Top 20 churches in Nigeria, their founders, and the year they were founded

Top 20 churches in Nigeria, their founders, and the year they were founded

According to research, Nigeria has the highest number of churches in the world. Nigeria has a very high number of established churches and many more are springing up every day. These churches have their branches in various parts of of the country.  In this post, we shall be discussing the top 20 churches in Nigeria, their founders and founding year.

20. Royal House of Grace International Church

Founded in 1992 by Apostle Zilly Aggrey with King David Zilly Aggrey as the General Overseer. The headquarters of this church is in Port Harcourt and it has grown to be a major church in Nigeria.

19. Nigerian Baptist Convention

Founded in 1850. by the Southern Baptist Convent missionaries. This is the second largest Baptist convention that is affiliated with the Baptist World Alliance and it is among the largest church in Nigeria.

The headquarters of this church is located in Ibadan. The church has many conferences in Nigeria and runs many bookstores across the country.

18. Celestial Church of Christ

Founded in 1947 with Samuel Bilehou as the General Overseer. This is an African Church founded in Port- Novo Benin. The church spread through the French West Africa that became independent from where it spread down to Nigeria and is now among the major churches in Nigeria.

17. The Lord’ Chosen

Founded by Lazarus Muoka in 2002. This massive church broke out from the Catholic Church and has its headquarters in Lagos. The church started with a few people and now it has up to 300000 branches all over the word.

16. Salvation Ministries

Founded in 1997 by David Ibiyeomie with David Ibiyeomie as the General Overseer. Salvation Ministries has its headquarters in Port Harcourt. The church features a television ministry which began in 2001.

The church runs a training college called the Word Of Life Bible Institute and this began few months after the inception of the church. The church is now among the major Nigerian churches.

15. Methodist Church of Nigeria

Founded in 1842 by the British missionaries with Prelate Samuel Chukwuemeka Kanu. This church was developed from Wesleyan Methodist. The church originally began in England before coming to Nigeria and it is now one of the major churches in Nigeria.

14. The Christ Apostolic Church

Founded in 1941 by Joseph Ayo Babalola with Pastor A.O Akinosun as the General Overseer. This church is known to be the first Aladura Pentecostal Church that is present in Nigeria including other countries.

It began in the first half of the 20th century and was formally formed in 1941. In this church there are many factions with many different leaders. This church is among the largest church in Nigeria.

13. Cherubim and Seraphim

Founded by Moses Orimolade Tuno in 1925. Cherubim and Seraphim is another large church in Nigeria. It is also one of the oldest church in Nigeria. However many new churches formed now broke out of this very Cherubim and Seraphim.

12. Fountain of Life Church

Founded by Dr Bimbo Odukoye.This church is among the largest in Nigeria and it focuses on the single and married. The Fountain of Life Church in Nigeria is known for its dense population.

11. Synagogue Church of nations

Founded by T.B Joshua who is also the General Overseer. Due to his miracles and healing, he is among the most famous pastors in the world. He is also the owner of Emmanuel TV

10. Daystar Christian Center

Founded by Samuel Adeyemi. This Pastor believes in bringing up leaders in Christ. The founder of this church is not just a pastor but he also engages in motivational speaking. The church is one of the churches in Nigeria with the largest auditorium.

9. The Commonwealth of Zion Assembly

Another name for this church is the Coza ministry and it was founded in the year 1999 by Reverend Biodun Fatoyinbo. This church has been recording some tremendous growth with increasing members.

8. Deeper Life Christian Ministry

Ffounded by William. F. Kumuyi in 1982. This is one of the most famous church found in Nigeria and it is also one of the oldest churches in Nigeria and it started with 15 person in 1973. However now, it is among the biggest and the most reputable churches in Nigeria.

7. The Apostolic Church

Founded in 1931 by Gabriel Olutol. This is the fourth largest church in Nigeria and it is one of the oldest in Nigeria with many branches across Nigeria with many branches across Nigeria.

The location of the church auditorium is in Lagos and it can contain up to 100000 people at once. However the headquarters of this church is still under construction.

6. Mountain of Fire and Miracle Ministry

Founded in 1989 by Dr Daniel Olukoye. This church has an auditorium with a human capacity of about 550000 persons during their programmes.

5. Christ Embassy

Founded in 1990 by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. The General Overseer of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is one of the richest pastors in the world. There are many branches of the church in Nigeria and its headquarters are found in Lagos

4. Living Faith Church Worldwide

Founded in 1981 with Bishop David Oyedepo as the General Overseer. This church also known as Winners Chapel International is among the largest today. Its headquarters are found in Ota, Ogun State Nigeria and it can contain up to 250000 people in one sitting.

There was a time it was labelled as the biggest church in the world by the Guinness Book of Records.

3. The Redeemed Christian Church of God

Fformed in 1952 by Rev Josiah Akindayomi with Pastor Enoch Adeboye as the General Overseer. The Redeemed Christian Church of God has the highest population in Nigeria as far as Pentecostal churches are concerned.

