An American site, Press Room Vip published a list of the richest Mega Pastors in the world and their net worth recently and three Nigerian Pastors were mentioned.
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Religion is one of the largest
and most profitable organizations in the world. Each year, billions
(with a B) of dollars are spent on church renovations, advertising,
religious paraphernalia and more!
Right before communion, a
collection is passed around every Sunday at mass. This is supposed to be
a part of Christian “charity” for the week. But with the amount that
these pastors are making, we would be hesitant to believe they need any
more charity to sustain their divine lifestyles.
Just how much are pastors really making? We found 10 of the richest pastors whose pay checks will shock your sox off!
1. Bishop TD Jakes $147 Million
Jakes is the bishop of The Potter’s House, a Nondenominational American
megachurch with a 30,000 person congregation. He is a strong advocate of
abstinence and has spoken on the subject widely ranging from Good Morning America to Dr. Phil.
While he does make an impressive salary as a pastor, most of his
money comes from his sales of gospel music, books and numerous
syndicated appearances. He’s even won a Grammy for his music.
2. Joseph Prince $5 million
Prince was born to a Sikh priest and originally wasn’t on a religious
path in life. Employed as an IT consultant, Joseph had a change of heart
and committed his life to his religion. He joined the ministry and
founded one of the largest churches in all of Asia: New Creation Church.
mega popularity is partially thanks to such friends as Joel Osteen, of
Lakewood Megachurch, who has hosted a number of his sermons, and the
internet has helped him gain fame. He has an online video program called
Destined to Reign with a following in over 150 countries.
Prince acknowledged that he was “well-paid,” but added that “money
doesn’t have a hold on me,” denying accusations that his salary was
$50,000 a month. However, Straits Times reported that the
church paid one employee between $500,001 and $550,000 in its last
financial year. While not confirming the identity of that specific
employee, the church responded that its policy is to “recognize and
reward key contributors to the church and Senior Pastor Prince is the
main pillar of our church’s growth and revenue.”
3. TB Joshua $10 Million
is a unique influence in his native country of Nigeria. He’s the
General Overseer of The Synagogue, Church Of All Nations and considered a
Prophet in the eyes of his congregation. He grew up in Ondo State,
Nigeria from a poverty-stricken family. He dropped out of secondary
school in and did everything from working in a poultry farm to washing
people’s legs in the muddy streets of Lagos to keep his family afloat.
a forty day fast he received a divine calling to start a ministry with
eight members. The church became extremely popular and Joshua now has an
impressive 1.5 million fan following on Facebook. However popular he is
with his congregation, other pastors aren’t so quick to support him.
has been publicly condemned by several prominent pastors within
Nigeria, with his most vocal critic being Pastor Kris Okotie. He’s been
described as a ‘son of the devil.’ Joshua was blacklisted by the
government of Cameroon in 2010, which agreed with Pastor Kris’s
accusations. Why the hate? Pastor Joshua preaches a “healing faith” and
encourages his followers that praying alone will heal their ailments. In
2011, at least three people in London with HIV died after they stopped
taking their life saving drugs on the advice of the pastor.
4. Franklin Graham: $25 Million
Graham is the son of the famous pastor Billy Graham, and the president
of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. He was
born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, North
Carolina with four other siblings.
After finishing his primary
education at The Stony Brook School, a Christian private school in New
York, he attended LeTourneau College in Longview, Texas. He wasn’t there
for long before being expelled from the school for keeping a female
classmate out past curfew.
years later, the 22-year-old had a conversion experience where he fully
committed himself to Jesus Christ in a hotel room while on a trip to
Jerusalem. After eight years of proving himself, he was ordained in 1982
by the Grace Community Church in Tempe, Arizona.
years, Franklin was mentored by two senior members of the Billy Graham
Team and eventually took over organizing events for the Billy Graham
Evangelistic Association. He was so successful, he became the CEO and
president of the company and continues to be today.
his contributions to world relief, Franklin is not without
controversies. He was a supporter of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and
referred to Islam as “a very evil and wicked religion.” Last year, he
wrote a column titled “Putin’s Olympic Controversy,” in which he praised
the Russian leader’s anti-gay crusade.
Extremely different views than his beloved father, who is covered next.
5. Billy Graham: $25 Million
Graham is one of the most well-known pastors on the planet and has
earned the nickname, “America’s Pastor.”
He was born in 1918 and is
estimated to have had an audience during his life long career of over
2.2 billion, but it obviously didn’t start out that way. While attending
college, Graham became the pastor of the United Gospel Tabernacle and
continued to preach all over the world. Since his ministry began in
1947, Graham conducted more than 400 crusades in 185 countries and
territories on six continents.
to other pastors on this list, Billy’s list of controversies are quite
tame. They mostly stem from him being extremely religious, duh, like his
views on women. In 1970, Graham stated that feminism was “an echo of
our overall philosophy of permissiveness,” and that women did not want
to be “competitive juggernauts pitted against male chauvinists.” He then
stated that the role of wife, mother, and homemaker was the destiny of
“real womanhood” according to the Judeo-Christian ethic… okay.
