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Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG): Nigeria’s Leading Pentecostal Church


The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) stands as the wealthiest and most renowned Pentecostal church in Nigeria, holding the distinction of being the largest private property owner in the country.

Despite its immense material success, the church remains dedicated to three fundamental objectives since 1981, when transformative leadership took the reins from its semi-literate founder.

These objectives are: i) aspiring to reach heaven, ii) actively working to bring as many people as possible along on the spiritual journey, and iii) striving to have a member of the RCCG in every family across nations.

Underpinned by these guiding goals, the Redeemed Christian Church of God has rapidly ascended to become the fastest-growing church not only in Nigeria but throughout Africa.

With an impressive network of 23,880 congregations or parishes within Nigeria, the church’s influence extends far beyond its borders, boasting nearly an equivalent number of congregations globally.

Remarkably, the RCCG has established a presence in 165 countries worldwide, solidifying its identity through missionary expansion.

This global outreach has become the defining characteristic of the RCCG, setting it apart as a trailblazer in church growth.

The successes achieved by the Redeemed Christian Church of God are not only notable but are actively and persistently emulated by other churches, both within and outside the borders of Nigeria.

About Redeemed Christian Church of God’ The Largest Pentecostal Church in Nigeria

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), the largest Pentecostal church in Nigeria, is an evangelical entity that also identifies with Pentecostalism.

Aligned with mainstream evangelical denominations, its belief system revolves around the conviction that humanity is currently navigating desperate times, serving as a prelude to the imminent end times.

The RCCG perceives the end times as a transformative period marking the conclusion of history as known.

The urgency of God’s program for the present generation intensifies a sense of eschatological anxiety, a driving force behind the missionary endeavors of the Nigerian evangelical community.

Believing that the devil is actively working to undo God’s work in Christ and ensnare humanity in hell, the RCCG actively engages in recruiting believers to counteract these perceived activities of the great evil one.

The establishment of missionary schools, particularly the Redeemed Christian School of Mission (RECSOM) in 1993, exemplifies the church’s commitment to training future missionaries in cross-cultural evangelization strategies.

The September 2012 graduation of 1,364 missionaries equipped from RECSOM underscores the church’s global mission, focusing on converting predominantly non-Africans to the RCCG’s vision and mission.

Currently, around 60 countries lacking an Redeemed Christian Church of God congregation are the focal point of the church’s Department of Mission, functioning as the foreign ministry equivalent, coordinating the activities of a dedicated Christian force determined to proselytize globally for Christ.

Beyond traditional missionary efforts, the RCCG embraces modern media technologies as a powerful extension of its evangelical initiatives.

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Operating three television networks—Redemption Television Ministry, Redeemed Television, and Dove Media—the church broadcasts its Christian message locally and internationally, complementing these with radio broadcasts through various outlets.

Media production stands as a robust component of the RCCG’s evangelical strategy, targeting the media-saturated generation.

At its core, the Redeemed Christian Church of God adheres to the Gospel of Christ, claiming strict alignment with Christian scriptures in its tenets.

Despite ordaining women to positions of spiritual authority, the church prohibits practices such as alcohol consumption, smoking, divorce, and women wearing long pants.

Jesus Christ is presented as the primary guide, with Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the 71-year-old leader, recognized as a humble and accessible figure affectionately known as Daddy G.O. (General Overseer) by his followers.

In the early 1980s, the RCCG played a role in the “emerging church” movement, incorporating popular culture, higher education, and intentional proselytization of the affluent.

Graduates from this period, now influential figures in Nigeria’s economic and political landscape, actively support the church’s evangelical activities.

The monthly Holy Ghost Service, initiated in 1983, serves as the flagship of the RCCG’s evangelical calendar, attracting nearly half a million attendees each first Friday of the month.

This event, characterized as the pillar of the RCCG’s global missionary movement, has facilitated cultural adaptation and “reserve mission,” making the Redeemed Christian Church of God a successful Pentecostal and missionary force, extending its reach from Africa to various parts of the world.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG): Nigeria’s Leading Pentecostal Church

The preeminent Pentecostal church in Nigeria, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), was established by Rev. Josiah Akindayomi, a former adherent of the Ogun deity and traditional healer.

Akindayomi, unsatisfied with Anglican spirituality after converting to the Church Missionary Society, later joined the Cherubim and Seraphim Church in 1925.

