It is said that behind every successful man, there is a good woman. Many Christian ministries in the world today have become successful because the wives of the men who started those ministries are an asset to them. One of such ministries is Living Faith Church Worldwide – aka Winners’ Chapel. Founded and inaugurated in 1981 by Bishop David Oyedepo, Winners’ Chapel has been a beacon of hope and transformation to many Nigerians. More so, his marriage to Faith Abiola Oyedepo has been pivotal to the growth and success of the church.
David Oyedepo’s Wife Was Born Into a Large Family
Faith Oyedepo was born on February 5, 1958, to the Akano family. Until her wedding to Bishop Oyedepo in 1982, she was addressed as Miss Florence Abiola Akano. The sixth of eight children, Mama Faith gave her life to Christ as a teenager in 1976.
Not much is recorded with regards to other members of her birth family. However, like her husband, Pastor Faith Abiola Oyedepo hails from Kwara State, Nigeria. Details of her educational background are also vague but it is gathered that after completing her formal primary and secondary education in Kwara State, she proceeded to the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, for her tertiary education.
Her Journey Into the Ministry
Mama Faith’s journey as a Christian Minister began immediately after her university education. She received a mandate for a personalized ministry that caters to the needs and well-being of families. This mandate has pushed her to show people God’s will concerning their homes and families.
Needless to say that her marriage to Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder and president of Living Faith Church worldwide, aka Winners’ Chapel has greatly enhanced her work as a Christain minister. She is a senior pastor in the ministry, a teacher, and a role model to lots of women and families worldwide. Her untiring and persistent work towards the strengthening of the family unit and the well-being of homes, in general, has set her apart from many like her in the Nigerian Christian society. In fact, this template of modeling godly virtues to Christian women has become a guide to other Christian women leaders.
More so, Pastor Faith Oyedepo has through the Faith Abiola Oyedepo Foundation reached out to the underprivileged in the society and seen to the empowerment of women. The youth has also benefitted from the strong impact she and her husband has made in society through several scholarship schemes.
Faith Oyedepo & Bishop David Oyedepo’s Marriage
Faith Oyedepo is married to the renowned Nigerian minister of the Gospel, Bishop David Oyedepo. The pair met while she was still a student at the University of Ife and her husband still a Kwara polytechnic undergrad. Their paths crossed at a motor park in 1976, and their relationship started around that same time – Pastor Faith was 18 at the time. It was in the course of their courtship that Bishop Oyedepo received the mandate for Living Faith Church worldwide. The intense nature of the mandate caused Bishop David to vow before God that he would carry out the vision even at the cost of his life. He went further to document this vow and outlined the processes and challenges involved to Mama Faith. He also told her that he was willing to see it through and invited her to go on the journey with him. She agreed and proceeded to sign the document with the vow on it. The dynamics of their relationship changed after that day as they both became consumed by a desire to change the world through the preaching of the word of faith.
Their relationship continued for 6 years and they eventually got married in 1982 when Mama was 24 years old. Their union has lasted for 39 years and according to the power couple, the secret to their lasting marriage has been love, laughter, understanding, a commitment to each other, and a commitment to raising godly seeds.
Unlike most marriages, Christian or otherwise, this union has been devoid of controversy or unwanted scandal leading the couple to be considered as one of the foremost authorities in the institution of marriage. Their teachings and active modeling of what a peaceful and successful marriage should be like have helped to create stable marriage environments for most homes.
The Oyedepo’s Union Is Blessed With 4 Children
Beyond just having a blissful marriage with Bishop Oyedepo, Faith Oyedepo is also the mother of 4 children from their long-lasting union and they are David Jr. ( born 1 June 1983), Isaac (born 25th February 1985), Love (31st May 1987), and Joyce (27th September 1992).
Like their parents, the Oyedepo children have also followed in the path of preaching the gospel. David Oyedepo Jr. and Isaac Oyedepo were ordained as pastors in May 2007 by Kenneth Copeland. David Oyedepo Jr formerly pastored the London Branch of the Church with his wife, Kemi but is now the resident pastor of the Ministry’s headquarters church (Faith Tabernacle). He graduated from Oral Roberts University in the USA and is currently the youngest of 5 vice presidents in the ministry hierarchy. The [ag dob=”19830601″] year old is also the youngest member of the Covenant University governing council known as the Covenant University Board of Regents.
Isaac Oyedepo who is the second son and child of the Oyedepos, pastors Winners’ Chapel International, Maryland, in the United States of America with his wife Ayomitide. He was previously the Pastor of Living Faith Church South Africa. He also graduated from the prestigious Oral Roberts University, following in the footsteps of his older brother, David Jr.
The first daughter and 3rd child of the Oyedepos, Love is married to Pastor Stephen Ogah, who also pastors in Winners’ Chapel. She graduated from Covenant University Otta. She is the pioneer of ‘The Bloom Woman’ – an initiative aimed at helping women maximize their full potentials.
Joyce is the last child and second daughter of the Oyedepos. She married Abimbola Abodunrin in 2020. She passed through Faith Academy on her way to a university in the US. Joyce is a talented writer and speaker. She currently heads a foundation called ‘Women of the God kind’.
The true legacy of any leader is the number of people and lives he or she has touched or influenced. Mama Faith Abiola Oyedepo is a true example of a great leader both at the home front and in public as she continues to change and transform lives through the teaching of God’s word, in partnership with her husband.
How Many Books Has Faith Oyedepo Authored?
Mama Oyedepo is the author of quite a number of life-transforming books. One of such books is ‘Rescued from destruction’ which chronicles her journey through a very life-threatening health challenge. Some of her very important books include:
- Raising Godly Children
- Understanding womanhood
- Marriage Covenant
- Success in marriage
- The Healing Scriptures and many others.