The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) is definitely one of the popular churches in Nigeria.
It is so popular that people joke that every street in the country has at least one RCCG branch. This is actually one of Pastor Enoch A. Adeboye’s vision, which is to have a RCCG within five minutes of every home worldwide.
With this kind of popularity, it is easy to think that we all
know everything about this church. But, this is so not true as I am
about to show you.
Here are 7 interesting things you may not know about RCCG.
1. The Church isn’t founded by Pastor Adeboye:
It is truly surprising how many people think that the church was founded
by Adeboye. The truth is that RCCG was started by Rev. Josiah
Akindayomi in 1952.
2. The founder trained to be a herbalist: Years
before the birth of RCCG, the founder was on his way to becoming a
herbalist. Originally named Ogunribido (meaning Ogun has a place to
stay), the founder was born into a home with Ogun worshippers for
parents. As he grew, he decided to become a herbalist. With this plan in
mind, he got his training from a traditional doctor.
But, his plans changed when he started attending the Anglican
Church in his village in Ondo State. There, he became converted. Upon
conversion, he dropped his name and replaced it with Josiah. He also
abandoned his grandfather’s name Akindolie, replacing it with
Akindayomi(his father’s name).
3. RCCG was born with the help of the Holy Spirit: After
abandoning his plans to be a herbalist, Josiah went in search of the
spiritual. This took him to CMS, then Cherubim and Seraphim Church. It
was there that he had heard the Holy Spirit for the first time. This
voice told him to be a prophet. As most do, he initially resisted.
He finally gave into God’s call in 1940. His ministry began as
he became a full-time C&S prophet. As a prophet, he prayed a lot and
performed many miracles. This gained him some popularity in Ife and
4. The church had a lot of names before what we know it as today:
As Josiah’s ministry grew, he started to hold Bible study and prayer
sessions in his house. In 1947, this was called Daily Prayer Band. This
group, though under C&S, attracted people who weren’t members of
the church. This caused rumours to spread that he was starting his own
Eventually, the group became known as Egbe Ogo Oluwa (Glory of
God Society). In time, their numbers grew to the point that they needed a
bigger place to meet. A member of the group donated his property and
cemented the rumours that he was starting his own church. This led to
the expulsion of Josiah and his group by the elders of C&S in 1952.
Thus, what we now know as RCCG was born.
From Egbe Ogo Oluwa, it became Ijo Ogo Oluwa (God’s glory
Church), then Ijo Irapada (the Redeemed Church). At some point, the
name was changed to The Redeemed Apostolic Church. This got him into
some trouble with the Apostolic church.
The name, RCCG, came to Josiah in a dream. In the dream, he saw
the words ‘Ijo Irapada ti Olorun’. He wrote it and showed it to Mr
Olonade, who was an educated member of the church. He translated the
words to ‘The Redeemed Christian Church of God’ and this is how RCCG
became the name that we all know now.
5. The Holy Spirit worked wonders in the early days of the church: According
to Vanguard, the accounts from RCCG members in the 50’s and 60’s have a
lot to do with the Holy Spirit. During the interview, one person said
that people cried a lot.
The person said, “The Holy Spirit moved in the early days of
RCCG so much we usually wept during service after hearing the word. This
is because you could see yourself as a filthy person before the Lord.
We were known as ‘IJO ELEKUN’—THE WEEPING CHURCH. If a member came to
RCCG with two or more wives, the Holy Spirit who knows our last days
will counsel the fellow on marriage restitution. We thank God for the
move of the Holy Spirit today. However, the Holy Spirit will do more if
we please God in all ways and if we increase brotherly love and care”.
Another said, “The Holy Spirit chose Rev. Josiah Akindayomi,
took him out of the miry clay, stepped his feet on the rock to stay, put
the word first in his mouth to preach and taught him restitution. And
above all, told him about his successor, then Dr Enoch Adejare Adeboye
shortly before he joined the church.”
6. A lot of people fought to become Josiah’s successor:
People in line to be Josiah’s successor included Pastor J.B. Kappo from
Badagry, Pastor Igbe-koyi, and Papa Abiona. In spite of these options,
Josiah relied on the Holy Spirit who told him that Dr. Adeboye, a senior
lecturer in Mathematics in the University of Lagos, UNILAG and
University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, would take over.
An elder said: “Pa Akindayomi was quoted as saying; ‘Omowe haun
haun, lo ma gba ise lowo wa”— meaning ‘my successor is a complete
intellectual with sound education’. The members, therefore, start-ed
picking on every new member with sound education as the likely next
general overseer. Like Jesse in the Bible, they were all wrong.
To avert distractions, Pa Akinda-yomi told them that his
successor would be as tall as he was, and they both require same
“The day our Daddy G.O entered into the church for the first
time in 1973, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Pa Akindayomi
announced to the congregation that his successor has joined the church
that day. He visited Daddy G.O that same day for follow up as RCCG is
7. Adeboye did not want to be the G.O: Like his predecessor, Adeboye resisted. Adeboye, who was a young lecturer at the time, was reluctant to take over the leadership of the church. He became an ordained pastor in 1975 but still resisted.
Upon the death of Pa Akindayomi’s in 1980, he finally obeyed and became the G.O.
This appointment was legalised with the reading of a sealed pronouncement from the church’s founder. At the time of his predecessor’s death, there were only 39 parishes in South-west Nigeria.
In 2015, this number grew to over 20,000 parishes worldwide.
Now, the church has Bible Colleges, Schools, a University, a TV station,
many publications and the Redemption Camp, which is a city in itself.
RCCG was born in 1952 in one part of the country. Now, the Church is across the nation and beyond.
It is also located in Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Zambia, England, Germany, and the United States.
Charly Boy has slammed clergyman, Pastor David Ibiyeomie of Salvation Ministries Port Harcourt, over his recent verbal attack on OAP and leader of the Free the Sheeple movement, Daddy Freeze.
While preaching in his church recently, Ibiyeomie slammed Freeze for allegedly insulting his father, clergyman, Bishop David Oyedepo. In his moment of rage, he called Freeze a Bast*rd and threatened to deal with the OAP if he comes at Oyedepo again. He went as far as using Freeze’s failed marriage to mock him and also disparaging his job as a broadcaster. He also ”cursed” the day Freeze was born.
Freeze has since replied Ibiyeomie, accusing the clergyman of racism, discrimination, and threat to life.
Reacting to his outburst against Freeze, CharlyBoy in his post, called out the clergyman for being staring that Ibiyeomie’s comments were vile even while he was in the house of God. According to the musician and activist, Ibiyiomie’s support for Oyedepo makes him feel the RCCG pastor can do no wrong.
Read Charly Boy’s post below
”Look at these Con Men Of God.
So pastor Ibiyeome is saying that The Chief Racketeer, Pastor, Cardinal, Pope, Bishop Oyedepo can’t make mistakes because he’s all knowing? Even in the house of worship he is calling our anointed Daddy Freeez a Bastard?
Pastor Ibiyeome, Who is your father? Where you not born on the express road bcos dats where most accidents happen. Is Oyedepo man or God? I know you have your head far up Oyedepo’s Ass dat u can’t see or hear clearly any more.
If you decide to make Daddy Freeeez a topic I will make you my Assignment.