However, in 1952, due to insubordination, he was excommunicated from the Cherubim and Seraphim Church, leading him to found the RCCG.

Despite being minimally educated, Akindayomi attracted a small band of followers, mainly poor and illiterate.

After his death in 1980, Enoch Adeboye, a university-educated follower, assumed leadership in 1981, envisioning the church’s expansion and active engagement in missionary, social, and economic activities.

History of the Redeemed Christian Church of God

Founded in 1952 by Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, RCCG experienced growth under his leadership. Akindayomi chose Enoch Adeboye as his successor.

A lecturer in mathematics at the University of Lagos, Adeboye joined the church in 1973, initially serving as an interpreter.

Ordained a pastor in 1975, he became the General Overseer after Akindayomi’s death, formalized by a posthumous reading of Akindayomi’s sealed pronouncement.

In 1990, the RCCG Bible School was established.

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Redeemed Christian Church of God’s Global Expansion

Described as “one of [Africa’s] most vigorously expansionary religious movements” by Andrew Rice in The New York Times, Redeemed Christian Church of God aspires to become a global faith.

Leaders predict that, in the future, every household worldwide will have at least one RCCG member. By 2016, the church’s weekly worship attendance in Lagos averaged 50,000.

Fundamental Beliefs

The RCCG holds fundamental beliefs outlined on its official website, affirming faith in the Bible and the Holy Trinity, acknowledging the existence of the Devil, and emphasizing God’s creation of man in His image.

The church advocates repentance, cleansing from sins through God’s grace, sanctification, water baptism, Holy Spirit baptism, and restitution.

It maintains a belief in divine healing through prayer and rejects reliance on medicine.

Emphasizing peace and holiness, the RCCG condemns worldliness, including revelry and lewd dancing, and prohibits rebellion against church authority.

The church opposes financial debt for its operations, encourages abstinence from evil, and emphasizes reverence for parents and constituted authority.

Church Status and Global Presence of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG)

The headquarters of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) is situated in the Lagos suburb of Ebute-Metta, Nigeria.

As of August 2016, the RCCG had established a presence in 192 nations across the globe, and its expansion continues rapidly, propelled by evangelism and church planting.

Internationally, the RCCG is organized into different regions, with 28 regions in Nigeria.


In Africa, the church is present in countries such as Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, among others.


In Europe, Redeemed Christian Church of God has established a foothold in Austria, England, Scotland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey, Portugal, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Serbia, and Switzerland.

United States of America (U.S.A)

The United States hosts RCCG parishes in several states, including Arizona, Michigan, Mississippi, Illinois, Texas, Tennessee, Florida, New York, and many others.

North America

The RCCG North America (RCCGNA), formed by the U.S. and Canada, has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

The church has expanded its reach to the Caribbean, with presence in Haiti, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago, while in Canada, Redeemed Christian Church of God has established congregations in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick.


In the Asia-Pacific region, RCCG operates in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Malaysia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Singapore, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Philippines.


In India, the church has a presence in major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, and Kolkata.


In Pakistan, RCCG is present in cities such as Lahore, Kasur, Sahiwal, Mureed Ke, and Mian Chanu.

Middle East

The Middle East hosts RCCG parishes in Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, and all seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates.

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Major Church Events and Activities

One of RCCG’s prominent evangelistic outreach events is the “Let’s Go Fishing” program, conducted primarily during Christmas and Easter at previously unevangelized communities.

New Redeemed Christian Church of God churches are often established at these locations to cater to new converts and the broader community.

The monthly Holy Ghost service is a highly popular activity, drawing millions of attendees from Nigeria and beyond.

The service is broadcast live on TV, radio, and the internet, attracting participants from various faiths.

The venue for these services, formerly a 1 km2 main auditorium at the Redemption Camp, has been relocated to a larger 3 km X 3 km auditorium since November 2016.

The original auditorium is now used as a primary viewing center.

To accommodate the growing number of worshippers, particularly during the Annual Convention in August and the Holy Ghost Congress in December, the church is constructing an even more massive auditorium, measuring 3 km by 3 km (area: 9 km2).

The Redeemed Christian Church of God also operates bible colleges and schools of disciples, headquartered in Nigeria with numerous campuses in the UK, Europe, the Middle East (Qatar), and other continents.


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