The founder and General Overseer of Christ Royal Family Int’l Church, Bishop (Dr.) Tom Samson is all set to hit the golden age in a couple of weeks. In a well attended press conference on Thursday, October 8, 2015, the revered pastor revealed activities leading to his 50th birthday celebrations on Saturday December 12, 2015, inside his 100 hectare Royal City in Otta, Ogun State.
The bishop who was born into the family of Pa Enweliku Samson, a mason from Delta state and Madam Eunice Enweliku Samson about 50 years ago in the ancient town of Ile Ife, revealed how he did not allow his poverty-stricken background affect his destiny, reiterating how his father died because the family could not afford N2,000 for medication.
It was indeed an emotion-laden tale of an amazing grass to grace experience that is worth inspiring anyone down today that he can be up tomorrow.
Violent Tom, as he was known back in school days, went through school without text books or handouts, but managed to sail through the then Bendel State University where he bagged a degree in Biology Education.
Bishop Tom Samson gave his life to Christ in 1985 and in 1986, he joined the Campus Youth for Christ, a Christian fellowship in Ekpoma, while in his 100 level.
But as fate would have it, he moved to Abraka campus of the same university and started Christ Royal Family campus fellowship. At Abraka he was known as Violent Tom because of his zeal, energy and aggression in soul winning especially, the way he attacked the hideouts of cult groups and some hinterlands in the Niger Delta region.
After graduation, contrary to his desire of becoming a business man, he was to preach the good news and that he should move to Lagos. He obeyed and Christ Royal Family campus fellowship transform to Christ Royal Family Church with the mandate to set the captives free and teach them to reign over life’s circumstance.
He is the general overseer of Christ Royal Family International Churches (a 100 acre city) with international headquarters Royal City, Ota and branches in Lagos (Egbeda, Ikeja, Festac, Ojokoro, Ikorodu) Abuja, Port Harcourt, London Manchester (UK), Dublin (Ireland) and Atlanta (USA)
He is the visitor/founder, Royal City College of Education, Ota. He is the proprietor of Royal City Colleges, Ota/Ikeja/Egbeda. Royal Dynasty International School Ota/Ikeja /Egbeda. He is the CEO of Royal City Medical Centre, Ota Royal City Water factory, Royal City Printing Press, Ota. Presently his brain child project Monarch University is undergoing approval process.
He has been a good ambassador of the country every where he preached in the United States of America, Europe, South Africa, United kingdom and West Africa and his efforts are appreciated with awards.
In obedience, he stormed Lagos about 23 years ago to establish his ministry as instructed without a forwarding address or money to start up his ministry. He passed through difficulties preaching the word of God and setting-free the oppressed but today he operates an international ministry, has chain of schools, hospitals, etc with over 200 staff under his employment.
In all of the difficult times, Bishop Tom was not alone; he had a confidant, a friend, a soul-mate partner in ministry – his amiable and adoring wife, Apostle Lanre Samson, who he described as his jewel, a good preacher and an astute administrator. Coincidentally, both of them will be celebrating 50 on the same day.
At 50 God has been so good to His servant, with a thriving ministry, good family, a role model, a father in faith. Indeed, Bishop Tom Samson has seen it all.
For his obedience over the years and sacrifices to the Kingdom of God, he is today blessed with things of life including his eye-popping 40 feet Hummer limousine that he cruises around town in.
He is the founder of Tom Samson Foundation, a foundation that caters for the less privileged. He is the founder /president of charismatic and power fellowship of seasoned ministers comprising over 500 pastors and general overseers of churches.
The chairman of the organizing committee for the birthday, Deacon Iyke Kanu highlighting activities lined up for the occasion said, “Because it’s the 50th birthday of our great bishop, we have put in place several committees to work effectively to make the day a glorious one. The plan is to have a carnival-like birthday party that will continue to reverberate even so many years after because we will be using the occasion to reveal the body of Christ, to let the world know what Christ can do, using the celebrant as a case study.
“Bishop Tom Samson came to Lagos as nobody but held onto Christ but today the world is celebrating him. His life has been one amazing inspirational tale that will definitely give hope and we are leaving no stone unturned in making it a good avenue to touch lives and showcase God’s wonder.
“Some of the activities lined up for the birthday bash include a novelty football match, the launching of his books and biography, etc. We are prepared to host the world”.
- TADE ASIFAT