Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the renowned Nigerian-born televangelist, and Christ Embassy president is a household name for his Ministry and Philanthropic works. Born in 1961 to the late Apostle Tim Oyakhilome, an excellent leader in the Assemblies of God, Nigeria, It is no surprise that Chris developed his insatiable passion for philanthropy and spirituality at an early age. After Secondary, he worked with the Church of God Mission International where he delved into the ministerial deeds of the late Archbishop, Benson Idahosa. In 2015, Pastor Chris was given an honorary degree in Divinity from Benson Idahosa University and Ambrose Alli University.
His 3-decade ministry runs several branches that include the Christ Embassy Inc (Believers’ Love World), and Healing School. His charitable works include aiding the unfortunate, healing the sick and running the Chris’ Inner City Mission Project- an orphan support initiative. His masterpiece and bestseller, “Rhapsody of Realities,” is distributed monthly around the globe and has been translated into over 745 languages. According to a Forbes Report, 2011, 2 million copies of the monthly devotional are distributed to Christians globally. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome also has an extensive following on social media with over 1.21 million Twitter followers and over 1.95 million Facebook fans, which he utilizes by running an online prayer network and sending inspirational messages to believers worldwide.
The Christ Embassy, founded by Chris Oyakhilome in 1990, has grown from a prayer group in a mega church with congregations in several countries. The Church headquarters in Lagos has over 40,000 members with millions of members worldwide. Christ Embassy runs the first ever 24-hour Christian channels in the continent and has 3 TV channels to its name: LoveWorld SAT, Loveworld TV, and Loveworld Plus. It also owns a publishing company, LoveWorld Publications, which publishes “Rhapsody of Realities” every month.
The Christ Embassy announced that the Worship and Communion Service would be hosted in Zimbabwe. More than 100,000 people registered for the free event, with over 75,000 Zimbabwean faithful turning up for the epochal event held on 7th of May, 2017 at the Harare National Sports Stadium. The LIVE event got an even greater audience worldwide. The second of its kind, having had a successful predecessor in the United Kingdom, saw Reverend Chris visit the African country for the first time. The congregation had great worship session led by the Zimbabwe choir and globally acclaimed gospel musicians such as Jahdiel, Sister Wisdom, Flame Benjamin and Israel Strong, among others.
As is characteristic of Pastor Chris’ sermons, he touched on every aspect of the nation, addressing the rich and the poor alike, the old and the young. Preaching a message of hope and a need for the country to unite for a peaceful existence and a chance to rebuild the country, Chris Oyakhilome inspired the congregation to focus on the nation’s problems. In this Worship Communion Service, the Reverend emphasized on the need for the Zimbabwean youth to arise, be patriotic and rebuild a better country founded on hope and patience.