In July 1909, a boy was born in the Akindayomi family in Nigeria. Despite growing up among idol worshippers, he strongly desired to know the world’s Creator. He was baptized in 1927 by the Church Missionary Society, but he still felt spiritually unfulfilled. In 1931, he joined the Cherubim and Seraphim church.
While there, he heard a voice telling him he would be a servant of God, which he initially ignored. He surrendered to God’s will after seven years of failed business ventures, debt, and turmoil.
He received confirmation through Bible passages and accepted God’s call, committing to go wherever God led him. In 1941, he got married and continued his religious journey.
By 1952, he believed the Cherubim and Seraphim church was straying from true teachings, so he started a house fellowship called the Glory of God Fellowship. This small group grew due to reported miracles. He had a vision where he saw the words “The Redeemed Christian Church of God” written on a blackboard, and despite his inability to read or write, he wrote them down. God told him this church would spread worldwide and meet Jesus upon His return.
God established a covenant with him, promising to meet the church’s needs if members remained faithful. This formed the foundation of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, founded in 1952. The church moved to its present headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria.
In the early 1970s, he was told about his successor, Enoch Adejare Adeboye, a young university lecturer who joined the church in 1973. Adeboye became involved in translating sermons and was ordained a pastor in 1975.
Before his passing at 71, the founder spent time with Adeboye, sharing details of the church’s plans. Although Adeboye knew he would be the successor, it was a challenging responsibility. After the founder’s death, Adeboye’s appointment was confirmed by reading the founder’s sealed pronouncement.
Furthermore, in the light of the preparation of the Church to experience the perfection and fullness of Christ, we believe: