Biography of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome

Full Biography of Pastor Dr. Chris Oyahkhilome

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome (D.Sc., D.D.) was born in Edo State, Nigeria on the 7th of December, 1963. He is the eldest son of the family of Elder Tim E. Oyakhilome and Angelina. Pastor Chris is the founder and president of LoveWorld Incorporated and Christ Embassy.

A man sent by God and a unique minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, his Spirit-filled and anointed leadership helps him lead a dynamic, multifaceted and global ministry. As a pastor, teacher, healing minister, television host and best-selling author, Pastor Chris daily exudes an insatiable passion to reach the peoples of the world with God's manifest presence; a divine commission he has diligently focused on fulfilling for more than 30 years.

As an extraordinary man, the story Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s life is inspiring and can be summed up with a simple but telling passage from Galatians 5:25: “If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit”.

Pastor Christ grew up in Edo State, Nigeria where his lineage is steeped in bible teachings. He completed his high school education at Edo College before studying Architecture at the Bendel State University (now Ambrose Alli University as a tribute to its founder Governor Ambrose Ali). It was at this university that Pastor Chris Oyakhilome started to forge his own spiritual path. He established a student fellowship called Youth For Christ, a group that became one the largest and most popular organizations on the campus and its members included choir leader, Reverend Tom Amenkhienan. Pastor Chris' ministry started as a prayer group which gathered momentum and in 1987, Pastor Chris formed a church called Christ Embassy.  There is so much more to Pastor Chris’s Ministry than prayer alone, so when it came time to establish a name for the organization that encompassed all of his Ministry and activities, he selected Believers’ LoveWorld Inc, which reflects the holistic nature of this megachurch. The organization was recently renamed as LoveWorld Inc.

The LoveWorld a Christian Ministry is based in Lagos, Nigeria and has thousands of branches in five continents across the world. There are over 13 million people who are members of the ministry. Pastor Chris began his ministry by leading prayers for a few, and now, he leads prayers for millions of believers. He has written a daily devotional Bible called the Rhapsody of Realities which has been translated into hundreds of languages, enhancing the worship of Christians around the world. Pastor Chris also founded a Healing Ministry dedicated to helping those who have no hope The Healing School is an integral part of his ministry. There are Healing Schools located in Canada and South Africa. Through prayer and partnerships, Dr. Chris is making countless lives better.

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In 2003 Pastor Chris’s television network became the first Christian channel to broadcast from Africa to the rest of the world. The success of this television ministry has led to the establishment of several television outlets worldwide including LoveWorldTV in the UK, LoveWorldSAT in South-Africa, LoveWorld PLUS in Nigeria, LoveWorld Canada in Canada, and LoveWorld USA. You can find prayer, debates, and music on these wholesome channels.

Pastor Chris has authored many books and delivered hundreds of thousands of sermons. He recently launched The Pastor Chris Digital Library where you can find many of his great works and inspiring ideas. Harnessing today’s technology, this collection is available via a downloadable app.

In order for his followers to stay connected, Pastor Chris has developed a pioneering social media messaging service called KingsChat. Recently, there have been many more downloadable apps that allow his church members to access LoveWorld Inc’s rich and varied programming instantly.

Songs and Gospel Music are an integral part of worship. Pastor Chris encourages Christ Embassy Churches to have a choir trained by the Loveworld Music and Arts Ministry, known as LMAM. Through the spirit and guidance of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, many of these singers go on to have successful solo careers. LMAM has had exciting festivals showcasing their remarkable talent and award ceremonies honoring their outstanding stars.

With such a diverse and successful ministry, it’s easy to see how Pastor Chris’s message has reached so many souls, especially the youth. Many of those inspired young people will grow spiritually through the teachings of Pastor Chris and become pastors themselves. Pastor Chris’s International School For Ministry, has seen an increasing number of people signing up for the many training programs on offer. Whether you want a career doing outreach or you are inspired to spread the Word to those you meet, the lessons are available in many formats including online webinars.
Pastor Chris’s family and children

A biography isn’t complete without mention of Pastor Chris’s family. His daughter Sharon is an inspirational gospel singer who lives in London and recently married Phillip Frimpong. Her sister Charlene was a stunning bridesmaid at her wedding. The event was one of the most prestigious in the whole of Nigeria.

Sharon’s songs are inspired by her father’s words. These songs are really a glorification of her father, Chris Oyakhiome’s biography. He believes that: “every child is your child”.

