Chris was born on the 7th of December 1963. He is the eldest son of the family of Tim Oyakhilome.
His Educational Background
Chris attended Edo State University now Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, where he obtained a degree in Architecture and an honorary Doctor of Science Award.
Ministry and theology
Chris Oyakhilome’s ministry is adjudged one of the biggest in Nigeria. The ministry has over 5000 branches spread across the world. In the course of his pastoral work for God, Pastor Chris has recorded lots of achievements.
Chris holds meetings in the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, he has “healing school” sessions in South Africa and Canada and other countries.
He was also the first to set up a Christian-based television network. This laudable breakthrough has a wider coverage from Africa to the rest of the world. He also held the largest single night event held in Nigeria in 2005 with over 3.5 million people in attendance, tagged “Good Friday Miracle Night”.
Chris Oyakhilome runs an online prayer network using social media platform to reach out to his millions of Christians spread in several countries. He is believed to have had over 3 million followers on Twitter presently and over 5 million followers on Facebook. He also operates a smartphone messenger called KingsChat.
Chris has successfully hosted 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.
This versatile man of God also operates an International School of Ministry. The Ministers’ Network Conferences was held in 2016 with about 5000 ministers in attendance from 145 countries, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Chris Oyakhilome is also the author of the daily devotional “Rhapsody of Realities” currently in over 1000 languages and is known to be the second most translated book in the world today after the Holy Bible.
In 2017, Chris Oyakhilome, in partnership with the renowned Evangelist, Benny Hinn, created the Christian Cable Channel LoveWorld USA, considered one of the most vibrant and wider network through which he reaches out to millions of Christians across the world with his sound teachings.
Chris Oyakhilome also operates a foundation known as the Inner City Mission Project. It is a platform set up to assist orphans, the poor, needies and the vulnerables in the inner cities. The foundation sends relief materials to countries when disasters occur and work with government agencies to help improve social wellbeing of victims.
In 2015, Chris Oyakhilome was a proud recipient of an honorary doctorate degree in divinity from Benson Idahosa University and an honorary Doctor of Science Award in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State respectively.
Like any other human being on earth, Chris has faced a number of controversies ranging from marital turbulence to his biblical teachings. For instance, his former wife, Anita, had on 8 February concluded her divorce with him and dropped his last name for “Obhodaghe”.
Again, the statement about marriage has been a subject of controversy. As the General Overseer of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris has come under strong criticism from Nigerians on social media over his religious views on gender equality.
A Facebook post cited an excerpt of the Clergyman’s message titled “Who is a husband and what is his role?”, in which husbands were referred to as “Masters” as opposed to “Male partners”.
Chris has also been criticised of preaching prosperity gospel and making his followers to donate hugely to his ministry with the belief that wealth, health and good luck await such donors.
Chris has authored over 70 books including “Rhapsody of Realities”, which is currently distributed monthly in several countries of the world. The books have helped change the mindsets of millions of people across the globe and embraced Jesus Christ as the true Son of God.
His Personal life
In 1991, Chris Oyakhilome married Anita Ebhodaghe. They had two daughters. Sadly enough, 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 for a reason Anita described as “Unreasonable Behavior.”
His Net Worth
Chris Oyakhilome is rated one of the richest and most influential pastors in Nigeria, as Forbes estimated his personal wealth from between $30 million and $50 million dollars in 2011.