The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, (worldwide) Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, has revealed that before he took up the mantle of leadership from the founder, Pa Josiah Akindayomi, he was richer than the ministry even as a university lecturer.

Adeboye took over the ministry in 1981 following the demise of Pa Josiah Akindayomi. The G.O said the church’s total income then was about half of his salary as a university lecturer. The revered man of God disclosed this while ministering during a three-day special program to end the church’s 40-day fasting and prayer period at the Redemption Camp.

The G.O maintained that the ministry was not financially buoyant before he came on board. In his words, “When God called me into full-time ministry, I must tell you the truth, I was afraid because things were rough. I knew poverty when I was young, but I became a university teacher with the belief that my days of poverty were gone.

“When God asked me to leave my job to become a full-time pastor, the total income of the church was less than my salary and we were to share it among some 39 people. I was really afraid, but God gave me one promise. He said do not worry my son, I will be with you.

“If you are wondering why my case is different, it is because God told me that He will be with me and He has been faithful to His promise.”

It is on record that the lecturer-turned-preacher has grown the church he inherited with just few members into a global church with members all over the world.