Faith Tabernacle worship in 2005
|Founded||December 11, 1983|
|Senior pastor(s)||David Oyedepo|
Faith Tabernacle is an evangelical megachurch and the headquarters church of Living Faith Church Worldwide. It is at Canaanland, Ota, Lagos, Nigeria, current neo-charismatic movement. The senior pastor of this community is David Oyedepo since its founding in 1983. In 2015, the attendance is 50,000 peoples.
In 1981, David Oyedepo at age 26, has a vision for his ministry. The Church is founded in December 11, 1983. In 2014, Living Faith Church Worldwide is in 65 countries. In 2015, Faith Tabernacle has an attendance of 50,000 people.
Canaanland was procured in 1998 and was initially 560 acres (2.3 km2), it is in Ota, Ogun, Nigeria. The church's international headquarters, Faith Tabernacle, was built in Cannanland between 1998 and 1999, taking twelve months to complete. The foundation laying took place on August 29, 1998. The dedication of the building took place on September 19, 1999 with 97,800 people in attendance. The structure is purported to have been built without any debts.
In 1999, the BBC reported that Faith Tabernacle was the largest church the world with respect to how many worshipers it can seat. It has a seating capacity of just over fifty thousand people. The largest church in terms of size is Basilica of Our Lady of Peace.
Faith Tabernacle has a capacity of 50,400 worshippers and it is reputed to be the world's largest church in terms of capacity. It covers about 70 hectares and is built inside the complex called Canaanland, with a size of more than 10,500 hectares (42km2) in Ota, a suburb of Lagos. The church building was constructed under in 12 months and dedicated in September 1999.
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