Our Little beginningThough thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase. Job 8:7
From Glory To Glory
RCCG Was Born
By 1952, he felt totally persuaded to leave the church. He started at Willoughby Street, Ebute-Metta, Lagos a house fellowship 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 of words that appeared to be written on a blackboard. The words were “The Redeemed Christian Church of God.” 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 was built. Thus, the Redeemed Christian Church of God was born in 1952, destined by the Lord Himself to take the world for Him. The church continued to meet at 9 Willoughby Street until they were able to acquire some land thereby witnessing relocation to the present site of the Headquarters of the church at 1-5 Redemption Way, Ebute-Metta, Lagos (formerly 1a, Cemetery Street).
A Mathematics Lecturer Joined the Church.
4th May, 1973
Sometime in the early 70s, God had spoken to Pa Akindayomi about his successor. The Lord told him that this man, who was not a member of the church then, 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 involved in the church. He became one of the interpreters translating Pa Akindayomi’s sermons from Yoruba to English.
Pastor Adeboye Ordained
14th March, 1975
Pastor Adeboye was ordained a pastor of the church in 1975.
Pa Akindayomi’s Death
2nd November, 1980
Papa was preparing 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. Even though a year before this, the Lord had revealed to Pastor Adeboye that he would be Papa’s successor, it was still too difficult for him to fully contemplate such an awesome responsibility. Pa Josiah Akindayomi was 71 years old when he died.
Pastor Adeboye Succeeds Pa Akindayomi
22nd November, 1980
Pastor Adeboye’s appointment as the successor and the new General Overseer of The Redeemed Christian Church of God was formalized after the reading of Pa Akindayomi’s sealed pronouncement after his burial. We can see that God has truly called him (Pastor E. A. Adeboye) into that office; this is evident with what we are witnessing on how The Lord God Almighty is working with him still till today. Glory be to Jesus.
4th July, 1981 till date
Since 1981, an open explosion began with the number of parishes growing in leaps and bounds in all continents of the world. At the last count, there are at least about 4000 parishes of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria alone. On the International scene, the church is present in other African nations including C’ote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Gambia, Cameroon, and South Africa. In Europe, the church is fully established in the following countries: United Kingdom, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece, France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. There are numerous parishes in America and North America. All the Glory goes to The Lord Jesus.