As well as preaching the Gospel, the Man of God has established NGOs with a mission of delivering vital services and hope to the poor, needy and forgotten souls. The Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International (COFI) has five partners that are all dedicated to raising living standards in some of the most underdeveloped areas.

They minister to the medical needs of some of the poorest people. The Trauma Care Foundation International (TCFI) is committed to improving trauma care and emergency response services through advocacy, health education, and community-based projects. They have consultative status with the United Nations and have attended high-level meetings which are a credit to the work of Pastor Chris.

The Volunteer Medical Corps are on hand to go out into the community and provide medical assistance to those in dire need. They also provide sustainable solutions to empower communities for the future. Pastor Chris knows the needs of his worldwide community are both physical and spiritual.

The mission of the “Bible For All” program is to ensure the written word of God is available in every home. They translate and distribute copies of the Bible to hundreds of thousands of people every year.

His charity also provides sustenance to indigent children. The Inner City Mission provides relief for the hungry. It is also an initiative to support the education of many children who would be ignored otherwise. Pastor Chris is giving them a brighter future, offering them the chance to go to school and succeed.

The Future African Leaders Foundation (FALF) is an organization that can perpetuate the inspiring work of Pastor Chris. It is aimed at building young people and preparing them for a positive future by recognizing and supporting their incredible achievements. Pastor Chris is investing in the youth of today so they can be the leaders of tomorrow.

Under the guidance of the Man of God, Dr. Reverand Chris Oyakhilome, so many lives are being changed for the better. We all look forward to reading the next chapter of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s biography.

Oyakhilome's ministry holds meetings in the United Kingdom and the United States, and has "healing school" sessions in South Africa, Lagos and Canada. He was also the first to pioneer a Christian-based television network from Africa to the rest of the world. He also held the largest single night event held in Nigeria in 2005 with 3.5 million people in attendance "Good Friday Miracle Night". Oyakhilome also hosts Higher Life conferences in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, UK, US and Canada, and organized the Night of Bliss South Africa event at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. Oyakhilome also operates an International School of Ministry, which held one of its Ministers' Network Conferences in 2016 with 5,000 ministers in attendance from 145 countries, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Oyakhilome runs an online prayer network using social media to send messages to Christians in several countries. He had over 1.2 million followers on Twitter in 2013, over 1.9 million followers on Facebook, and operates a smartphone messenger called KingsChat. Oyakhilome is also the author of  many books, popular among them is the daily devotional "Rhapsody of Realities" which is widely shared for free across the world. In 2015, Oyakhilome was given an honorary doctorate from Ambrose Alli University, and Benson Idahosa University. In 2017, Oyakhilome, in partnership with Benny Hinn, created the Christian cable channel LoveWorld USA.

In 1991, Oyakhilome married Anita Ebhodaghe. They had two daughters. Anita Ebodaghe filed for divorce on 9 April 2014 at the Central Family Court in London. After the separation, they also decided to share custody of their two children. They divorced in February 2016 after 25 years of marriage on the basis of "Unreasonable Behavior." On 6 October 2018, Oyakhilome's first daughter Sharron Oyakhilome, married Phillip Frimpong; a Ghanaian man, and her mother was reportedly absent.

In 2011, Forbes estimated Oyakhilome's personal wealth as between $30 million and $50 million.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome operates the Inner City Mission Project, which assists orphaned and indigent children in inner cities in several countries. The organisation is under the auspices of the Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International (COFI), which works to help the poor and those in the inner cities. They send relief materials to countries when disasters strike and work with government officials to improve social wellbeing.

The Chris Oyakhilome Foundation is one of the major sponsors of the inner city orphanage homes in Africa managed by pushaboo, an organisation spearheading the care of mothers and babies around the world.

Other agencies supported by Chris Oyakhilome Foundation International (COFI) are the Volunteer Medical Corps, Trauma Care International Foundation, InnerCity Mission for Children, Future Africa Leaders Foundation and the Bible for All Mission.

Oyakhilome has an honorary doctorate degree in divinity from Benson Idahosa University. He is also a graduate of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, where he obtained a degree in Architecture and an honorary Doctor of Science award.  

The Man of God, Reverend Dr. Chris Oyakhilome, is the spiritual father to millions of followers.  Christ Embassy is a huge Christian family spreading messages of love, hope, and encouragement. Like all supportive families, they are close in many ways. There are over 145 branches of Christ Embassy on five continents. The question is often asked, “Who are the members of the family of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome?”

