Church Leadership

Enoch Adejare Adeboye - General Overseer RCCG Worldwide

The life of Enoch Adejare Adeboye is a fulfillment of the scriptures in Zechariah 4: 10 which declare, “despise not the days of small beginnings”. Born in 1942 into a humble family in the village of Ifewara, Osun State located in the South-western part of Nigeria Enoch Adeboye often humorously states that his family was so poor that even the poor people called them poor. As a matter of fact, he unashamedly tells his congregation that he never owned shoes until he was eighteen years of age. What he possessed though were physical intangibles such as focus, consistency, diligence, ambition, a brilliant mind and a determination to succeed in life. In 1956 Enoch Adeboye was admitted into Ilesha Grammar School, Ilesha, Osun State, Western Nigeria and as a youth he discovered a passion for books, and an aptitude for science and in particular the field of Mathematics. This led to an academic journey in the field of Mathematics against incredible odds including but not limited to finances, the Nigerian Civil War and academic politics. By the time he was done, Enoch Adeboye had obtained not only a Bachelors (BSc.) degree in Mathematics from the University of Nigeria, Nnsukka, Nigeria in 1967, but also a Masters (MSc.) Degree in Hydrodynamics and a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Applied Mathematics, both from the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria in 1969 and 1975 respectively. One of the motivations for these academic achievements was Enoch Adeboye’s passionate desire to become the youngest Vice Chancellor (University President) of any one of the frontline Universities in Nigeria. It did seem that his academic ambition would be realized as his academic career flourished. However, this was not to be as a greater career awaited him in the service of the Lord. In 1967 Enoch Adeboye got married to his beloved wife Foluke Adenike Adeboye (nee Adeyokunnu).

Foluke Adenike Adeboye - Wife of the General Overseer and Mother in Israel

Foluke Adenike Adeboye was born on Tuesday 13th July 1948 to the family of Jacob Adelusi Adeyokunnu. It would appear to be that Pa Jacob Adeyokunnu was also the first son of his father from the royal family and lineage in Ijeshaland, the Owa Obokun Oji, thus, Foluke Adeboye is a princess..

Foluke’s father was a teacher and a catechist. He made sure that all his children were raised up as staunch Methodists. He was reported to be a strict disciplinarian. She is the eldest of a family of ten Children.

Pastor Foluke Adenike Adeboye, blessed with rare gifts of administration, planning, hospitality, counseling, mentoring, ministering comfort, care, and encouragement to many, bringing hope, love and succor to the hopeless. Endowed with immense initiative, and great capacity for hard work. A missionary and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. A powerful intercessor, Bible Teacher & role model for lots of women. A pioneer of multiple projects, ministries and missions to the glory of God.

With a passion for planting Christian schools, has made immense contributions to the Nigerian Education sector, coordinating work in the field of Christian Education, by starting a vigorous movement (Christ the Redeemer’s Schools Movement) that has led to the founding of several Christian Educational institutions caring for the educational welfare of children in Nigeria and Internationally.

A dutiful wife, a devoted mother and grandmother, a tireless evangelist, a hospitable and seasoned teacher with passion for excellence at all levels of education.

James Fadel - Special Assistant to the GO for North America

The life of Enoch Adejare Adeboye is a fulfillment of the scriptures in Zechariah 4: 10 which declare, “despise not the daSpecial Assistant to the General Overseer & Chairman, the Redeemed Christian Church of God North America

By training James is an engineer having received in 1986 a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics at the Western Michigan University and a consequent professional career with the Ford Motor company as a Mechanical Engineer. He rose to the position of Senior Design Engineer with key achievements in lead positions. In 1990, he obtained an MS Degree in Operations Research followed by an MBA Degree in 1993 at the Lawrence Technological University, Michigan. In 2005, his entrepreneurial acumen led him to start and operate a large car detailing company and two highly successful WENDY’S Franchise Restaurants in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan. James further obtained a Doctorate Degree in Ministry at Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, Washington in 2012.

