About RCCG Worldwide
RCCG is a Bible believing church, where teachings and a missionary approach emphasize the proper conduct and moral behavior of people. The church has an appeal to all types of people worldwide, with a determination to teach people in their various geographical areas, stages of secular life and levels of spiritual development. The General Overseer of the church is Pastor E.A. Adeboye.
The RCCG’s Mission Statement is:
1. to make it to heaven
2. to take as many people as possible with them
3. to have a member of RCCG in every family in every nation
To get to heaven, they say, “holiness will be our lifestyle”. To accomplish the other two, they 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”. The church intends to pursue these objectives “until every Nation in the world is reached for the Lord Jesus Christ”.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God was founded in 1952 by Nigerian pastor Josiah Akindayomi (1909–1980) after he had been involved in several other churches. In the early 1970s Akindayomi started to look for an educated successor who was not at that time a member of the church. He chose Enoch Adeboye a lecturer in mathematics at the University of Lagos, who joined the church in 1973. Adeboye initially became one of the interpreters translating Akindayomi’s sermons from Yoruba language to English. He was ordained a pastor of the church in 1975, and his appointment as leader of the church was formalized by the posthumous reading of Akindayomi’s sealed pronouncement.
The church’s headquarters are located in the Ebute-Meta suburb of Lagos, Nigeria. In other parts of the African continent, RCCG can be found in countries such as Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The church has also made its presence known in European countries such as England, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, Czech Republic, Finland and The Republic of Ireland.
RCCG can also be found bringing the love of Christ in the United States. Places like Illinois, Texas (RCCG North America Headquarters), Tennessee, Florida, New York, New England, District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Georgia, Oregon, Minnesota and California. In Canada it has a presence in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Alberta. RCCG North America comprises of United States and Canada together.
Australia is not left out as RCCG is in Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide and Perth. It also has branches in New Zealand, Fiji, Malaysia, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Singapore.India, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata. Hong Kong, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Myanmar make up RCCG Asia.
In the Middle East, the church has parishes in Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon and in nearly all seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates. The RCCG has a bible college and school of disciples in Africa, with campuses in several continents.