A pastor is a person who performs religious acts, offers spiritual guidance, directs various operations of the church, and a few more tasks. He is the leader of a Christian congregation that provides advice and direction to all those who belong to that community.
Their job involves a great sense of responsibility. A Pastor isn’t a materialistic person, so making money and getting rich is not his goal. This is not the job where you can save and create wealth for yourself.
Talking in terms of money, there is meager earning in this field. You get only what you need for your living and not what you desire. This field is for those who are contented with earnings that are adequate to fulfill their basic needs. Pastors who belong to small churches depend on the offering made by people towards the operation and upkeep of the church.
However, some pastors have accumulated wealth through addressing people in a public setting, publishing their self-authored spiritual, and religious books/ CD’s, preaching on television shows, and a few other sources.
So, let us check who are the top ten richest pastors in the world as of January 2021 based on their net worth and how they have accumulated their fortunes.
10. Enoch Adejare Adeboye: Net Worth- $39 million
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adoboye occupies the tenth place in our list of world’s wealthiest pastors. He has amassed a net worth of $39 Million to date. He has a native origin, and his followers mostly refer to him as “Daddy GO.
He priests the Converted Christian Cathedrals and overlooks the organization. His yearly salary is calculated to be $2 million per year. Presently, he also owns “Dove TV,” a religious television channel that telecasts a wide range of church programs that includes weekly sermons. Preist Adeboye is a wealthy person who also owns various homes and even a private jet.
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye opted for this field when he was a professor at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. It has been a member of the large number of converted churches in more than a hundred nations throughout the world. Adeboye works to pursue his long-held dream to build a church within a distance of five minutes of every house all over the globe. With over 14,000 branches of Redeemed Church constructed in Nigeria so far, Adeboye has made a significant contribution to his country.
9. Joel Osteen: Net Worth- $40 Million
With a net worth of $40 million, Joel Osteen stands on the ninth position on the list. He is a senior priest of the Protestant association in Houston, Texas, named “Lakewood Church.” In the year 1999, Osteen inherited both the church as well as its TV ministry from his father, John Osteen, after his demise.
Besides his noble contribution as a priest, Joel has also been a NY bestselling author who presently now manages the largest protestant church in the US. Looking at his side works, Joel is also the founder of the talk show “Joel Osteen Live” that telecasts his discourses.
His primary focus is to preach the teachings and revelations of Christ and live a life of self-discipline and obedience to God and abstain from committing sins. He teaches the world about the power of prosperity and love. The home in which he stays has a value of $10.5 million. Joel, along with his wife, who is also a pastor named “Victoria Osteen,” lives in the mansion with their two children.
People in large numbers (of approx. 50,000) come to attend his weekly mass in Houston church. Around seven million people view his discourses that are telecasted every week in a hundred nations all over the globe.
He has also published his book “Your Best Life Now.” The book became the Best Seller in the New York Times and held this position for two hundred weeks.
Royalties received from the sale of his book, radio shows, church collection, and public speaking fees, generates $55 million every year.
In August 2017, Joel received criticism from people for not assisting the victims of Hurricane Harvey misfortune; he opened a grand church of 16,800-seat in Houston for refugees.
8. Benny Hinn: Net Worth – $42 million
Born as Toufik Benedictus, Benny Hinn is another wealthy pastor who has a net worth of $42 Million. He is a televangelist who has an orthodox upbringing in Israel. When he was a teenager, he experienced an inclination towards religious and spiritual practices. He became a pentecostal Christian at a very young age.
He started preaching the teachings of Christ and doing faith healing via the Orlando Christian Center. Later, he began to give discourses and healing seminars to a large group to people. His sermons are broadcast worldwide on “The Trinity Broadcasting Network.”
Benny is popularly known for his social campaigns and his popular television program, “This Is Your Day.” He is known for his extravagant possessions that include a private jet, “Gulfstream G4 jet”, and several other luxury items.
Benny Hinn has been caught up in various controversies in the past. Though he has a public image of a healer through “faith healing,” he is examined by the US government to manipulate his tax status. Ministry Watch has also labeled his ministry with a “Donor Alert.”
Despite his complicated financial situation, Benny has a solid fellowship in Canada, as well as the US. People who follow his teachings believe that sincere and authentic prayers that come from the heart can heal any of their maladies.
7. Chris Oyakhilome: Net Worth- $50 million
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome has a net worth of $50 Million. He currently occupies the seventh place in the list of wealthiest pastors all over the globe. Chris has laid the foundation of the Christian ministry named “Believers’ Love World Incorporated.” It is a megachurch that lies in Lagos.
Chris is renowned for his effective faith healing. According to him, faith is one such thing that has the power to heal all illnesses. It is the best medicine and cure for any mental, physical, and physiological ailment. A person who has faith can heal themselves without assistance from anyone else. Christian followers appreciate his philosophies, practices, and talks about Jesus Christ all across the globe. His Christian ministry runs across several branches that include the three Christian TV channels, the “Love world” book series, NGO Inner City Missions for Children, the Rhapsody of Realities, and the Healing School.
