Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder and presiding bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel, has mentored and ordained several individuals as pastors and leaders within the church. However, it’s essential to note that the specific list of his spiritual sons may change over time, and new leaders may emerge.
List of Bishop David Oyedepo Spiritual Sons
Some pastors/bishops who have been recognized as spiritual sons of Bishop David Oyedepo included:
1. Dr Paul Enenche
Pastor Paul Idoko Enenche is a Nigerian. He is a trained Medical Doctor, a Christian author, preacher, Minister, Televangelist, Musician and Educationist. He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre World-wide, with headquarters in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria. A ministry having hundreds of thousands of worshippers across the world.
Dr. Enenche serves as the Senior Pastor of Dunamis International Gospel Centre, with its headquarters located at the Lords Garden along the airport road in Abuja. Hailing from Benue State and holding a background as a trained Medical Doctor, he founded the Dunamis International Gospel Center on November 10, 1996. At present, the church stands as one of the largest ministries in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and is among the prominent ministries globally.
Dr. Enenche shared that his introduction to Bishop Oyedepo occurred through an audiotape titled “Unleashing the Secret of the Supernatural Realms.” Before their one-on-one meeting, Bishop Oyedepo would frequently appear in Dr. Enenche’s nightly dreams, anointing him with oil.
Moreover, the process of constructing the Dunamis auditorium involved specific guidance from Bishop Oyedepo. Dr. Enenche was directed by Bishop Oyedepo not to commence the project until he presented the building plan. Throughout the construction phase, Bishop Oyedepo actively participated, blessing the project. Additionally, it was reported that Bishop Oyedepo advised Pastor Enenche to expand the initial plan, resulting in the enlargement of the Glory Dome project’s capacity from 75,000 to 100,000.
2. Pastor David Ibiyeomie
Pastor David Ibiyeomie is the presiding Pastor of Salvation Ministries (Home of Success), one of the fastest growing and spreading churches in the world. He pastors millions of congregants spread across the globe with its headquarters currently located at Plot 17 Birabi Street, GRA Phase 1, Port Harcourt in Rivers State of Nigeria.
Pastor David Ibiyeomie, the founder and senior pastor of Salvation Ministries headquartered in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, initiated a house fellowship in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, after completing his training at Bishop David Oyedepo’s Word of Faith Bible Institute (WOFBI). Eventually, he relocated to Port Harcourt and established Salvation Ministries (Glorious Chapel) on April 13, 1997, with just over twenty attendees.
In July 1997, the church moved to a larger plot on Birabi Street in G.R.A. Phase 1, Port Harcourt. Presently, the church hosts seven services and is on the verge of completing what is anticipated to be the world’s largest church auditorium.
Initially projected for 40,000 worshipers when it commenced in 2010, the Salvation Ministries Church project underwent significant expansion. The church’s remarkable growth included the establishment of over 50 satellite churches in Port Harcourt, with 13 inaugurated on a single day in 2016. Encouraged by Bishop David Oyedepo to surpass his father’s achievements, David Ibiyeomie expanded the building’s capacity.
Initial projections for the church project indicated a capacity expansion to 100,000, with intentions to further extend it to approximately 120,000. The metal roofing is expected to cover an expansive 50,000m2, more than doubling the span of Dunamis’ Glory Dome at 22,148m2.
This development officially positions the Cathedral at Salvation Ministries as the largest church auditorium globally. Construction is currently underway at the Salvation Ministries 120,000 Cathedral Site.
3. Pastor Sam Adeyemi
With over two decades in ministry, Senior Pastor, Sam Adeyemi, is a leading voice in proclaiming the gospel, sharing principles for maximizing potentials and helping others to cultivate the determination to succeed in every area of living across the globe.
One Saturday morning, Pastor Sam Adeyemi had a significant dream where he witnessed Bishop Oyedepo and his wife planting a tree in a new church location, with a massive crowd rushing to the site. Recognizing it as a vision from God upon waking, this marked the beginning of the enduring relationship between Pastor Sam Adeyemi and his mentor, Bishop Oyedepo.
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Despite this divine encounter, the initial three years of Daystar saw slow growth. Faced with this challenge, Pastor Adeyemi sought guidance from his spiritual father, Bishop David Oyedepo. Asking what to do when all efforts seemed exhausted and the church struggled to grow, Bishop Oyedepo shared valuable insight, emphasizing that growth is seasonal. He referred to Galatians 6:9, encouraging Pastor Adeyemi not to be weary in well-doing, assuring that a harvest would come in due season if persistence prevailed.
Today, Daystar Christian Centre occupies a hectare of land on Ikosi Road, Lagos, and has rapidly expanded. The ministry now conducts five services, boasting over 25,000 members, making it one of the most attended churches on Sundays in Lagos State.
The father-son relationship between Bishop Oyedepo and Pastor Adeyemi has flourished, with the bishop openly acknowledging Pastor Adeyemi as one of his favorite sons in ministry. Furthermore, Pastor Adeyemi has become a regular keynote speaker at Covenant University’s Special Programmes on Character Development and National Transformation.
