With all due respect, I started noticing a l-o-n-g time ago that being a preacher is one of the most lucrative “jobs” out there. Many of us in the Black community grew up listening to a preacher on the radio or watching a pastor on Sunday morning TV — as our household prepared for church. At the time, and I know I’m dating myself here, televangelist Billy Graham was the it preacher. Little did we know how much of a big business church would become.
Yes, God is good! Real good.
Just take a look at these preachers who have built an impressive amount of wealth from preaching the Word.
Bishop David Oyedepo
Bishop Oyedepo hails from Osogbo, Nigeria. He is 62 years old and as of 2017, his net worth is $150 Million. He has been married since 1982 and has four children. According to Wikipedia, he is a Christian pastor and founder and presiding Bishop at the megachurch Faith Tabernacle in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, as well as the Living Faith Church Worldwide, aka Winners’ Chapel .
To those of us in the United States, Bishop T.D. Jakes may be a more familiar name.
Born Thomas Dexter “T.D.” Jakes, Sr., the Bishop hails from South Charleston, West Virginia and is 59 years old. He has been married since 1981 and has five children. Not only is he the pastor of the nondenominational megachurch The Potters House, he has built his business of preaching the Word by becoming an author, and filmmaker. Today, according to Wikipedia, his net worth stands at $147 Million.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
Pastor Oyakhilome hails from Edo State, Nigeria. He is 53 years old and married with two children. Wikipedia says he is the founding president of Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated, aka Christ Embassy, in Lagos. His net worth is recorded at $50 Million.
Next up is Nigerian pastor E. A. Adeboye
Pastor Adeboye looks great at 75-years-old. He hails from Osun, Nigeria and according to Wikipedia, was ordained General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 1981, taking over from Papa Akindayomi, who had died the previous year. Married since 1967, the pastor has 4 children and his net worth is recorded at $39 Million.
And finally, us U. S. bred folks have another familiar name. The man with money in his name: Creflo $$ Dollar was destined to be a millionaire!
Creflo Augustus Dollar, Jr. is 55-years-old and hails from College Park, GA. A televangelist pastor and founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International based in his home town, he is married with five children and has a net worth, according to Wikipedia, of $27 Million.