Pastors in Lagos play a major role in the life of the people. This is because many believe that religion is their candle light, gives them insight, wisdom and knowledge. Some also say that their success is increased through the study of religious scripture, books and prayers. As a wise man once said, “Religion is the opium of the people”. This is probably why Lagos has lots of thriving churches and pastors.
Some of these pastors have actually done very well for themselves. Gone are those days when “Poverty” was associated with Nigerian pastors.
Here Are 5 Of The Most Influential Youth Pastors In Nigeria.
1. Pastor Paul Adefarasin [House on the Rock Church]
Paul Adefarasin is one of the most respected ministers in Nigeria. He is widely regarded as a visionary leader and bridge-builder. Pastor Adefarasin holds a professional Bachelors degree in Architecture from the University of Miami.
He practiced as an Architect in Florida before his call into ministry. He is the founder, Senior Pastor and Prelate presiding over the HOUSE ON THE ROCK churches headquartered in Lagos.
He is the convener and host of the annual Experience Interdenominational Gospel concert often tagged the largest musical concert in Africa.
2. Godman Akinlabi [ The Elevation Church]
Pastor Akinlabi is the Lead Pastor of The Elevation Church, Lagos. He grew up in Ibadan, where he attended Government College, Ibadan.
He attended the Federal University of Technology Akure for his first degree, University of Lagos for his master degree in International Diplomacy and later attended the University of Manchester Business School.
Godman worked with Pastor Adeyemi for over 12 years as an ushering pastor, teacher, trainer, facilitator and A preacher. He is married Bolarinwa who is a banker and a minister of the gospel and their marriage is blessed with two beautiful daughters.
3. Pastor Poju Oyemade [Covenant Christian Centre]
Poju Oyemade is the Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, one of the fastest growing churches in Lagos. He attended the University of Lagos from where he moved into full-time ministry. He was ordained into ministry by Bishop David Oyedepo, the presiding Bishop of Living Faith Ministries Worldwide (a.k.a Winner’s Chapel).
Pastor Poju as fondly called by his members, is famous for his yearly summits that have hosted international speakers. His sermons also run on local and international TV stations. He is still single and said to be in his 40s. He is the convener of the Platform Nigeria – a Non-Profit initiative of Covenant Christian Centre.
4. Reverend Sam Adeyemi [ Daystar Christian Centre]
Sam Adeyemi is the Senior Pastor of Daystar Christian Centre and President of Daystar Leadership Academy, a leadership school for top business owners and ministers of the gospel. He was born February 3, 1967 in Niger state, Nigeria.
He hails from Yagba – West LGA of Kogi state. He attended Government Secondary School, Ilorin and Federal Polytechnic, Ado Ekiti where he obtained his National Diploma; He also attended Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin where he graduated with Higher National Diploma (HND) in Civil Engineering. Samuel Adesanya Adeyemi is the President of Success Power International and presenter of the popular radio program – Success Power.
Reverend Sam Adeyemi is happily married to Pastor (Mrs.) Adenike Adeyemi, an Architect turned Pastor.
5. Biodun Fatoyingbo [Commonwealth of Zion Assembly – COZA]
Biodun Fatoyinbo is the Senior Pastor of the 5,000 member COZA Abuja. With Worship Centers in the cities of Ilorin and Lagos, COZA spans about 9, 000 members and cuts across people of diverse backgrounds, professions and nationalities. An average of 3, 000 viewers join the live stream of the Abuja Services from all over the World.
Pastor Biodun is a speaker, writer and is sought as a Conference speaker across the globe. He is happily married to Pastor Modele Fatoyinbo, Co-Senior Pastor of COZA and they are blessed with lovely Children.