His father, Elder T.E Oyakhilome, was one of the pioneers of the Assemblies of God Church in Benin City. He was indeed an inspiration to his firstborn son, Pastor Chris. Growing up in a household that espouses a pure Christian message is a true blessing.

We understand the pride his late father must have felt watching his firstborn son spread the Gospel message that Jesus Christ is our Savior. His father’s work must have undoubtedly had a great impact on the young Chris Oyakhilome. He went on his first crusade at the youthful age of nine.

The commandment to honor your parents is a promise that Chris Oyakhilome has fulfilled. From leading prayer groups at university to delivering sermons to millions, Pastor Chris has honored his father in the spirit of a devout and true Christian.

Pastor Chris honored his mother Angelina when she turned 80 with a celebration in Benin. Described as the “quintessential matriarch,” she is revered and adored for her fairness and grace. She is a loving mother, grandmother, and mother-in-law who has imprinted her divine grace on her son. 

Tim Oyakhilome and Angelina had two other children. Pastor Chris’s brother is known respectfully as Reverend Ken. He has imparted much wisdom and changed many lives as an esteemed Pastor of Christ Embassy’s Houston, Texas branch. He is also a member of Christ Embassy Central Executive Council.

Pastor Chris’s sister, Katty Worghiren, is the director of the LoveWorld Music & Arts Ministry (LMAM). She started out as an impressive member of the choir. Her songwriting talent has led to some of the most famous LoveWorld songs. As many of the members of Christ Embassy know, for Pastor Chris Oyakhilome this is a personal family as well as a global family. The immersion of his family in the mission and ministry of the teachings of the Gospel is truly inspiring.

The marriage of Pastor Chris produced two wonderful daughters. He and his former wife Anita may have chosen to end their union, nevertheless, they love their beautiful daughters Carissa Sharon and Charlene very much. Currently, they both live in London.

Known widely in the gospel singer’s community by her initials CSO, Pastor Chris’s daughter Sharon is a rising gospel star, who, inspired by her father’s teachings, wrote the award-winning song “Holy Spirit” as a testament to her deeply felt Christian devotion. She is also an inspiring leader of the Global Youth Leaders Forum and presents many shows on its online channels. Her wedding to Phillip Frimpong was one of the most beautiful in the whole of Africa with her sister Charlene, who served as her chief bridesmaid. It is impossible not to be moved by the love emanating from Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s family.

Closely related in ministry and by blood is Pastor Chris Oyakhilome’s nephew, Pastor Daysman Oyakhilome Woghiren. He is one of Africa’s emerging leaders who is using his talents to inspire young people to be touched by the Word of God. As a businessman and the CEO of Carel Films Enterprise, he spreads the Good News using modern media and communication mediums. He has produced over 100 Christian music videos and animations, including “I Know Who I Am” by Sinach, “Kinging” by Rozey, “Igbunu” by Micheal Jaffe, “Untouchable” by TB1, amongst many others. At the age of 20, he won the American Academy of Animations Award three times. He was also the winner of the prestigious Walt Disney Award and nominee for a Future African Leaders Award FALA).

In the family of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the teachings of Jesus Christ are an integral part of their lives and achievements as they are steeped in God’s work. In the words of the Man of God, these family members know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God to bring sinners out of sin, into the life of righteousness.

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome welcomed his first grand child on April 29th, 2021. His grand daughter, Arielle Rachelle Marise was born to her parents, Sharon (Oyakhilome's daughter) and Phil.

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  1. Dear Lady Testimony, very good biography but pastor Chris actually has 3 siblings. The one you have not mentioned is pastor Linda, who also married a member of the CEC council, rev. Ray Okocha.
    Secondly pastor Chris' Father was not a pastor founder of AOG. That was his grand father. In His testimonies pastor said that his father have had the experience of an absent father, since he was a busy minister. So when his son started manifesting the intention to join the ministry his was very reluctant and initially he didn't back him up

  2. Pastor Chris has five sisters and one brother

    1. This is true. Pastor Chris' siblings are as follows:

      Beayeta Akhuemokhan (nee Oyakhilome)
      Mercy Oyakhilome
      Chris Oyakhilome (Pastor Chris)
      Ken Oyakhilome
      Linda Okocha (Nee Oyakhilome)
      Kathy Woghiren (new Oyakhilome)
      Pastor Lovelina Osasuwa (new Oyakhilome)

      This is the listing and ranking of Pastor Chris and his siblings. Kindly update your article. Thank you.


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