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|Occupation||Pastor, Teacher, Healing Minister, Television Host and Author|
|Spouse(s)||Pastor Anita Oyakhilome|
Chris Oyakhilome (known popularly as "Pastor Chris") is a Nigerian minister who is the founding president of Believers' LoveWorld Incorporated also known as "Christ Embassy", a Bible-based Christian ministry headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.
His ministry runs several arms including the Healing School, Rhapsody of Realities (a daily devotional with global reach), and an N.G.O called the Innercity Missions for Children as well as three Christian television channels: LoveWorld TV, LoveWorld SAT and LoveWorld Plus. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome's television programs feature his faith healings, miracles and large meetings which his ministry organizes around the world, with gatherings over 2.5 million people in a single night's event. He is one of the most influential preachers in Africa and as a result has been the target of the Nigerian government's scrutiny for his meetings and miracles. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has also been a target of criticism by the Treatment Action Campaign for his support of faith healing to cure HIV.
Pastor Chris started preaching from his youth, holding large miracle meetings during his secondary and tertiary school days. His grandfather was also a Minister.
Pastor Chris' ministry has expanded rapidly beyond the coasts of Nigeria and South Africa, and he now holds large meetings in the United States and has Healing school sessions in Canada. Pastor Chris has a strong following especially among youths and is notable for organizing the Night of Bliss South Africa at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, and Higher Life Conferences in Canada, United States of America, and the United Kingdom.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome runs a global prayer network using social network platforms to send messages to Christians around the world regularly. His account is @PastorChrisLive on these platforms, he currently has over 1.2 million followers on Twitter, as well as his own social networking website called Yookos. Pastor Chris is also the author of the" daily devotional "Rhapsody of Realities". It is currently available in 552 languages and distributed in all countries of the world. Pastor Chris also hosts Higher Life conferences in Nigeria and South Africa. In 2010 the O2 Arena in London overflowed with an audience of more than 25,000 when Pastor Chris hosted the "Night of Bliss" conference.
Charisma Magazine former editor J. Lee Grady published in his personal blog 27 June 2012 titled "False Prophets, Foreign Charlatans, and Global Deception" in which he criticized Oyakhilome. The article reports that Oyakhilome lives a lavish lifestyle, teaches a "new creation" doctrine which states that all sins committed after becoming a Christian only affect the body and not the soul, and is preaching a prosperity gospel by telling people that God wants everyone to be rich. Many of the assertions in this article are unsubstantiated.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome describes himself as a man of God – as different from a preacher. He said, "To speak against the man of God is to bring a curse on yourself and your children. When you hear people speaking against a man of God, move away from there. Men of God don’t just talk. When they speak, God is forced to move".
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- "False Prophets, Foreign Charlatans, and Global Deception". Charisma Magazine. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
- Ezeamalu, Ben; Ekeanyanwu, Ogechi. "Chris Oyakhilome warns members against speaking against man of God; suspends pastor". The Premium Times. The Premium Times, Nigeria. Retrieved 22 March 2015.