Pastor David Ibiyeomie, the General Overseer of Salvation Ministries, is one of the most prominent men of God in Nigeria. He is charismatic and has a large following. His church, Salvation Ministries, is one of the largest congregations in Nigeria. He is considered to be very close to Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church and is recognized as an exceptional preacher of God’s word.
Indeed, he learned his trade as a preacher under the guidance of Bishop David Oyedepo. He’s since gone to launch his own ministry. The enigmatic pastor recently disclosed why he left Winners Chapel (Living Faith Church) to begin his own ministry.
According to him, Living Faith Church was a location where he could win lives for Christ while also learning spiritual principles from Bishop David Oyedepo. This was revealed by the pastor at the Salvation Ministries, Home of Success chapter. He stated that he loves and is loyal to his mentor and that he will fight anyone who speaks ill of him.
Pastor David Ibiyeomie elaborated on what he meant. “I knew I couldn’t work at Living Faith Church.” I knew this from the start. That is why I left, but before I departed, I won 56 devoted souls in a month. Today I am experiencing the benefits of my efforts.
That is why I support Bishop David Oyedepo.” He once explained how he met his spiritual mentor, Bishop David Oyedepo, and how their friendship has aided him in his ministry and other aspects of life.
Pastor Ibiyeomie made the revelation at the church headquarters during the 40th anniversary of the Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners Chapel. He expressed his gratitude to God for putting him in contact with someone like Bishop Oyedepo. He went on to say that it is a privilege he will never abuse.
The senior pastor of Salvation Ministries Church revealed that he met Bishop David Oyedepo in 1995 after God told him that He wanted to use him to reach out to souls. He also claimed that God revealed the name of Bishop Oyedepo to him, despite the fact that he had never heard the name before.
“I began to search to find out who this man is,” says Pastor Ibiyeomie. A woman approached me and said, “I want you to meet a man of integrity.” She told me what his name was. I told her that God had spoken to me that morning and that I had heard the same name. That’s how I ended up at Bible School.”
He narrated how his encounter with Bishop Oyedepo changed his life. According to him, if not for God telling him that he would open his own ministry, he wouldn’t have left the Living Faith Church, though he added that his heart is still connected to the church. Pastor Ibiyeomie told the congregation that “everything that is working in the hands of Bishop Oyedepo works in my hands.”
He said, “I want to deeply appreciate God. It is a privilege. Connectivity is real. I’m a product of succeeding without experimentation. I knew our father in the Lord in 1995. I was not directed to him by any mortal man. When I became born again and God said He wanted to use me, I said, Who do I meet? I don’t know how to preach.
And I heard his name clearly. I had never heard his name before because I was in Egypt. And I began to search to know who this man was until that woman walked up to me and said there was a man of integrity she would like me to be. She told me his name, and it was the same name God spoke to me in the morning. That is how I came to the Bible School. My wife and I were the first set trained in Iyana Ipaja, Lagos.”
Pastor David Ibiyeomie was born on October 21, 1962, in Rivers State’s Bonny Island. After completing his Bible training at Bishop Oyedepo’s Word of Faith Bible Institute (WOFBI), he began a home fellowship with his family in Victoria Island, Lagos, before relocating to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and establishing Salvation Ministries (Glorious Chapel), which now has over twenty members.
SOURCE: WALE LAWAL