In 1952, Pa Akindayomi obeyed the call of God by leaving his old Cherubim and Seraphim church to start a house fellowship in Lagos (Nigeria) called the Glory of God Fellowship. Initially there were nine members but before long the fellowship rapidly grew as the news of the miracles that occurred in their midst spread. Pa Akindayomi also had a vision from God, of the name of the church “The Redeemed Christian Church of God” written on a blackboard. Amazingly, Pa Akindayomi who could not read or write was supernaturally able to write these words down. In this visitation, God also said to him that this church would go to the ends of the earth and that when the Lord Jesus Christ appeared in glory, He would meet the church. The Lord then established a covenant with Pa Akindayomi, synonymous to the Abrahamic covenant in the Bible. He said that He the Lord would meet all the needs of the church in an awesome way if only members would serve Him faithfully and be obedient to His Word. It is upon this covenant that the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) was built.
Thus, the RCCG was born in 1952, destined by the Lord Himself to take the world for Him. The church continued to meet at 9 Willoughby Street in Ebute-Metta, Lagos until they were able to acquire some land and relocate to the present site of the church Headquarters located at 1-5 Redemption Way, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, Nigeria.
Sometime in the early 70s, God told Pa Akindayomi that his successor, who was currently not a member of the church, would be a young educated man. Thus when a young university lecturer joined the church in 1973, Papa was able to recognize him in the Spirit as the one that the Lord had spoken about in the past. This man, Enoch Adejare Adeboye who was then a lecturer of Mathematics at the University of Lagos soon became one of the interpreters translating Pa Akindayomi’s sermons from Yoruba to English and was later ordained a pastor of the church in 1975.
Pa Josiah Akindayomi eventually passed on at the age of 71. Before Papa went on to meet his Creator, he sent for Pastor Adeboye and spent several hours sharing with him details of the covenant and the plans of the Lord for the church. After Papa’s death and burial, Pastor Adeboye was formally appointed as the General Overseer by the reading of Pa Akindayomi’s sealed pronouncement.
Since 1981, the church has witnessed an open explosion and today has at least 2000 parishes in Nigeria. On the international scene, the church is present in several African nations, Europe, North America (USA and Canada), the Middle East, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece, France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Haiti, Jamaica, Australia, Norway etc. Today, God is still doing marvelous deeds through the RCCG worldwide. For more information regarding the history of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
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