Chris Oyakhilome (also known as “Pastor Chris”) is a Nigerian Christian minister who is the founding president of Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy, a Bible-based Christian ministry headquartered in Lagos.
Ministry and theology
His ministry runs several arms including the Healing School, Rhapsody of Realities, LoveWorld Books, and an NGO called the Innercity Missions for Children as well as three Christian television channels: LoveWorld TV, LoveWorld SAT and LoveWorld Plus. Oyakhilome’s television programs feature what are claimed to be faith healings and miracles, in large meetings which his ministry organises in several countries, with gatherings of over 2.5 million people in a single night’s event.
In 2015, Oyakhilome was given an honorary doctorate from Ambrose Alli University, and Benson Idahosa University.
Oyakhilome’s ministry holds meetings in the United Kingdom and the United States, and has “healing school” sessions in South Africa and Canada.
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 5000 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, over 30 million followers on his own social networking website called Yookos and operates a smartphone messenger called KingsChat. Oyakhilome is also the author of the daily devotional “Rhapsody of Realities”.On Rhapsody website the “Rhapsody of Realities” devotional is only available for download in over 143 languages either on Apple or Android. Oyakhilome also hosts Higher Life conferences in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, UK, US and Canada.
Oyakhilome’s Future Africa Leaders Award is an initiative aimed at identifying, awarding and supporting young Africans who have demonstrated exemplary leadership through education, youth empowerment and mentoring, and through other projects aimed at helping young people to prepare for the future. Over 40 Africans have been awarded since 2013.
According to his official Biography, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome was born on December 7, 1961. He was the eldest son of the family of Tim Oyakhilome.
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome family started with his marriage in 1991 to the head of UK agency and fore-runner Rev Anita Ebhodaghe.
Pastor Chris and Pastor Anita Ebhodaghe have two children Sharon and Charlane.
After 25 years of marriage, Anita Ebodaghe filed for divorce on April 9, 2014 at the Central Family Court in London. They divorced in February 2016. After the separation, they also decided to share custody of their two children.