The RCCG was founded in 1952 by Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi (1909–1980) following his involvement in other churches. Rev. Akindayomi chose Enoch Adeboye as the next General overseer. Enoch Adeboye was a lecturer in mathematics at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, as at the time he joined the church in 1973. Adeboye initially became one of the interpreters translating Akindayomi’s sermons from Yoruba to English. He was ordained a pastor of the church in 1975, and his appointment as leader (General overseer) of the church was formalized by the posthumous reading of Akindayomi’s sealed pronouncement. In 1990, Redeemed Christian Church of God Bible School was founded.
Since 1981, an open explosion began with the number of parishes growing in leaps and bounds. At the last count, there are at least about 2000 parishes of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria. 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 spread in England, Germany, and France. In the United States there are parishes in Dallas, Tallahassee, Houston, New York, Washington, and Chicago and also in the Caribbean states of Haiti and Jamaica. As of August, 2018, the RCCG has a presence in 198 countries of the world. In 2017, The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) opened the world’s biggest auditorium. The facility can accommodate more than a million worshippers at a time. The auditorium, which was opened by the General Overseer of the church, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, was built at a cost of $60 million (about N7.7 billion).
The new auditorium, which is floored with marble is sited on a vast tract of land within the Redemption Camp, venue of the ongoing 10th Holy Ghost Congress of the church. Redemption Camp is located at Mowe, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. One of the well-known programs of the church is the Holy Ghost Service, an all night miracle service that holds on the first Friday of every month at the Redemption Camp at Km. 46, Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The average headcount of those who attend the Service is about 500,000. The Holy Ghost Service now holds in different parts of the world which includes the United Kingdom, India, USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, Dubai, Ghana, Philippines and many more.
RCCG Leadership Structure
Pastor E.A Adeboye
General Overseer & Chairman Of Governing Council
Pastor (Mrs) Folu Adeboye,
Mother In-Isreal And Wife Of The General Overseer Of RCCG
Deputy General Overseer
Members Of Governing Council
Special Assistants To The General Overseer
Pastors In Charge Of Regions
Pastors In Charge Of Provinces
Asst Pastors In Charge Of Provinces
Pastors In Charge Of Zones
Pastors In Charge Of Areas
Pastors In Charge Of Parishes