Brief History of the Mission,
July 1909, a son was born into the Akindayomi family
of Ondo State of Nigeria. Even though this child
grew up surrounded by idol worshippers, he knew
there existed a greater power and yearned to know
"the God who created the earth and everyone
on it". This pursuit for God led him to the
Church Missionary Society where he was baptized
in 1927. Still spiritually unfulfilled, he joined
the Cherubim and Seraphim church in 1931.
Whilst there, he began to hear a voice within him
saying, "You will be my servant." Since
this was not his intention, he decided to ignore
the voice. This went on for seven years during which
all the business ventures that he tried resulted
into failure. In debt and without peace of mind,
he found himself totally dependent on the grace
of God. Here marked the beginning of a definite
relationship with God. Totally broken, he yielded
saying, "Lord, I will go wherever you want
me to go." He asked for signs to confirm that
this was indeed God's call. The confirmation came
through the Bible passages of Jeremiah 1:4-10, Isaiah
41:10-13 and Romans 8:29-31. The Lord assured him
that He would provide for all his needs, as he would
not receive any salary from that point on. This
proved to be a comforting reminder during the trials
in the months ahead. He became married in 1941.
He continued to worship with the Cherubim and Seraphim.
In 1947, he started to become concerned that the
Church was departing from the true Word of God in
some of its practices. 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.
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.
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).
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. He was ordained a Pastor of the Church
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was preparing to meet his Creator, he sent for Pastor
Adeboye, (who is fondly known as "G.O"
or "DADDY G.O." and is still the General
Overseer of the Church) 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
passed on to glory in 1980
at the age of 71. Amidst controversy, Pastor Adeboye's
appointment was formalized by the reading of Pa
Akindayomi's sealed pronouncement after his burial.
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.
Today, there are over 5000 Parishes of RCCG worldwide.
RCCG is present on six continents except Antarctica.
There are over 300 parishes in North America. The
most phenomenal programs of the RCCG are the Monthly
Holy Ghost Night, and the Yearly Holy Ghost Congress,
all-night prayer, worship, healing and miracle services,
which take place at the Redemption City' near Lagos,
Nigeria. The Holy Ghost Night, a monthly event attracts
on overage attendance of 500,000 people. No doubt
that under the leadership of Pastor Adeboye, the
RCCG is experiencing phenomenal growth in pursuit
of the Covenant upon which the Church was built
as he faithfully continues with the work where Pa
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God is still doing marvelous deeds through the Redeemed
Christian Church of God, worldwide. 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 City at
Km. 46, Lagos-Ibadan expressway. The average headcount
of those who attend the Service is about 500,000.
The Holy Ghost Service, popularly known as the Festival
of Life now holds in London quarterly and in the
United States of America.
RCCG Mission Statement
is the Mission Statement for the Redeemed Christian
Church of God:
- To make Heaven, this is the ultimate goal.
- To take as many people as possible with us to
- To have an RCCG member in every family of the
- To make Heaven, we must live a Holy life.
- To accomplish Nos. 2 and 3 above, we 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.
- We will pursue these objectives until every Nation
of the Earth is reached for Jesus Christ our Lord.
to the Word
in obedience to the above, RCCG Light House presently
have Four (4) Parishes to the Glory of God, (including
our Parish in Brighton) with our Mother Parish in
- Below, we have the list of the Parishes and the
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(Mrs.) Funmi Adegoke