The world holds diverse vantage point on the whereabouts, the tastes and
lifestyles how pastors need to live, establish themselves and to preach
To some people; assembling under the tree is still very
relevant, pastors need to show meekness to the less privilege or the
congregations by wearing slippers while preaching and so much more. All
those brouhaha can never stop these pastors from getting richer and
richer by the day.
In this year lists, there are only four out of
five Nigerian pastors that made the list of the richest pastors in
Africa at the time last year.
Below is a list of the richest pastors worldwide and how much they are worth:
1. Bishop T. D Jakes:
Jakes lives in a $1,700,000 mansion, he has been called America’s best
preacher and has been featured on the cover of TIME magazine. He is a
writer, preacher and movie producer. Thomas Dexter “T. D.” Jakes, Sr. is
the bishop/chief pastor of The Potter’s House, a non-denominational
American mega church, with 30,000 members, located in Dallas, Texas. T.D
Jakes wears custom made suits and sports a diamond ring the size of a
coin. This man of God has been endowed with a $150 million net worth.
2. Bishop David Oyedepo:
David Oyedepo is a Nigerian Preacher, Christian Author, Founder and
Presiding Bishop of Winners Chapel known as Living Faith Church World
Wide. Has been hailed as the wealthiest preacher in Nigeria with a total
net worth of $150 million and properties like 4 private jets and homes
in the United States and England. After the foundation of the Living
Faith Outreach Ministry in 1981, it has evolved to be one of the largest
congregations in Africa and has a flourishing mission in Nairobi.
3. E A Adeboye:
messenger of God was listed in an African magazine, NEWSWEEK, as the
most powerful man in Africa and one of the top 50 global power elites in
2008/2009, among others such as President Barack Obama and Nicolas
Sarkozy. Pastor Adeboye heads the Redeemed Christian Church of God
(RCCG), something he has done for the last 28years.Amongst his
posessions are private jets.
4. Benny Hinn:
televangelist,Toufik Benedictus “Benny” Hinn has an estimated net worth
of $42 million. He is best known for his regular “Miracle Crusades” –
revival meeting/faith healing summits that are usually held in large
stadiums in major cities, which are later broadcast worldwide on his
television program, “This Is Your Day”. Hinn was born on December 3,
5. Chris Oyakhilome:
is the man behind Believers’ Loveworld Ministries, a.k.a Christ
Embassy.His church has an estimated net worth of $30 million – $50
million last year, the charismatic preacher was at the center of a $35
million money laundering case in which he was accused of siphoning funds
from his church to foreign banks.
6. Creflo Dollar:
Bible teacher, pastor, and the founder of World Changers Church
International, Creflo Dollar, has an estimated net worth of $27 million.
As his name suggests, this preacher’s “manna” comes in form of the
7. Kenneth Copeland:
runs Kenneth Copeland Ministries, was one of several televangelists
whose finances were investigated from 2007 to 2011 by Republican Sen.
Charles Grassley of Iowa.
According to an article by the
Associated Press that ran in 2008, “His ministry’s 1,500-acre campus,
behind an iron gate a half-hour drive from Fort Worth includes a church,
a private airstrip, a hangar for the ministry’s $17.5 million jet and
other aircraft, and a $6 million church owned lakefront mansion.
article later added that while Copeland has not released up-to-date
salary statements, “the church disclosed in a property-tax exemption
application that his wages were $364,577 in 1995; Copeland’s wife,
Gloria, earned $292,593. It’s not clear whether those figures include
other earnings, such as special offerings for guest preaching or book
8. Billy Graham:
evangelical Christian evangelist, William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
has a net worth of $25 million. The Southern Baptist evangelist rose to
celebrity status as his sermons started getting broadcast on radio and
television. Graham was born on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North
Carolina in 1918, he has conducted many evangelistic crusades since 1948
. He is now a world renowned televangelist raking in millions of
9. Matthew Ashimolowo:
the owner of Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) gets an
annual income of $200,000. Having his humble beginnings as a priest in
Foursquare Gospel Church, a Nigerian church that sent Ashimolowo to open
a satellite branch in London. Pastor Matthew had other ideas and
decided to set up his own church instead. Today, his Kingsway
International Christian Center is reportedly the largest Pentecostal
church in the whole of the United Kingdom.
10. Temitope Joshua:
Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) has an estimated net worth: $10 million –
$15 million Nigeria’s most controversial clergyman is also one of its
richest and most philanthropic. T.B Joshua heads the Synagogue Church of
all Nations (SCOAN), a congregation he founded in 1987, which
accommodates over 15,000 worshippers on Sundays.