David Oyedepo comes from rather humble
beginnings, but during the span of his career he became the founder and
presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church Worldwide and the Faith
Tabernacle megachurch, which are of the most successful religious
organizations in Africa, with the Faith Tabernacle being able to sit up
to 50,000 visitors.
Over the years, Oyedepo’s personal
wealth grew as quickly as his religious following. There have been many
reports on the state of his fortune, although not all of them have been
true. However, we know for a fact that Mr. Oyedepo is currently worth
over $150 million, which means he’s definitely no longer the poor Kwara
But Sometimes, we just have to wonder if
a person needs a personal airplane for his or her happiness. We can
understand if the head of a country needs a plane for work duties.
It is undoubtedly and not obligatory to
explain the reason. What about a big businessman? He will probably buy a
jet if he owns a large transnational company. From time to time, he
probably has to be at one region or another, available to solve any
important issues concerning the business and well-being of thousands of
Take a Muslim Sheikh for instance, Does
he need a private airplane? Is it considered a sign of success and
prestige among his peers or should he just buy one on a whim? And a
Pastor of a Protestant Church.
Does he need a private jet too? When it
comes to talks about pastors, many questions arise. For what purpose
does he need it? Where does he get the money to buy a plane? What
happens when he has not one plane, but four?
What does he need four planes for? What
will he do with all of them? Who will service the aircraft and a lease
him a hangar? How much will the Pastor pay for it? We are talking about a
large amount of money, even if the church has a large parish.
In Nigeria, some not-so-rich believers
often give donations to church from their heart. But some of them don’t
even have enough to eat.
In recent years, the “battle” between
Pastors of the largest church parishes takes place on the African
continent. Ordinary people argue whose plane is cooler, more expensive
and more powerful. Today we shall talk about the Head Pastor of one
Protestant church. They say he has a fleet of personal aircraft.
David Oyedepo and his private jets
Bishop David Oyedepo is arguably the
richest pastor in Nigeria. His net worth is considered to be from 100 to
200 Million dollars. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. In
addition to the luxury house, cars and a huge bank account, the pastor
has several personal jets.
David Oyedepo is the Head Pastor and
Minister of Living Faith Church Worldwide. The head office is located at
the Canaan Land in Ogun State. David Oyedepo founded the Faith
It has the largest church auditorium
which holds over fifty thousand believers. He is also an educationist
and the author of a vast number of books and articles about God, Faith
and Church. He has become one of the most famous Pastors in the world.
The Church gave him the ability to make millions of dollars.
He likes to spend a lot of money on all
things expensive and exclusive. Davide Oyedepo receives a lot of gifts
and offerings through his church. It’s not just money but also cars and
many other valuables. For many years several thousand cars were donated
to Living Faith Church Worldwide. You can see Bishop David Oyedepo often
in his luxurious cars and of course, his private jet.
His church has its branches in 45
African countries and other parts of the world. Perhaps in order to
visit his flock without obstacles, regardless of the schedule and other
circumstances connected with the planned airplanes, Davide Oyedepo
purchased the aircraft.
How many private jets does Bishop David Oyedepo have?
The first jet Davide Oyedepo bought was
in 1996. By the end of 2011, he had four planes already. e He is also
the owner of a private aircraft hangar at the Murtala Mohammed
International Airport. The hangar can take five planes.
Various Internet publications show a
different number of aircraft belonging to the richest Pastor in Nigeria.
Most websites indicate four aircraft. Others say the pastor has only
two jets or even one. How many jets does Davide Oyedepo
actually have? Only the pastor himself, his entourage or staff at his
hangar can answer this. The cost of planes is also indicated
differently. It’s reported that among the aircraft belonging to the
pastor there are:
• Gulfstream I
• Gulfstream IV
• Bombardier Challenger 604 (N664D)
• Gulfstream V Jet For example, the value of one of his
aircraft Gulfstream V Jet is indicated by some Internet publications in
the amount of 35 million dollars. The others say it is about 32 million.
Some even asserts the sum of 30 million dollars. Let us share a few
info about the Gulfstream V Jet.
It was a recent purchase by David
Oyedepo and his Church. This model of aircraft can fly without refueling
for almost twelve thousand km (one-third of the globe). Its flight
altitude is 1,550 m. The maximum time in the air is thirteen hours.
The number of passengers is fourteen. It
is considered to be the world’s best business jet. Such an aircraft is
acquired by the countries for the transportation of high-ranking
government officials. We should admit that besides the jets,
Davide Oyedepo and Living Faith Church Worldwide own the company
Dominion Air which is engaged in aircraft maintenance.
The popular Pastor assures that the
aircraft were purchased exclusively for the needs of the church. And
that they are extremely necessary. Obviously, without aircraft, church
affairs will not go as well. In conclusion, the only thing we want to
note is that you will not be closer to God even if you buy the most
expensive and high-tech jet. You can only come to Him by doing good
deeds, sincerely helping all the poor, sick and suffering