Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi – Founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church
Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi, first-Class Degree in Mathematics at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria who became a Pastor of a mega church, from Professor to a Preacher.
Pastor WF Kumuyi, popular known as Pastor Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.
Kumuyi was born into a Christian family in Erin-Ijesha, Osun State, Nigeria.
He completed his secondary school education in 1961, and in 1962 started teaching mathematics at Mayflower School in Ikenne, Ogun-State.
From where he proceeded to the University of Ibadan and in 1967 graduated with a first-class honours degree in mathematics. He became a born-again Christian in April 1964.
W.F. Kumuyi was born into an Anglican home. It was a very strict Christian home, he told Isaacson, “We would get up in the morning, read the Bible, sing hymns, and go to church regularly.
When I went to secondary school I lost interest in the church because our principal taught us atheism.
But after a while I thought again and started going to various churches in town. Eventually, in 1963, a group of singers and preachers from a Gospel church got permission to come to the school.
I understood the Gospel message, and was born again on April 5th, 1964.
I read John Wesley, Charles Finney, Spurgeon, and lots of other books.
I got involved with the Scripture Union, and I grew.”
He gained a first-class degree in Mathematics at the University of Ibadan; then went back to Mayflower School to teach.
After five years he went to the University of Lagos to do a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and became a lecturer there in 1973; and that was when he started a small Deeper Life Bible Study group.
In 1973, while serving as Maths Lecturer at the University of Lagos, Pastor Kumuyi started a Bible study group with 15 university students who had come to him requesting training in the Scriptures.
By the early 1980’s that small group had grown to several thousand, at which time Deeper Life Bible Church was formally established.
By 1988 the congregation had grown to 50,000, and now numbers over 120,000 members, making it the third largest Christian church in the world.
Dr. Johan Combrinck reports that the Deeper Life Bible Church not only has an attendance of 120,000 every Sunday, but has planted 500 churches in Lagos, 5,000 in the rest of Nigeria (with an independent estimate of more than 800,000 members in Nigeria alone), and 3,000 elsewhere (with missionaries to 40 countries of Africa) as the movement missionary contribution.
Pastor Kumuyi’s own Christian life developed because he took the Bible so seriously, and so the Deeper Christian Life Ministry has developed in the same way.
In Alan Isaacson’s own words, he “preached Deeper Life into existence.”
His sermons were captivating, wrote Isaacson, “I would classify him as one of the greatest living preachers, giving a straightforward Bible-based message,his sermons thorough, and always personally challenging.
He always gave a wide range of cross-references which were read in their context, supporting, clarifying and expanding his main points.
He spoke clearly and authoritatively to the Nigerian situation. He dealt sensitively with African culture, but also made a firm stand in highlighting the points where local culture was incompatible with the will of God.
While stressing the high moral tone which is one of the virtues of most African cultures at their best, he was at pains to specify those aspects of local culture which were unchristian and even evil.
In this way he was not only concerned with some kind of personal holiness, but also genuinely seeking the wholeness and harmony of the community at large, where truth, honesty, and justice should be the predominant characteristics.
He is not tall, and does not have a larger-than-life character. He does not dominate, nor has he accrued power to himself.
He walks slowly, is relaxed, and has a gentle sense of humour with a warm smile and a twinkle in his eyes.
He dresses simply, eats simply… and… could have assumed titles to himself.
As the Deeper Christian Life Ministry developed – most people enjoy the trappings and regalia of status which followers gladly give.
But he calls his followers brothers and sisters, and treats them as colleagues.
Kumuyi remarried in October 2010 in London to a 65 years old virgin, about 18 months after the death of his first wife.
In April 2013, Kumuyi was named as one of the “500 most powerful people on the planet” and Deeper Christian Life Ministry named as “the World’s largest Megachurch” by Foreign Policy magazine.
Source: AfricaChurches.com – Churches News Portal
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