Redeemed Christian Church of God

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Redeemed Christian Church of God
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General OverseerEnoch Adejare Adeboye
RegionWorldwide, especially Nigeria
Headquarters1-5 Redemption Way (formerly 1A Cemetery Street),
Ebute Metta, Lagos,
Lagos State
FounderJosiah Akindayomi
Lagos, Nigeria
Congregations51,580 (2021)
Members9,938,617 (2021)
Tertiary institutionsRedeemer's University
SeminariesRedeemed Christian Bible College

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) is a Pentecostal megachurch and denomination in Lagos, Nigeria.

Enoch Adeboye has been the General Overseer (most senior pastor) since 1981. The church in Lagos had an average church attendance of 50,000 in 2022.[1]


The RCCG was founded in 1952 by Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi (1909–1980) following his involvement in other churches.[2][3] Reverend Akindayomi chose Enoch Adejare Adeboye as the next General Overseer. Adeboye was a mathematics lecturer at the University of Lagos and joined the church in 1973. Adeboye was initially hired as an interpreter to translate Akindayomi's sermons from Yoruba to English. He was ordained a pastor of the church in 1975. His appointment as the leader (General Overseer) of the church was formalized by the posthumous reading of Akindayomi's sealed pronouncement. In 1990, the Redeemed Christian Church of God Bible School was founded.[4]

In 1981, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye became the General Overseer of the Church. In 1983, the land for the Redemption Camp in Mowe was purchased. In 1988, a students’ body known as the Redeemed Christian Fellowship (RCF) was established. It is the youth wing of the church, concentrated within tertiary institutions of learning in the country. In 1990, Christ the Redeemer’s Friends Universal (CRFU), was established to garner financial and human resources from the very wealthy in the society.[5] In 2005, Redeemer's University was established.

Andrew Rice, writing in The New York Times, calls the RCCG "one of [Africa's] most vigorously expansionary religious movements, a homegrown Pentecostal denomination that is crusading to become a global faith".[6] The church's leaders preach that in the future "In every household, there will be at least one member of Redeemed Christian Church of God in the whole world."[6][7]

In 2008, it had 14,000 churches and five million members in Nigeria, in 80 countries.[8]

The international church is structured in different areas throughout the world.[9] The local churches are now grouped into regions, with 25 regions in Nigeria. It is also organised throughout most of the world. Notable special spiritual programs are the Holy Ghost Service, which holds on the first Friday of every month in Nigeria. Others include the annual Holy Ghost Convention in August and the Holy Ghost Congress in December, both held in Nigeria, as well as others held abroad.

In 2020, the main church in Lagos had 50,000 people.[10]


The official RCCG website outlines its beliefs in the Bible and the Holy Trinity, that the Devil exists, that God formed man in his image, in repentance, in cleansing from sins by God's grace, in sanctification, water baptism, Holy Spirit baptism, restitution and that God can heal without medicine (by His divine intervention e.g. through prayer).[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Warren Bird, World megachurches, Leadership Network, USA, retrieved August 21, 2016
  2. ^ Ruth Marshall, Political Spiritualities: The Pentecostal Revolution in Nigeria, University of Chicago Press, USA, 2009, page 74
  3. ^ Nimi Wariboko, Nigerian Pentecostalism, Boydell & Brewer, USA, 2014, page 57
  4. ^ Laurent Fourchard, André Mary et René Otayek, Entreprises religieuses transnationales en Afrique de l'Ouest, Karthala Editions, France, 2005, page 343
  5. ^ Asonzeh F.-K. Ukah (2005). Globalisation of Pentecostalism in Africa: evidence from the Redeemed Christian church of God (Rccg), Nigeria. IFRA-Nigeria French Institute for Research in Africa, Nigeria | Institut français de recherche en Afrique, Nigeria. African Dynamics. IFRA-Nigeria. pp. 93–112. ISBN 9791092312201. Retrieved 2021-01-13.
  6. ^ a b Rice, Andrew (12 April 2009). "Mission from Africa". New York Times. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  7. ^ Rollins, Betty (8 January 2010). "Reverse Missionaries". PBS Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. Retrieved 17 November 2011.
  8. ^ Stephen M. Cherry, Helen Rose Ebaugh, Global Religious Movements Across Borders: Sacred Service, Routledge, Abingdon-on-Thames, 2016, p. 35
  9. ^ Donald E. Miller, Kimon H. Sargeant, Richard Flory, Spirit and Power: The Growth and Global Impact of Pentecostalism, OUP USA , USA, 2013, page 190
  10. ^ Warren Bird, World megachurches,, USA, retrieved February 15, 2020

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