Chris Oyakhilome

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Chris Oyakhilome
Born Edo, Nigeria
Occupation Pastor, faith healing minister, television host and author
Net worth $30–50 million (2011, Forbes)[1]
Spouse(s) Anita Ebhodaghe (m. 1991; div. 2016)
Children 2
Website

http://www.christembassy.org/

http://www.pastorchrisonline.org

Chris Oyakhilome (also known as "Pastor Chris") is a Nigerian Christian minister who is the founding president of Believers' Loveworld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy, a Bible-based Christian ministry headquartered in Lagos.

Ministry and theology[edit]

His ministry runs several arms including the Healing School, Rhapsody of Realities, LoveWorld Books, and an NGO 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 faith healings and miracles, in large meetings which his ministry organises in several countries, with gatherings of over 2.5 million people in a single night's event.[2][unreliable source?]

In 2015, pastor Chris Oyakhilome was given an honorary doctorate from Ambrose Alli University,[3] and Benson Idahosa University.[4]

pastor Chris Oyakhilome's ministry holds meetings in the United Kingdom and the United States, and has "healing school" sessions in South Africa and Canada.[5] pastor Chris Oyakhilome also hosts Higher Life conferences in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, UK, US and Canada,[6] and organized the Night of Bliss South Africa event at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.[7] pastor Chris Oyakhilome also operates an International School of Ministry,[8] which held one of its Ministers' Network Conferences in 2016 with 5000 ministers in attendance from 145 countries, in Johannesburg, South Africa.[9][8]

pastor Chris Oyakhilome runs an online prayer network using social media to send messages to Christians in several countries. He had over 1.2 million followers on Twitter in 2013[10][1], over 1.9 million followers on Facebook[10][2], over 30 million followers on his own social networking website called Yookos[citation needed] and operates a smartphone messenger called KingsChat.[11] Oyakhilome is also the author of the daily devotional "Rhapsody of Realities".On Rhapsody website the "Rhapsody of Realities" devotional is only available for download in over 143 languages either on Apple or Android.[12] pastor Chris Oyakhilome also hosts Higher Life conferences in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, UK, US and Canada.[13][14]

Pastor chris Oyakhilome's Future Africa Leaders Award is an initiative aimed at identifying, awarding and supporting young Africans who have demonstrated exemplary leadership through education, youth empowerment and mentoring, and through other projects aimed at helping young people to prepare for the future. Over 40 Africans have been awarded since 2013.[15][unreliable source?]

Personal life[edit]

According to his official Biography, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome was born on December 7, 1961. He was the eldest son of the family of Tim Oyakhilome.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome family started with his marriage in 1991 to the head of UK agency and fore-runner Rev Anita Ebhodaghe.[16]

Pastor Chris and Pastor Anita Ebhodaghe have two children Sharon and Charlane.

After 25 years of marriage, Anita Ebodaghe filed for divorce on April 9, 2014 at the Central Family Court in London. They divorced in February 2016.[17] After the separation, they also decided to share custody of their two children.[18][19]

Mission[edit]

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, is known for his philanthropic works, which include aiding the poor, the sick, and the dispossessed, both materially and spiritually. Over a ministry career spanning more than 30 years, he has raised men and women from poverty, healed the sick, and provided a message of hope which has been broadcast to every nation in the world.Pastor Chris’s Inner City Mission Project declares that “every child is your child”; this project saves and assists orphaned and indigent children in inner cities across the globe.[20]

Future Africa Leaders Award is a initiative of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD, DSc, DD to explore, educate, mentor, highlight and empower intelligent and genuine Leadership Potentials deposite in the lives of young Africans.[21]

Honors[edit]

Benson Idahosa University announced it is honoring Pastor Chris Oyakhilome with an honorary doctorate degree in divinity.[22][23]

In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ernest B. Izevbigie, described the occasion as historic, in that; the University was honoring a man whose life has impacted people both locally and internationally.

He noted that there were many striking similarities and homology between the graduand being honored and Benson Idahosa University adding that Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome worked as a staff with the Church of God Mission International (CGMi) after his secondary school days where he was opportune to study the ministerial works of the late Archbishop B.A. Idahosa.[22] For a man whose life has been the epitome of the manifestation of a call of divinity, nothing could have been more exemplary. This was much highlighted by Vice Chancellor Izevbigie who aptly noted that the University is in recognition of the achievements and great works of a man whose evangelistic strides transcend the globe, particularly in translating the widely read “Rhapsody of Realities” into 837 languages.[22][24] Pastor chris proceeded to Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, where he obtained a degree Architecture. He also has a Ph.D. in Theology and Pneumatology and has received numerous awards/honors .

Controversy[edit]

Oyakhilome's statement about marriage has been a subject of controversy. As the General Overseer of Christ Embassy, Pastor Oyakhilome has come under strong criticism from Nigerians on social media over his religious views on gender equality.

