Surely, Bishop David Oyedepo is a man of influence and affluence among his congregation as the amiable clergy requested for a gift of 200 Prado jeeps from his numerous worshippers in January 2014 and 200 donors gladly fulfilled their pledges few days back.
Insiders revealed to ENCOMIUM Weekly that the 59 year old clergy, who will turn 60 on September 27, 2014, told his ardent followers that he needed 200 new Prado jeeps for ministerial purpose. We gathered that the exact reasons were undisclosed but we reliably gathered it might not be unconnected to the fact that it’s for use in some of their branches manned by his ordained pastors scattered across the country.
ENCOMIUM Weekly’s check on Friday, February 7, 2014, revealed that a brand new Prado jeep goes for about N10.6 million. Thus, the estimated cost of 200 Prado jeeps comes to N2.1 billion. Our source revealed to us that it was an individual thing among the wealthy members, who voluntarily donated the jeeps. Therefore, the place of purchase cannot be easily determined nor the identity of the donors revealed. But we gathered the jeeps are tucked away inside the Cannanland at Ota, Ogun State.
It would be recalled that ENCOMIUM Weekly exclusively revealed in January 2013, that during Winners Chapel cross over service on Tuesday January 1, 2013, in Canaanland, Ota, Ogun state, worshipers made donations of over 700 exotic cars to the church. People who felt they had been richly blessed in 2012 came to the cross over service with different donations. Most significant was the number of exotic brand new cars and SUVs that flooded Canaanland. The people who donated them dropped the keys and documents of the cars during offering. The church auctioned the cars at very cheap prizes to its members. Some cars were sold for as low as N300,000.
Bishop David Oyedepo was born in September 27, 1954. Although he hails from Omu Aran in Kwara State, he was born in Osogbo, Osun State. He is from a religiously mixed family. Bishop Oyedepo’s father name is Ibrahim, he was a Muslim healer and his mother, Dorcas was a member of the Eternal Order of the Cherubim and Seraphim Movement, a branch of the Aladura church.
He was brought up by his grandmother in Osogbo community, who nurtured and taught him Christian ethics with the early morning prayers which she attended with him every day. She also taught him how to believe in his destiny.
Bishop gave his life to Christ in late 1969 through the help of his teacher who took special interest in him during his high school years. He studied Architecture at Kwara State Polytechnic and worked briefly with the Federal Ministry of Housing in Ilorin before resigning to go fully into the ministry/ missionary work. Oyedepo also got his Ph.D in Human Development from Honolulu University, Hawaii, United States of America.
Bishop Oyedepo got a full call from God with the aid of an 18 hour long vision in May 1981 to save the world from all forms of oppression of the devil by preaching the word of the Lord . This is the clear vision that led to the founding of the Living Faith Church Worldwide first called Liberation Faith Hour Ministries in 1981, before it was changed.
Two years after, on September 17, 1983, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, ordained him and his wife, Florence Abiola Akano (now Faith Abiola Oyedepo) as pastors and also officially commissioned the newly started church of Oyedepo. Five years after, David Oyedepo was ordained a bishop.
Living Faith Church well known as Winners Chapel took-off in Kaduna, but moved to Lagos in September 1989, to set up a new branch, after receiving revelation from God to reach out and connect to the population in Lagos and the world as well.
This church in Lagos expanded to earn the International headquarters of Living Faith Church in Nigeria, with a constantly increasing flow of crowds flooding over to adjacent roads, and on decks of uncompleted structures nearby, making people to stand for hours to listen to his wonderful teachings. This led to the building of the renowned Faith Tabernacle, as directed by God.
The non -stop construction of Faith Tabernacle was breath-taking, on account of the size of the building. Construction of this multi-billion naira project was completed within 12 months which experts claimed could only have been a miracle, because such a project should normally take a minimum of three years to achieve. Reports also claimed that the building was built debt free. This 50,000-seat edifice was dedicated on September 18, 1999, under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.