Brief History

Pa Josiah Akindayomi (1909-1980) heard God’s voice saying, “you will be my servant”, when he was in the Cherubim and Seraphim church. Many years after, with the assurance that He would provide all his needs, and with the concern that the church was departing from the true word of God in some of its practices, he felt totally persuaded to leave the church.                                                  In 1952, he started at Willoughby street, Ebute-metta, Lagos a house fellowship called Ogo Oluwa (the Glory of God) Fellowship. Initially, there were nine members but before long, the fellowship rapidly grew as the news of the miracles that occurred in their midst spread.

The words were; “The Redeemed Christian Church of God.” In this visitation, God also said to him that this church would go to the ends of the earth and that when the Lord Jesus will appear in glory, He would meet the church.

Thus, the Redeemed Christian Church of God was born in 1952, destined by the Lord himself to take the world for Him. The church continued to meet at 9 Willoughby street, Ebute-Metta, Lagos until they were able to acquire some land thereby witnessing a relocation to the present site of the Headquarters of the church at 1-5 Redemption Way, Ebute-Metta, Lagos (formerly 1a, Cemetery Street).

Sometime in the early 1970s, God had spoken to Pa Akindayomi about his successor, who was not a member of the church then. Thus, when a young university lecturer joined the church in 1973, Papa was able to recognize him in the spiritas the one that the Lord had spoken about in the past. This man, Enoch Adejare Adeboye who soon became one of the interpreters, translating Pa Akindayomi’s sermons from Yoruba to English, was ordained a pastor of the church in 1975 and he took over the leadership of the church in 1981 after the demise of the founder, Pa Josiah Akindayomi.

Since 1981, an open explosion began with the number of parishes growing in leaps and bounds. Today, God is still doing marvelous deeds through the Redeemed Christian Church of God, worldwide. Some of the well-known programs of the Church is the Holy Ghost Service, an all-night miracle service that holds on the first Friday of every month, the Annual National Convention which holds every August, and the Holy Ghost Congress which holds every December at the Redemption Camp at Km.46, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The Holy Ghost Congress and the Annual National Convention of the church are acclaimed to be the largest gathering in the whole world with the attendance running into millions. To accommodate the huge crowd of worshippers, the church presently moved into the world’s largest auditorium covering 3 kilometers by 3 kilometers excluding the parking spaces.

Special Holy Ghost Services also hold in other cities in Nigeria and different parts of the world which include; the United Kingdom, India, USA, Canada, South Africa, Austraila, Dubai, Ghana, Philippines and many more. Today, the Church is in over one hundred and ninety different nations of the world.