Top 23 biggest churches in Nigeria (everything about them)

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Top 23 biggest churches in Nigeria and everything about them

It is no longer a news that Nigeria is the world’s second country that has the highest number of Christian churches. Every where you go nation wide, you must see different churches’ building and their members. Hence, we have decided to publish an article which can discuss with you top 23 biggest churches in Nigeria very little.

Today, we will show with you top 23 biggest churches in Nigeria, with their location, founder, year they were established and lots more about them right here in this post. Can we continue? Yap, of course? Let’s start!!

A Church is a building or house built purposely to be used for Christian worship services and other Christian religious activities.

In Nigeria, we have many men of God and Pastors who use their energy and wealth to build the whole church for Christians to worship the Lord according to anyhow they believe their Lord should be worshipped. Some Christians dance in the church as an act of worship while other Christains don’t agree with that.

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However, my focus was not to deeply go into the worshipping style of a Nigerian Christians but to show and discuss with you top 23 best and biggest churches in Nigeria and some important information about them like their founder, location, year they were established, etc.

Top 23 biggest churches in Nigeria and their location

The top 23 world’s most famous churches in Nigeria and their location are discussed in the table below.

#Church NameLocation
1Assemblies of God ChurchEnugu
2Celestial Church of ChristBenin
3Cherubim and SeraphimMinna
4Christ Apostolic ChurchNigeria
5Christ EmbassyLagos State
6Church of NigeriaBadagry
7Church of the LordOgere
8Deeper Christian Life MinistryLagos State
9Evangelical Church Winning AllJos
10Full Life Christian CentreAkwa Ibom State
11Living Faith Church WorldwideOta, Ogun
12Methodist Church NigeriaMarina/Lagos State
13Mountain of Fire and MiraclesYaba
14Nigerian Baptist ConventionIbadan
15Redeemed Christian Church of GodLagos State
16Roman Catholic ChurchNigeria
17Royal House of Grace International ChurchPort-Harcourt
18Salvation MinistriesPort-Harcourt
19The African ChurchLagos
20The Apostolic Church NigeriaLagos State
21The Lord’s ChosenMushin
22The Salvation ArmyLagos
23Word of Life Bible ChurchWarri

Everything about top Nigerian biggest churches

The top 23 biggest churches in Nigeria and every important information about some of them are discussed below one by one.

#1. Assemblies of God Church

Assemblies of God Nigeria was founded by Rev. Dr. Augustus O. Asonye in 1934. This church is one of the biggest in Nigeria headquartered in Enugu, Enugu state Nigeria.

Up till now, the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God Church, REV. PASTOR EJIKEME EJIM still lets the member of this church maintain holiness and worship the Holy God day and night.

They stand on three missions which are:

  1. To exist in propagating the gospel of Jesus Christ in Nigeria and beyond by all scriptural means in the power of the Holy Spirit.
  2. It was also established with a focus to encourage worship of God and promote fellowship among believers.
  3. And to develop educational work in so far as seems necessary for the proper growth and efficiency of the church.
AddressPlot R8/10 Ozubulu Street,
Independence Layout
Enugu, Enugu State
Telephone number234-803-739-8665 or 234-812-858-1284
Email address[email protected]
Websitewww.agnigeria.org

#2. Celestial Church of Christ

The Celestial Church of Christ (CCC) is a church founded in Africa by Samuel Oshoffa on 29 September 1947 in Porto-Novo, Benin. Now, it has branches located in most countries worldwide including the United States and various countries in Africa.

Every member of this church believes the inspiration from God through the manifestation of the Holy Spirit among the faithful.

Operating regionWorldwide
Notable locationPorto-Novo
Supreme Headquarters: Tchakou Benin
International Headquarters: Mission House, Ketu, Lagos, Nigeria
Holy City: Celestial City Imeko, Ogun State
FounderSamuel Oshoffa
Date founded and location29 September 1947 | Benin
Official websitehttp://cccworldwide.church/

#3. Cherubim and Seraphim

The founder, Moses Orimolade Tunolase, was born in 1879, into the quarters of the royal family of Omoba Ode Sodi of Okorun quarters, in Ikare, Nigeria.

The members of Cherubim and Seraphim believe in the use of water and oil. They believe that water has a type of healing power, because of the strength of baptism and the spirit of God that dwells within it. They also believe in the use of consecrated oil, because it is backed by the bible in James 5:14-15.

#4. Christ Apostolic Church

The Christ Apostolic Church, also spelled as CAC having different branches in Nigeria, is a distinctly African church identifying itself as a Pentecostal church believing in the efficacy of prayer, prophecy and divine healing.