Having committed his life to the Lord, Jesus Christ in 1973, James joined The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Nigeria in 1975 and continued to serve the Lord in the USA with a passion that culminated in a call to ministry. Being a mentee of the General Overseer of RCCG – Pastor E. A. Adeboye, James pioneered a fellowship in his basement in 1991 and this gave birth to the first Parish of RCCG in North America (RCCGNA) – Winner’s Chapel, Detroit in 1992. In 2001, James was appointed the Chairman, Board of Coordinators of RCCGNA, probably the fastest growing church group/organization in the USA. This appointment led to a relinquishing of all business endeavors and a subsequent relocation of his entire family to Dallas, TX in 2006 in full-time ministry with RCCGNA

To date, under his leadership RCCGNA has grown to over 800 Parishes and hosts her annual events attended by thousands, at the over 800 acre campus in Floyd, Texas. He also works tirelessly to develop national programs to empower and enable Ministers and Workers to mature in their Christian walk and service. James has authored two books: 1. Right Leadership – Making Impact Today and 2. Your 4 Fathers and Their Kingdoms, both published in 2014. In recognition of the academic excellence of Dr. James Fadel, Bakke Graduate University, Seattle, WA appointed him in May, 2012 a Professor of Transformational Leadership with special emphasis on Global Immigrant Populations. By the grace of God he is happily married to Pastor Manita, a Pediatrician and they are blessed with three children – Tolani, Dara & Simi and by the leading of the Holy Spirit, Pastor James changed his last name from Fadele to Fadel (meaning “The Beloved” in the Hebrew language) in January 2015./p>

Adebayo Adeyokunnu - Regional Pastor

Pastor Adebayo Adeyokunnu is a seasoned man of God who by the grace of God has a strong track record of integrity in the service of the gospel. He serves his generation by the will of God as a pastor, teacher, author and church planter. Having ministered in different capacities within the body of Christ for more than three decades beginning as a leader at the University Of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) Student Christian Movement, Pastor Bayo has risen to become a Regional Pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God in North America. He has pastored different congregations of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lagos Nigeria before pioneering RCCG Victory Temple Bowie in 1996. The church today has a membership of over two thousand worshippers. Victory Temple is a winepress that has turned out several other leaders who have started more than twenty-five other parishes of RCCG sprawled around the States of Maryland, Virginia, the Carolinas and Washington DC.

One of the graces demonstrated in the life of this man of God is the capacity to raise leaders through training and discipleship, he being an outstanding leader himself. His ministry has produced leaders who are vehemently affecting their generation positively in ministry, business, the academia and other spheres of human endeavor. His overriding passion is to see people succeed and fulfill their divine destiny and make a glorious eternity with Christ at the end of their journey on earth. A leader with the heart of a shepherd, he believes that no life is beyond the redeeming love and power of the gospel of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

As a missionary pastor, it has pleased the Lord to use him to establish more than forty parishes of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in the nation of India. He believes that the primary purpose of the church is to evangelize the world; this belief is expressed in different mission and missionizing efforts in different nations of the world. An astute writer, Pastor Bayo has written empowering books on spiritual and social issues relating to family life, leadership, the Holy Spirit, service of the Kingdom, money matters, divine healing, the anointing and how to succeed in life, to mention a few. Prior to a full-time call, he was a successful businessman an entrepreneur trading with and consulting for governmental and private companies while also running a travel agency in Victoria Island, Lagos. His ministry pattern is such that combines the discipline of meticulous business accountability with a life of consistent prayers backed by an intelligent, masterful and rational teaching of the word of God.

He speaks in major events in Africa, United Kingdom, North America and some other nations of the world in church congregations, conventions, leadership seminars, prayer conferences, business meetings and family life conventions. Because of his achievements in life and humanistic contributions to the society, he has been awarded honorary doctoral degree in Chaplaincy and Community Leadership by the CICA International University and Seminary.

Pastor Bayo is the husband of one wife—and the wife is a woman— Pastor Mrs Margaret Adeyokunnu – the Provincial Pastor of RCCGNA MD Province 1; the marriage is blessed with loving physical children (Adedotun, Adedamola and Adebukola) and many other spiritual children

Timothy Bello - Parish Pastor

Pastor Timothy Bello popularly called Pastor Tim Bello: is a man of prayer, a minister of God for over twenty years, a teacher of the Word, an evangelist to the core, a certified Faith Based Clinical Counselor & Chaplain. He has served at different capacities in the Ministry, World outreach to the needy, as well as to professionals and the public sector at large.

He is presently the Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (Chief Cornerstone Assembly) Upper Marlboro MD, and is also the Zonal Coordinator for RCCGNA MD 3. He is on the board of Trustees of many Non Profit organizations that are making tremendous impacts in the community. He is the Regional Head of Prayer for NAR1 of RCCGNA. His vision is to raise men and women of prayer who will take over communities, cities and nations for Christ.

Pastor Bello holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and a Master’s Degree in Theology. He has two honorary doctoral degrees and he is currently on the final stage of completing his PHD in Global Transformational Leadership/ Theology. He is happily married to Pastor Emily Bello and blessed with three children.

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