Every 2nd of March is a reminder of God’s faithfulness in the life of Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye . This article will tell more about Pastor E.A Adeboye.
Born in 1942 in Ifewara, near Ife, in Osun State, Nigeria into a very humble background, he humorously recalls that even poor people called them (his family) poor.
Adeboye began education at Ilesha Grammar School Ilesha Osun State in 1956. He proceed to the University of Nigeria Nsukka(UNN) in Nsukka but because of the Nigeria Civil War, he completed his first degree in the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics in 1967.
That same year, after graduation he married Foluke Adenike. They have four children namely: Adeolu Adeboye, Bolu Adubi (née Adeboye), Leke Adeboye and Dare Adeboye.
In 1969, he obtained a master’s degree in hydrodynamics from University of Lagos. In 1975, he obtained a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from the University of Lagos. He holds a position as Professor of Mathematics at University of Lagos.
Adejare Adeboye joined the Redemed Christian Church of God in 1973 and served as an interpreter before he was ordained a pastor in the Church (RCCG) by Pa. Josiah Akindayomi in 1975. He became General Overseer of the church in 1981. For three years, he filled the role part-time at Unilorin before giving up his university position to preach full-time.
The church, which was not well known prior to Adeboye becoming the General Overseer, has branches in over 200 nations including more than 17, 000,000 in Nigeria. Adeboye has stated that his aim is to put a church within five minutes walking distance in developing cities and five minutes driving distance in developed cities.
Adeboye is considered a preacher of the Prosperity gospel, a claim he does not deny, saying that “Pentecostals have such an impact because they talk of the here and now, not just the by and by… while we have to worry about heaven, there are some things God could do for us in the here and now.
In 2008 he was recognized as 1 of the 50 most powerful people in the world by Newsweek.
Adeboye was also cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2019.
Till today, Pastor Adejare Adeboye remains a man of God who keeps the faith jealously.