It is the first Aladura Pentecostal church operating in Nigeria and other countries. It arose in the first half of the 20th century, in the then-British empire. It was formally established in 1941 by Joseph Ayo Babalola after a split from the Apostolic Church which the original Aladura organization had invited to Nigeria. 

Being one of the biggest apostolic Pentecostals churches in Nigeria, all members of Christ Apostolic Church are not permitted to use alcohol or tobacco. They generally don’t watch useless TV or movies either. Meanwhile, their female members are encouraged to always wear long dresses they don’t cut their hair or wear makeup.

#5. Christ Embassy

Christ Embassy, also known as LoveWorld Incorporated or Believers’ Loveworld, is a megachurch and a Christian denomination founded by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome in 1987.

Through an anointed ministry spanning over 30 years, Pastor, teacher, healing minister, television host, and best-selling author, Rev. Dr. Chris Oyakhilome Dsc. DD. has helped millions experience a victorious and purposeful life in God’s word.

TypeEvangelicalism
Operating regionWorld wide
HeadquartersLagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
FounderChris Oyakhilome
Founded1987
Official websitewww.christembassy.org

#6. Church of Nigeria

The Church of Nigeria is the Anglican church in Nigeria founded in 1842. It is the second-largest province in the Anglican Communion after the Church of England. As of 2016, its Nigerian members was over 18 million out of a total Nigerian population of 190 million.

The Church of Nigeria as an Anglican Communion, it shall be for for ever; Bible-based, spiritually dynamic, united, disciplined, self supporting, committed to pragmatic evangelism, social welfare and a Church that epitomizes the genuine love of Christ.

#7. Church of the Lord

The Church of the Lord, also known as Aladura churches is one of the top 23 biggest churches in Nigeria harnessing their members to believe in the power of praying and in faith healing and various elements associated with Pentecostalism. Most of the founders of the churches were associated with Anglicanism, though some Methodists joined the movement as well.

It is an African initiated Church founded by Josiah Olunowo Ositelu in 1925 and inaugurated in 1930 in Ogere Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria. The founder of this church, Ositelu was born on 15 May 1900 at Ogere, ijebu-Remo, Ogun State in Nigeria.

#8. Deeper Christian Life Ministry

Deeper Christian Life Ministry is also known as Deeper Life Bible Church, a Pentecostal Christian denomination international branches while headquartered in Gbagada, Lagos. Presently, it is overseen by the General Superintendent, Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi.

The Deeper Christian Life Ministry along with its church arm, the Deeper Life Bible Church, which

It is one of the biggest churches in Nigeria now having an over one million members in more than sixty countries around the world while it was then started with fifteen-member Bible Study group in Pastor William Kumuyi’s official quarters at the University of Lagos in August, 1973.

Up till now, the founder of Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi who was born on 6 June 1941 is the General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry situated at Gbagada, Lagos, Nigeria. He has authored several Christian books and devotionals.

Organization type Evangelical
Operational regionWorld wide
HeadquarterGbagada, Lagos State, Nigeria
FounderWilliam F. Kumuyi
Year founded1973
Official websitewww.dclm.org

#9. Evangelical Church Winning All

The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) was established in 1941 by Rev.Dr.William G.Crouch, an American Missionary from California who came to Nigeria on the platform of the Sudan Interior Mission.

It is one of the top 23 Nigeria’s biggest churches with about ten million members. ECWA is a partner church of the international Christian mission organization, Serving In Mission, formerly Sudan Interior Mission.

Website: www.ecwamedservices.com | Year founded: 1954 | Address: 69 Ayilara St, Idi Oro 101241, Lagos.

#10. Full Life Christian Centre

The service date of Full Life Christian Centre is Wednesday and Sunday, please join them for deep reaching worship, mind blowing wonders and life-changing word encounters.

It is a Pentecostal Christian denomination headquartered in Uyo. Meanwhile, the founder of Full Life Christian Centre is Reverend Ntia I. Ntia founded it in June 2000. Now, it is known one of the largest Christian congregations in South South Nigeria having an average weekly attendance of 10,000 meeting in the Church’s largest worship facility Noah’s Ark Auditorium.

The headquarter of Full Life Christian Centre is located at Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Operational region Nigeria
Websitewww.fulllifefoundation.org

#11. Living Faith Church Worldwide

The Living Faith Church Worldwide is another one of the top 23 biggest churches in Nigeria by David Olatunji Abioye, a Nigerian Christian author and preacher.

The national headquarter of it now is located in Ota, Ogun state, Nigeria. Meanwhile, Living Faith Church is operating in 145 plus countries.