A Facebook post on the official page of the church’s online ministry, cited an excerpt of the clergyman’s message titled ‘Who is a husband and what is his role?’, in which husbands were defined as “masters” as opposed to “male partners.”[25]

Oyakhilome’s ex-wife, Anita, had on February 8 finalised her divorce from the pastor and dropped his last name for “Obhodaghe.”[25]

Oyakhilome has also been a target of criticism by the Treatment Action Campaign for his support of faith healing as a supposed cure for HIV/AIDS.[26]

Writings[edit]

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome penned many books, including "Rhapsody of Realities,", distributed monthly around the world.[27]

Book's name Year of publication ISBN
Gates of Zion 1998 9789783562257
Your Right In Christ 1998 9789783465848
None of These Diseases 2001 9781310780226
How To Make Your Faith Work 2005 9789783786622
The Oil And The Mantle 1999 9783486519
Prophecy 2005 9783786539
Your Rights In Christ 2008 9783465848
Now That You Are Born Again 2006 9783562215
Join This Chariot 2002 9783602853
How to Make Your Faith Work Good 2005 9789783
When God Visits You 2001 9789783562240
The Power Of Your Mind: Walk In Divine Excellence 2016 9789785152159
The Seven Spirit of God - Divine Secrets to the Miraculous 2006 9789783786509
Rhapsody Of Realities Topical Compendium 2011 9789783486522
Seven Things The Holy Spirit Will Do For You 2005 9789783786646
How To Pray Effectively 2012 9789785308808
The Power of Tongues 2001 789783786547
Holy Spirit And You 2005 9789783786639
Healing From Heaven 2010 9789783706132
The Seven Spirits of God 2006 9789783786509
Don't stop here 2010 9789783706156

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Five Richest Pastors In Nigeria". Forbes.com. 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  2. ^ "Pastor Chris Oyakhilome". TheShoutsBlog. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  3. ^ "Ambrose Alli University Honours Chris Oyakhilome With Doctorate Degree". InformationNigeria. Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  4. ^ "Pastor Chris Oyakhilome pledges N1billion to Nigeria University". Ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2015-10-24. 
  5. ^ "Pastor Chris' Ministrations at IEYC 2015 (Session II)". Loveworldnews.com. Retrieved 2015-04-08. 
  6. ^ http://www.nigeriagalleria.com. "Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Pastor, Prophet, Evangelist, Nigeria Personality Profiles". www.nigeriagalleria.com. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  7. ^ "We attend Pastor Chris' Night of Bliss". DRUM. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2015-08-11. 
  8. ^ a b "Naija News Hub - News, Entertainment, Information & Tips". Naija News Hub. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  9. ^ "Welcome Luncheon at ISM Ministers' Network Conference". Loveworldnews.com. 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  10. ^ a b "Stats and Ranking for Pastor Chris". Twitaholic. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "KingsChat on Google Play". Google. Retrieved August 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ Administrator. "No. 1 Daily Devotional". rhapsodyofrealities.org. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  13. ^ "The biography and Ministry of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome - DunamisBlog". DunamisBlog. 2017-02-15. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  14. ^ "The Authority Icon: CHRIS OYAKHILOME". www.authorityngr.com. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  15. ^ "Report: 2014 Future Africa Leaders' Awards". Loveworldsat.org. Retrieved 2015-01-12. 
  16. ^ Ibenegbu, George. "Pastor Chris Oyakhilome: Biography and achievements". Naij.com - Nigeria news. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  17. ^ "Anita Oyakhilome | Attwaters Jameson Hill | Harlow". Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  18. ^ "RELIGION NEWS in Brief – JOURNALIST launches book and more.. | The Sunday Mail". www.sundaymail.co.zw. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  19. ^ "Divorce latest: Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, wife share two children -". theeagleonline.com.ng. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  20. ^ "Pastor Chris will hold a massive Christian rally in Johannesburg". 2016-12-21. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  21. ^ influencewithaquinas (2015-12-31). "BREAKING NEWS || PASTOR CHRIS GIVES USD185,000 TO 16 GLOBAL YOUTH LEADERS". influencewithaquinas. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  22. ^ a b c "Benson Idahosa University  » Pastor Chris Oyakhilome Bags BIU Doctorate Degree in Divinity". www.biu.edu.ng. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  23. ^ "Pastor Chris Honored with the Prestigious Doctorate Degree". www.onlineprnews.com. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  24. ^ Administrator. "No. 1 Daily Devotional". rhapsodyofrealities.org. Retrieved 2017-07-28. 
  25. ^ a b "CONTROVERSY OVER CHRIS OYAKHILOME'S MESSAGE ON MARRIAGE WHERE HE SAYS HUSBANDS ARE MASTERS". abujareporters.com.ng. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  26. ^ Vena, Vuvu. "TAC, church face-off over healing claims". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 
  27. ^ "Pastor Chris in maiden Zim trip". NewsDay Zimbabwe. 2017-04-17. Retrieved 2017-05-03. 

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