4. Rev Ntia Ntia
Rev. Ntia I. Ntia is the senior pastor of Full Life Christian Centre located in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. This church, characterized by its multicultural and diverse congregation, is dedicated to guiding individuals toward the fullness of God. Since its establishment, Full Life Christian Centre has witnessed remarkable and unique growth, all to the glory of God.
In addition to his pastoral role, Rev. Ntia serves as the President of Full Life Foundation. Trained as an accountant, he responded to a divine call into the ministry, focusing on the holistic development and restoration of individuals.
Rev. Ntia conducts regular Success and Leadership training as well as Life coaching programs. He is recognized as a Relationship Coach and marriage Counsellor. As the Executive Director of FULL LIFE TV, a 24-hour cable TV network available on THE STRONG FREE TO AIR decoder, he reaches a broad audience. Moreover, he hosts the Fresh Outpouring T.V. broadcast, which airs on numerous television stations in various countries worldwide.
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A prolific author, Rev. Ntia has penned works such as the Freshword Devotional, Take Back Your Throne, I Am Unstoppable, I Choose to Survive, From Scarcity to Surplus, Thomas was not there, Reality of the Holy Spirit, Receive the Holy Spirit, and many others.
Beyond his ministerial duties, he engages in philanthropy, actively participating in charity works, weekly feeding programs known as Love Kitchen, education support, social rehabilitation, and community development.
Rev. Ntia’s practical message of Love, Hope, and Faith resonates with many, leading to the daily stirring, revival, deliverance, and transformation of lives through the preaching of the word and the demonstration of the miraculous power of the Holy Spirit. He is happily married to Pastor Mrs. Ukamaka Ntia, and together, they are blessed with three children: Favour, Dunamis, and Dominion.
5. Pastor Femi Emmanuel
Pastor Femi Emmanuel, a former Deputy Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly and a once-businessman-turned-preacher, currently serves as the Presiding Pastor of Livingspring Chapel International.
Femi Emmanuel stands as one of the most esteemed and sought-after ministers of the Gospel in Nigeria. Leading one of the rapidly expanding Pentecostal churches in the country, his ministry has experienced remarkable growth, expanding from 15 to over 30,000 members in approximately 20 years. The international headquarters is located in Ikeja, Lagos, while the national headquarters, Dominion City, is situated in Iwo Road, Ibadan, encompassing over 50 acres and featuring a 10,000-seater cathedral.
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5. Pastor Poju Oyemede
In September 1988, Pastor Adepoju Oyemade’s initial encounter with Bishop David Oyedepo took place during the Sword of the Spirit Ministries convention led by Francis Wale Oke. Since that pivotal day, he has remained a dedicated follower of the Bishop. By the year 1990, at the age of 21, Adepoju Oyemade assumed the role of President of The Chapel Fellowship at UNILAG. Notably, he successfully invited Bishop Oyedepo to minister at the Campus Fellowship.
Subsequently, at the age of 26, Poju Oyemade established Covenant Christian Centre in Lagos and received ordination into the ministry from Bishop David Oyedepo. Presently, Covenant Church stands as one of the country’s rapidly growing ministries, hosting four services every Sunday morning across its three centers. Pastor Poju attributes his understanding of the art of ministry to Bishop Oyedepo, acknowledging him as a significant influence in his life and journey in the ministry.
6. Pastor Samuel Oluwasegun Olubiyo
Pastor Samuel Oluwasegun Olubiyo serves as a Nigerian Christian author, preacher, and the President and Founder of Word of Power Global Ministries Int’l, also known as Triumphant Christian Centre (TCC). His ministry holds two services in its expansive 10,000-seater church auditorium and plays a significant role in organizing programs during the Shiloh event.
7. Pastor Yemi Davids
Yemi Davids serves as the founding pastor of Global Impact Churches, headquartered at The Goodland in Ogudu, Lagos, and boasts multiple branches in Nigeria and the USA, conducting numerous services every weekend. Additionally, he holds the position of President at Global Impact Institute (GII), which focuses on skill acquisition and human capacity development.
Pastor Yemi Davids subscribes to the belief that humanity is designed as a potential rather than a finality, asserting that the seeds of greatness lie within every individual, eager for manifestation. Renowned for his speaking prowess, he possesses a remarkable gift for delivering practical teachings in the realm of Divine Wisdom for Life. His fervor for leadership is evident through his leadership-focused initiative, the Ministers and Leaders Forum (MLF). Moreover, he is an esteemed member of the Faculty of DLA Executive and holds an Advanced Diploma in Pastoral and Transformational Leadership from RILA.
Yemi Davids holds extensive qualifications from institutions such as Obafemi Awolowo University, The Word of Faith Bible Institute (WOFBI) by Living Faith Church, Daystar Leadership Academy (DLA) in Nigeria, and the Institute of Leadership & Management in the United Kingdom, among others.
Driven by a profound desire to witness individuals reach their full potential, Pastor Yemi has authored numerous books, including the BEGreat Daily Devotional, 7 Laws of Favour, In Pursuit of Academic Excellence, and more.
Married to Bimbo, Yemi Davids and his wife reside in Lagos with their four delightful daughters.
Please note that this list is not exhaustive, and there may be other individuals who have been recognized as spiritual sons of Bishop David Oyedepo in subsequent years. It’s recommended to check more recent sources for the latest information on this topic.