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The RCCG was founded by Nigerian pastor Josiah Akindayomi (1909-1980). After being involved in several churches, he founded the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 1952. In the early 1970s Akindayomi started to look for a successor, claiming that God had told him to find a young, educated man who was not at that time a member of the church. He chose Enoch Adejare Adeboye, a university lecturer who joined the church in 1973. Adeboye, a lecturer of Mathematics at the University of Lagos, initially became one of the interpreters translating Akindayomi's sermons from Yoruba to English. He was ordained a pastor of the church in 1975. Adeboye's appointment as leader of the church was formalized by the posthumous reading of Akindayomi's sealed pronouncement. The New York Times calls the church "one of its most vigorously expansionary religious movements, a homegrown Pentecostal denomination that is crusading to become a global faith". According to Daniel Ajayi-Adeniran, a pastor of the church, "In every household there will be at least one member of Redeemed Christian Church of God in the whole world."
The RCCG’s Mission Statement is:
- to make it to heaven
- to take as many people as possible with them
- to have a member of RCCG in every family of all nations
To accomplish No. 1 above, holiness will be their lifestyle. To accomplish No. 2 and 3 above, they will plant churches within five minutes walking distance in every city and town of developing countries and within five minutes driving distance in every city and town of developed countries. The church intends to pursue these objectives until every Nation in the world has been reached by the Lord Jesus Christ.
RCCG, Fountain of Life Ladipo Oluwole Street, Ikeja, Lagos