop Oyedepo has criticized corruption in Africa as a whole and poor leadership in government, and he has been committed to being a wave of change in the land.
The church also operates its own publishing house, called Dominion Publishing House (DPH), commissioned on December 5, 1992, which has published over 70 Christian, inspirational and motivational books, mini books, magazines and other resources. Some of his authored books include Pillars of Destiny, Signs, and Wonders Today, Anointing for Exploits, The Blood Triumph, Satan Get Lost to mention a few.
DAVID OYEDEPO FOUNDATION is set up as the arm of his ministry to undertake charitable activities which involve the granting of grants and scholarships to thousands of less privileged students across the church network, interventions in Nations of the world which suffered natural disasters and wars. Also to hundreds of thousands of needy church members across our church networks around the world through local welfare programs run by the churches. However, in agreement with Christian principles as taught by Jesus Christ, these charitable works are not necessarily covered by mainstream media.
As an Educationist, his mission and contribution is leading a revolution of top class in education development in Nigeria, with building massive education institute at all levels.
The Ministry runs a network of Kingdom Heritage Nursery and Primary School across the nation; secondary – Faith Academy’ is a full running school with all facilities to enhance the
learning and good academic standard for students located in Canaanland Otta and other locations in Nigeria.
Covenant University; founded in October 2002 was design to raise a generation of leaders across the continent of Africa, with the best of top-class modern university facilities to enhance good learning and experimental exercises for the best of emeritus and relevant learned generation. Also, an extension of the academic exploit is Landmark University; founded to drive an agricultural revolution in Nigeria and at the continent of Africa as a whole, Bishop Oyedepo currently serves as a chancellor in both Universities,