Church typeEvangelicalism
HeadquarterCanaanland, Km. 10, Idiroko Road, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria
FounderBishop David Oyedepo
Year foundedMay 2, 1981
Official websitewww.faithtabernacle.org.ng, www.davidabioye.org.ng

#12. Methodist Church Nigeria

Methodist Church Nigeria was established with the arrival in 1842 by a Wesleyan Methodist Church missionary.

The faith system of Methodist Church Nigeria is more or less similar to many denominations of Christianity. In fact, certain doctrines may differ from the others as well. Methodist strongly believe in God, the Bible as well as Jesus Christ while considering as the saviour of Humanity.

The Methodist Church Nigeria (MCN) has been at the forefront of spiritual and social transformation, by spreading spiritual holiness and investing in medical-health services and social-economic welfare of the people. It has established various institutions like the leprosy centre, three mentally ill-destitute centres, and an orphanage centre, for children orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

#13. Mountain of Fire and Miracles

The Mountain of Fire and Miracles (MFM) is a ministrial and Pentecostal denomination church founded in Yaba, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria in 1989 by Daniel Kolawole Olukoya (DKO).

Being one of top 23 biggest churches in Nigeria, it delivers people who are in demonic situation. You can know the Mountain of fire and miracles Ministries prayer points and their deliverance days by visiting their website at www.mountainoffire.org or click here to contact them for every thing.

MFM has now gotten 300 plus churches within Nigeria only and have different branches in some African and Western countries.

The founder of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries has authored many best-selling Christian books which can be founded and bought on Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya’s website at www.dkoebooks.com.

If you need prayer of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries, please email [email protected]. Your prayer request will be forwarded to the Prayer Warrior and Intercessory team. You can also call for prayer on: +234 (803) 078-0919 or +234 (817) 363-1657.

#14. Nigerian Baptist Convention

The Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC) is a Baptist Christian denomination church founded in 1914 now affiliated with the Baptist World Alliance headquartered in Ibadan, Nigeria. Presently, Rev. Dr. Israel Adélaní Àkànjí is its CEO and president.

Baptist work in Nigeria began with the appointment by the Southern Baptist Convention of America of the first missionary to the country, Rev. Thomas Jefferson Bowen in 1849. He arrived Badagry, Nigeria on the 5th of August, 1850.

From 1914, Baptist work entered a new phase with new initiatives and significant progress in growth, geographical expansion, the founding of new institutions and agencies, increase in the work of missions, and the development of a remarkably successful plan of financial support. Mission work during this period was characterized by the numerical growth of members and baptized converts. As soon as a Baptist community was opened up in an area, it began to spread its tentacles by helping to establish sister churches and preaching stations.

The Nigerian Baptist Convention operates several hospitals and medical training institutions across the country. One being the Baptist Medical Centre located in Ogbomoso, now called Bowen University Teaching Hospital which still remains one of the leading hospitals and has been in use as a university teaching hospital by the Bowen University in Iwo, since December 2009.

Also, the Nigerian Baptist Convention operates other top flight Baptist medical centres (with Schools of Nursing and Midwifery) located in Eku and Saki; and several other minor Baptist hospitals across Nigeria. Others includes Oliveth Baptist Hospital, Oliveth heights, Oyo, Oyo State.

Nigerian Baptist Convention’s insight
AKANBC
ClassificationEvangelical Christianity
Organization typeBaptist
President/CEORev. Dr. Israel Adélaní Àkànjí
HeadquarterIbadan, Nigeria
Year founded1914
Members8,000,637
Websitewww.nigerianbaptist.org

#15. Redeemed Christian Church of God

Every member RCCG beliefs in the Bible and the Holy spirit, hence, they belief that the Devil exists, that God formed man in his image, in repentance, in cleansing from sins by God’s grace, in sanctification, water baptism, Holy Spirit baptism, restitution and that God can heal without medicine.

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) is a Pentecostal megachurch and denomination founded in Lagos, Nigeria by Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi but the General overseer of it now is Pastor Enoch Adeboye who was being ordained in 1981.

In 2019, RCCG had 19, 000 churches and 5 million members in Nigeria. Now, it has branches in 120 plus countries.

All RCCG operating countries and their headquarter address can be found on their dedicated website: www.rccghq.org.

#16. Roman Catholic Church

Please note that the main differences between Roman Catholics church and Catholics church are that Roman Catholics form the major Christian group while Catholics are only a small group of the Christian community called “Greek Orthodox.” It is believed that when Christianity started, only one church was followed.

Every member of the Catholic church strongly beliefs there is God’s existence; God cares for every individual human beings, the only way to enter onto relations with God is through prayer. They also belief in the Trinity; the divinity of Jesus; the immortality of the soul of each human being and finally belief that each one being will be accountable at death for his or her actions he/she had taken on earth.

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