It also possess the largest auditorium in Nigeria which can contact its members during their well known crusade across the Lagos Ibadan Expressway

2. The Church Of Nigeria, Anglican Communion

Ooriginated from the Church of England. this is the second- largest province that exists in the Anglican Communion and it has a current membership of up to 18 million out of the total Nigerian population.

From 2002, the Church of Nigeria have been getting an increase in the number of bishops and dioceses and the administrative headquarters are located in Abuja.

1. The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church is among the largest church in Nigeria with many branches in almost every town in Nigeria. The Catholic Church has it’s headquarters in Rome and has many branches across the world. The Catholic Church is among the leading churches in Nigeria.


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    Oluwashola Israel 8 months ago

    Our major concern should be, how many of these Christian population will make heaven?
    The bible says: Not all that say to me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven.
    the bible says if the righteous are scarcely saved, how much more the ungodly.
    Let us channel our strength towards soul winning.
    Only God knows those who are His.

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    Timothy 9 months ago


    Chosen Charismatic Revival Movement broke out of Watchman Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement.

    Pastor Mouka the founder of Chosen Charismatic was the District pastor of Mushin, Lagos until 2002 when he broke away from Watchman and established his church.


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    Am highly disappointed with ur research, how can u not Mention Church of God Mission, founder Papa Benson Idahosa. Do more research.

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    Mr Man, most of the churches you mentioned are individual churches, who doesn’t even have 1/3 of the followership of many churches that you did not mention eg ECWA, COCIN, ASSEMBLY, NKST and a lot more. Some of the churches you mention are only known on TV and are only found some major cities in Nigeria. Can you tell me how many branches does Church of All Nations have Nigeria. I only hard the name COZA when the sex scandal pop up. You only sat down in your room and came up with names that you know on TV.I bet you, there was no any research.

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    Ranti 9 months ago


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    FASANU 9 months ago

    I am surprised Apostolic Faith is not mentioned. A church that has been for over 70years. That is where Deeper Life Ministry Spring up

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    Mr ajao 9 months ago

    Pls stop it,most of your information is not correct, The Apostolic Church you you are talking about you information about founder is very very wrong, pls visit headquarter.

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    Paddy Friday 9 months ago

    Is not about the high number of churches in Nigeria, the problem is some all this churches are not doing what God ask them to do, (if I may ask, who are this churches we are talking about? and the life of this churches is?

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    Afolayan J. Olusegun 9 months ago

    you try but your information’s are not truth. it is not as follows. what about All National For Christ Church. Founded by Rev. J. k. Solomon. 1960s
    What about International Evidence Of Christ Church. Founded Prim. N.K.Afolayan.In 1974.
    are they not registered their ministry’s? those great ministers that God used to raced the dead, blinds see, sick heals and some signs and wonders.

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    Having missed out Assemblies of God Church, which i consider the mother of all penticostals in Nigeria and the world makes this report most incomplete and badly researched work on this subject.

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    Elder UKeme Isaiah 9 months ago

    Good effort, but with bias in favour of churches by Yoruba founders, can’t imagine u list churches in Nigeria without mentioning UNITED EVANGELICAL CHURCH, that was founded as Qua Iboe church in 1887 by Samuel Bill, No mention of even African church,mount Zion Gospel,etc except u wanted to let us know the church with richest founders, update ur info and don’t mislead people, please

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    no details about JW The JEHOVAH’S WITNESS

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    Francis Ayeni 9 months ago

    Stop all these useless argument about who is the greatest in the kingdom of God. Rather give yourselves to the one thing which is the heartbeat of God- soul winning.

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    We are all to complement one another, how ever one of the Generals of our time is Rev Ezekiel Obiora founder of Christian Pentecostal Mission. This is a man who lead the likes of Pastor Kumuyis on Deliverance and Pentecostal 42years ago.

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    Jesco 9 months ago

    So far so good,you try.

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    Babatunde Emmanuel 9 months ago

    The writer did not get it Right About Christ Apostolic church The church was founded in 1918.Not 1941.

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    Emeke Eseka 9 months ago

    what about Christ chosen church of God int’l

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    igbekoyi kayode 9 months ago

    you have really done well by putting this up but , I don’t the reason The Nigerian Baptist Convention was the 19th, the second to the last on the list considering its history,exploits and population both in rural and urban areas Nationwide.
    Pls note!

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    valentino 9 months ago

    what about CHC int’l founded by Prophetess Agnes Okoh, in 1947 formally with CAC.

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    Bolarinwa michael 10 months ago

    This is an incomplete research because u never include The gospel faith mission international(Gofamint) as top early churches in Nigeria

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      Olufemi 9 months ago

      I strongly disagree with your write up a lot of errors in the name of the founder and date. Please consult Google before uploading àny information. Thanks.