6. Kenneth Copeland: $25 Million
dedicating his life to Christianity, Kenneth was a recording artist and
his song, “Pledge of Love” made it to #17 on the top 40 billboard hits
in 1957. After his conversion, Kenneth concentrated his passion on the
gospel and ministry work.
has a love for flying. He got his pilot license to become the personal
pilot of Oral Roberts before starting his own ministry. Unfortunately,
even this led to some questionable decisions. Using church donations,
his ministry bought five private jets.
“preaching or for allowing pilot rest.” Convenient.
According to the Washington Times,
Kenneth Copeland has defended his “use of private jets as a luxury
means of travel, arguing that commercial planes are full of ‘a bunch of
demons’ that will bog down their busy schedules with prayer requests”.
that aside, Kenneth and his wife have been criticized for their
anti-vaccination preachings. Gloria Copeland would often preach that
doctors give patients “poison that will make you sicker” and that the
church is an alternative to medical treatment: “Which do you want to do?
Do you want to [get vaccinated] or do you want to sit here on a
Saturday morning, hear the word of God, and let faith come into your
heart and be healed?”
7. Creflo Dollar: $27 Million
to his name, Creflo is known as one of the flashiest of America’s
Ministers to date. He owns a Rolls Royce, and multiple $2.5 million
estates. His beginning wasn’t that lucrative, however. Creflo began
developing World Changers Church International (WCCI) in 1986. He held
the Church’s first worship service in the cafeteria of an elementary
school in College Park with eight people in attendance.
following grew quickly and on December 24, 1995, WCCI moved into its
present location—an 8,500-seat facility known as the World Dome. The
church has said that the $18 million to build the World Dome was done
without any bank financing, which isn’t that surprising seeing as of
2007, the congregation reported having around 30,000 members, and $69
million in revenue.
2013, Creflo was arrested for allegedly attacking his own daughter. The
charges were dropped after he attended several anger management groups.
year later, Creflo’s private Gulfstream III jet ran off the runway, but
there were no serious injuries. To replace the old jet, Creflo launched
a fundraising campaign to get his congregation to pay around
$60,000,000 for a new jet. The suggested donation was “$300 or more,”
but the campaign was canceled after an immense backlash. Followers were
still given the option to donate for the jet on a page of the ministry’s
website and lo and behold, several months later, the board of WCCI
announced that they were ready to acquire a Gulfstream G650.
8. E. A. Adeboye: $39 Million
Adejare Adeboye began his career in preaching during a professorship at
the University of Lagos, Nigeria. With his Ph.D. in mathematics, he
worked as a lecturer in mathematics at the Universities of Lagos. At the
time, Adeboye joined the Redeemed Christian Christian Church of God.
an extra job, Adeboye began translating the sermons of the RCCCG Pastor
and founder, Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi, from Yoruba into English.
When Rev Akindayomi died, Adeboye took over preaching and eventually
gave up his university position to preach full time.
full time, Adeboye put forth a goal to put a church “within 5 minutes”
of every home in the world. He was quite successful and now his
teachings are broadcast in over 100 countries and he has over 14,000
branches in Nigeria alone.
9. Benny Hinn: $42 Million
you were to think “controversial American Televangelist,” Benny Hinn
would come to mind. He’s best known for his regular “Miracle Crusades”—
faith healing summits that are usually held in stadiums in major cities.
Followers believe that if they are prayed over, they can be healed of
moving to the United States, Benny claimed that God was using him as a
conduit for healing, and began holding healing services in his church.
At Benny’s Miracle Crusades, he has allegedly healed attendees of
blindness, deafness, cancer, AIDS, and severe physical injuries.
been investigated by the United States Senate for manipulation of tax
status, and his Ministry has been flagged with a “Donor Alert” by
Ministry Watch several times. Regardless of his shady financial dealings
he still has a solid following in both Canada and the United States.
10.Chris Oyakhilome: $50 Million
Chris’s teachings, like Billy Hinn, center on “faith healing;” Chris
claims he can inspire faith that will heal any illness… including AIDS.
Despite his questionable teachings, his religious “business” is quite
impressive. His ministry runs several different branches including the
Healing School, Rhapsody of Realities, LoveWorld Books, and an NGO
called the Inner-city Missions for Children.
they own three Christian television channels: LoveWorld TV, LoveWorld
SAT and LoveWorld Plus. The television programs feature the famous faith
healings and miracles and have garnered over 2.5 million viewers in a
single night’s event.
The Government of South Africa and Treatment Action Campaign have both criticized Chris’s claims that he can cure HIV/AIDS.
2016, the South African government threatened to put Chris in jail if
his organization didn’t reveal what they do with the donations they