8 Secrets That Brought PASTOR E.A ADEBOYE To The Fore Front Of Ministry

The life of Enoch Adejare Adeboye known as Pastor E. A Adeboye is a fulfillment of the scriptures in Zechariah 4: 10 which declare “despise not the days of small beginnings”. Born in 1942 into a humble family in the village of Ifewara, Osun State located in the South-western part of Nigeria Enoch Adeboye often humorously states that his family was so poor that even the poor people called them poor. As a matter of fact, he unashamedly tells his congregation that he never owned shoes until he was eighteen years of age. What he possessed though were physical intangibles such as focus, consistency, diligence, ambition, a brilliant mind and a determination to succeed in life.

In 1956 E. A Adeboye was admitted into Ilesha Grammar School, Ilesha, Osun State, Western Nigeria and as a youth he discovered a passion for books, and an aptitude for science and in particular the field of Mathematics, this led to an academic journey in the field of Mathematics against incredible odds including but not limited to finances, the Nigerian Civil War and academic politics. By the time he was done, E. A Adeboye had obtained not only a Bachelors (BSc.) degree in Mathematics from the University of Nigeria, Nusukka, Nigeria in 1967, but also a Masters (MSc.) Degree in Hydrodynamics and a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Applied Mathematics, both from the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria in 1969 and 1975 respectively.

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One of the motivations for these academic achievements was E. A Adeboye’s passionate desire to become the youngest Vice Chancellor (University President) of any one of the frontline Universities in Nigeria; it did seem that his academic ambition would be realized as his academic career flourished. However, this was not to be as a greater career awaited him in the service of the Lord. In 1967 E. A Adeboye got married to his beloved wife Foluke Adenike Adeboye (nee Adeyokunnu).

He gave his life to our personal Lord and savior Jesus in 1973 and in 1977 and 1981; he was ordained as a pastor in RCCG and a General overseer in RCCG respectively. For three years he filled the role part-time, still lecturing at Ilorin, until giving up his university position to preach full-time. The church, which was not well known prior to Adeboye becoming the General Overseer, currently has several branches globally in about 192 nations (as at August 2016) including more than 14,000 in Nigeria. E. A Adeboye has stated that his aim is to put a church within five minutes of every person on Earth

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He is the national president of RCF (an interdenominational fellowship in all the campuses in Nigeria) which is under the umbrella of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministry (CRM) where he is a founder and president. E. A Adeboye was launched into international prominence on December 18, 1998, when he hosted the very first Holy Ghost Congress (open air meeting) in Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria with an attendance of over 7 million people as reported by CNN and the BBC, it constituted the largest mobilization of people in one spot on the surface of the earth, and a feat never before recorded.

The following year, the attendance at the Holy Ghost Congress (HGC) grew to 12 million worshipers, this program has since been replaced with the annual 3-Day HGC held every December at the Redemption Camp much like other programs in RCCG with the HGC also witnessing its transformations also. From a one night event in 1998 to a week-long program today and at each and every one of these events, many souls were won for Christ, and the power of God moved freely as well to heal, anoint, and empower.

The secrets to his immense growth in ministry are highlighted below:

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1. His trademark of humility which is disarming and endearing, enabling him to easily share his testimony of the Gospel.

2. His passion for soul-winning.

3. He is a passionate giver, giving to humanity immensely.

4. He is a mentor and a leader who possesses adequate and quality mentorship and leadership skills respectively.

5. A life of total obedience to God and his instruction whether convenient or not.

6. He is a visionary; he saw the local church as one of the focal points of Christian discipleship, and thus planned to have an RCCG branch five minutes from every home in the world.

7. He is extremely focused.

8. His love for knowledge



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