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    Paul Adeka 10 months ago

    Omega Fire Ministry, Assemblies of God, Dunamis… These three should be among the top 20…

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    I totally disagree with this write up. This writer should go and carry out a fresh research. We have churches like cocin, ecwa, lccn, crcn, eyn, and many others that are not on the list.

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    MEJatau 10 months ago

    You cannot talk about the background/history of certain big churches without mentioning missionary outfits like SIM and SUM

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    Daniel Austine Jr 10 months ago

    Your information is still not complete Mr poster. Where’s The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria which was founded by John Knox… Update your information please… Thanks any way

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    Andrew 10 months ago

    I appreciate your effort in writing this, but u still have a lot of incomplete churches like; Jehovah witness, dunamis etc.

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    Ayuba Tapnan Nagwe 10 months ago

    What about COCIN Church that was founded in 1904?

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    Hyginus Obinna 10 months ago

    Mr poster, who is the founder of Catholic Church?

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      Stanley Francis 10 months ago

      ask St Peter

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      Bindeka Joseph 10 months ago

      Good Question, Who is the founder of catholic church?

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        Hello hygienus obinna u ask who founded catholic church the answer is Christ him self founded it,because in Mathew 16 vs 18 ,Jesus said to peter upon this rock I will build my church,and the first person to over incharge of catholic church after he have ascended into heaven was peter who was a pope down till today pope Francis

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      Apostle paul

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      Hello hygienus obinna u ask who founded catholic church the answer is Christ him self founded it,because in Mathew 16 vs 18 ,Jesus said to peter upon this rock I will build my church,and the first person to over incharge of catholic church was peter who was a pope down till today pope Francis

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        I mean the first person to take over incharge of catholic church after Christ ascended into heaven is was peter ,who was the first pope of Catholic down till today pope Francis ,so read Mather 16 vs 18

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      Stephen Okorie 9 months ago

      The Catholic Church was founded by Jesus Christ”Matthew 16:13-19.

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    Albert 10 months ago

    Your research is not thoroughly carried out.
     I will advise you to go back and reappraised the churches again, unless you are biased.

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    Sampson Okafor 10 months ago

    Grace of God nko

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    Captain Briggs Kelvin 10 months ago

    Where is Greater Evangelism World Crusade?

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    Charity 10 months ago

    Please your research about the churches in Nigeria are not complete.what happened to resurrection ministry at satellite town, popularly known as jehovah sharp sharp

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    Maford 10 months ago

    How about cocin,lccn,ecwa,eyn and Jehovah witness

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    Pastor Harold Odesanya. 10 months ago

    Your analysis is wrong do your research properties.

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    linuscent 10 months ago

    please, the information on the apostolic church is incorrect, please try and ascertain more history about the apostolic church. thanks

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    wisdom seibai 10 months ago

    where is church of god mission international which it branches are all over the world with the founder the one of the greatest preacher Nigeria has ever had

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    bwala yakubu bukar 10 months ago

    this your writeup is completely wrong, see church of the brethren (EYN) which began in 1923 with branches all over west Africa is not among

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    Ur research is wrong, check ur record again. Brotherhood of Cross and Star that started as far back as 1958 with branches everywhere even in communist country is not listed. Nah lie u write. Thanks

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      Brotherhood of Cross and Star…is it a church?

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        Nseobong Ugbomah 10 months ago

        Brotherhood of the Cross and Star is the Kingdom of God that was prophysied about. King Nebuchadnezzar dreamt about the Kingdom.Daniel 2: 44

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    PIUS OLIVER 10 months ago

    Church number one, chatholic church

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    Olabamido Mose O 10 months ago

    Your information on The Apostolic Church is not correct. Please try to obtain correct and accurate information from the Church Authority.

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    Joseph Godswill 10 months ago

    U tried bro, but where is Assemblies of God Nigeria? Where is Watchman? Where is Seventh Day Adventist Church? Where is Assemblies of the Believers Church(ABC)? these are denominations that have massive presence in Nigeria more than some of the churches u listed. Pls check ur facts and tell us the criteria u used to arrive at ur conclusion.

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    Omololu 10 months ago

    Where is seventh day adventist,the gospel faith mission international which is all over the world with a huge population? Plz check your information and support it with facts and figure.

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    nengia Ibifubara 10 months ago

    Don’t know how you came about this rating, in ideal settings criteria for ratings are made known:
    church membership strength
    global outreach
    date of incorporation
    online presence etc.
    This is done so that people who may be better informed will throw in their statistics to counter anyone perceived not to be authentic.

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    Splasssh 10 months ago

    Wrong fact bro. 
    The lords Chosen broke out from a church named 
    Watchman catholic charismatic renewal movement 

    Pastor mouka was the pastor incharge of the mushin branch  until 2002 

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    Itz pere-ebi ozori 1 year ago

    Thanks for the info…

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      bwala yakubu 10 months ago

      the author doesn’t know about the churches in the northern part of Nigeria like Ecwa and EYN that are the most populous and olders churches in Nigeria which started in 1923. pls varify your claim