Biography of Apostle Dr. Emmanuel Iren

Born December 18th, 1989, Apostle Dr. Emmanuel Aniefiok Iren is the Founder and Lead Pastor of Celebration Church International, with its headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria. He has a passion to partner with people for their progress and joy in the Christian faith.

Apostle Emmanuel Iren hails from Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. With a knack for simplicity in his teachings, his sermons are relatable. His ministry is totally sold out to raising saints who are grounded in the knowledge of Christ and well-equipped to take on the work of ministry; which is  the spreading of the Gospel.

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Apostle Emmanuel attended Saint Bernadettes Nursery and Primary School in Ipaja, Lagos. From there he moved on to Queen’s Choice Nursery and Primary School College in Ikotun, Lagos and later attended Doregos Private Academy for his secondary education.

Apostle Emmanuel Iren is a graduate of Building Technology from Covenant University. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Lagos.

Apsotle Emmanuel Iren served as a Pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God for 9 years, an experience he described as having an indelible impact on his life. He started out as a drummer boy to representing his zone at Sunday School Bible quizzes and at the age of thirteen (13), he preached his first ever sermon on a Sunday morning at Teens Week for his then RCCG branch.

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As a spiritual son to Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, Apostle Emmanuel Iren received his ministerial calling while as an undergraduate at Covenant University in 2008, where he began ministering to people. He began a fellowship known as Triumphal Youth Fellowship still while on Campus and the fellowship grew to later become a ministry of its own (Life Triumphal Church). He inaugurated the first campus of the church at the age of twenty-two (22). The inauguration was on the 11th of November, 2012 at the Emsquare, Ijegun. Later in 2014, the church was named the Celebration Church International.

Apostle Emmanuel Iren lives out his ultimate passion to see people established in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Celebration Church has vibrant branches in Lagos, Abuja, Port-Harcourt and Ile-Ife. Besides Celebration Church, He also oversees two other ministerial expressions namely, Manifest Bible Course- an interdenominational bible training school and Triumph30 devotional – a daily devotion platform setup to help people develop a culture of devotional prayer and bible study.

Apostle Emmanuel Iren is also a songwriter with over 12 songs to his credit. He is the founder and principal songwriter for Outburst Music Group – a Christian record label committed to creating Christ centered music. The debut album titled Kerygma was launched in December 2017. Pastor Emmanuel Iren also recently featured in  hit song titled Zoe.

In 2023, Apostle Emmanuel Iren was awarded a Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Myles University in recognition of his efforts and contributions to the society. He was also was recognised by the YNaija church 100 as one of the 100 people that has made a great impact in the body of Christ in April 2020. 

Apostle Emmanuel Iren is happily married to his heartthrob, Pastor Laju Iren. He got married to his wife in November 2014 at the age of 24. They are currently blessed with four children - three lovely girls  - Ruby-Grace, Nadia, Nasara and Kairos Iren.

Songs and Musical Releases by Apostle Emmanuel Iren

Apostle Emmanuel Iren officially released his first music album on August 8th, 2022. Titled Apostolos, the Albums contains the following tracks.


Books by Apostle Emmanuel Iren

As an established author, Apostle Emmanuel Iren has written and published the following books

  • Praybook
  • Am I Being Fooled? (FAQs about God, the Bible and Jesus Christ)
  • Leading Seeks You (Simple keys to Discerning Divine Direction)
  • Purposefully (Discovering the Purpose of Life)

Apostle Emmanuel Iren is active on social media. You can connect with him via his official handles on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and X. You can also follow his ministry updates via his official YouTube channel here.

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  1. I love ur grace

  2. Hey guys. Good work but some of parts of your story aren't correct.
    1. He didn't serve as a pastor in RCCG
    2. The headquarters of the ministry isn't Abuja

    I'm a spiritual son of Apostle so I'm sure of what i'm saying

    1. I think the HQ was captured correctly as Lagos. You may need to double check.

  3. Great work guys but needs an update. Saying this because lot of other platforms quote this blog a lot.Apostle Emmanuel Iren has four children.
    He was never a pastor in Redeemed Christian Church of God. He grew up as a member of Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel), attended Covenant University and went ahead to start a fellowship while in school that metamorphosed into Celebration Church International. He has Bishop Oyedepo and Pastor Chris Oyahkilome as his spiritual mentors.


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