Being a native of Lagos, Chris is an incredibly busy pastor who has built a lot of wealth to date. He has a large fellowship branch on his “Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated” and also for noble works and education.
Presently, Chris is the owner of his three separate TV channels that records 2.5 million views for every event. He has received a backlash from the “Treatment Action Campaign” against his belief that faith has the power to heal life-threatening ailments like AIDS.
Chris has also got a warning from the government of South Africa that if he and his organizations fail to put be financially transparent, then they will issue an arrest warrant against him. This will be a massive blow for not just him as well as his job, his reputation, and his earning.
6. Uebert Angel: Net Worth- $60 million
Pastor Uebert Angel stands in the sixth position with a net worth of $60 million. He is a priest from Zimbabwe and has laid the foundation of the church named “Spirit Embassy.” Later the name of this church was kept the “Good News Church.” In addition to it, Uebert has also founded the Angel Organization. Presently, he serves as the CEO of this organization.
Forbes describes Uebert as a priest who provides services to highly affluent people who have lack of time. Uebert is an international minister who has set up the Millionaire Academy that aims to help people in dealing with business undertakings and offer mentorship for them. Uebert lives on a grand mansion that is spread at a distance of fourteen acres. He also owns multiple luxurious cars.
5. Pat Robertson: Net Worth- $100 million
Pat Robertson is a popular US pastor who is a native of Virginia. His birth name is Marion Gordon Robertson. He is a Southern Baptist adorned with magnetic ideology. Robertson has a net worth of whopping $100 million. In the year 1960, he set up the Christian Broadcasting TV Network that shows the program titled “700 Club”. Robertson does the anchoring in the show. This show is broadcasted in 180 nations in 71 languages. Being his leading show, it broadcasts daily, and features news, music, testament concerned with the Christian lifestyle, and live guests. In addition to this program, there are a couple of more programs to which he is associated.
He stood for the US Presidential elections in 1988 but got defeated. After being unsuccessful in his political venture, he established a Christian wing organization that was named as the “Christian Coalition.” This organization aims to raise funds for supporting conservative contenders in the political arena.
In addition to it, Televangelist Pat Robertson also set up Regent University. Presently, he serves as the CEO and chancellor of the university. He also founded a legal firm, “the American Center for Law & Justice,” in Washington, D.C.
4. Ayo Oritsejafor: Net Worth- $120 million
With a massive net worth of $120 million, Ayo Oritsejafor stands at the third position in the list of world’s richest pastor.
Ayo is also popularly called as “Papa Ayo Oritsejafor.” He has been the founder of the “Word of Life Bible Church,” Nigeria.
Ayo is regarded as a senior pastor of this church. He broadcasts his discourses and talks via Christian TV station in all over Africa and seventy-five nations in the world.
Ayo has been formerly referred to as the “President of the Christian Association of Nigeria” and “National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria.”
3. David Oyedepo: Net Worth- $140 million
David Oyedepo has a net worth of $140 million. Being a native of Nigeria, he has founded “Living Faith Church” and serves as a priest there. Renowned as Winner Chappel, this church is allied with several international churches that bear the same name.
Along with it, David is a senior bishop at a church auditorium named “Faith Tabernacle.” This auditorium is a large construction that provides a seating arrangement of 50,000 people at one time.
This Nigerian priest is also the owner of several luxurious properties that includes a private jet, and mansions in the United States of America.
2. Thomas Dexter Jakes: Net Worth- $150 million
In the second position, we have Bishop TD Jakes, who has a fantastic net worth of $150 million. He is also popularly called as “Thomas Dexter Jakes.” Presently, he manages the non-denominational megachurch, ‘The Potter’s House’ in Dallas, Texas. He has received a lot of support from his congregation from the time he entered this field.
Besides being a priest, Thomas is also a film producer and maker. A few of his best films include “Winnie Mandela,” “Heaven is for Real,” and “Miracles from Heaven.” The major sources of his wealth are profits generated from his films, his gospel music, and from the sale of the books that he has written so far.
1. Kenneth Copeland: Net Worth- $350 million
So, finally, we have the richest pastor in the world, “Kenneth Copeland.” He has a massive net worth of $350 million. Kenneth serves as the founder of “Kenneth Copeland Ministry,” located in Lubbock, Texas, US. The grounds where the ministry is built is spread at a distance of huge 1,500 acres.
Kenneth is a chief televangelist who is also an anchor on the televised ministry show “Believers Voice of Victory.” This program is broadcasted via radio, podcasts, and television throughout the world.
Kenneth has always dreamt of becoming a recording artist and has also sold several music albums to date. One of his songs, “Pledge of Love,” that got released in 1957, stood at the twelfth position in the Top 40 billboard chart of that year. In addition to it, he has also written several publications and books.
Presently, Kenneth resides in the mansion with his wife named Gloria in a church-owned mansion that has a projected value of $6 million.
Pastors can be rich too. The list shows that spreading the word of God can also get you rich. A pastor who lead congregations, telecast/webcast their sermons, publish books / CDs have created wealthy empires. This shows how lucrative it can be the act of preaching about God.