Pastoring is not something many people fancy, so there are fewer people in it than in other areas of life, spiritual or not. Many see pastors as people called into ministry who espouse the Word of God to the nations and bring many to salvation in Christ.
In the years since the coming of Christianity, pastors and pastoring have evolved markedly and some people with pastoral calling have accumulated great wealth, earning admiration and criticism in equal measure.
They are admired because they’re living the dream many have in mind but cannot attain, and they are criticised because some are of the view that pastors have forgotten their calling and are now focused on making a fortune – contrary to how Christ lived when he traversed the material plane.
Anyway, in this article, we bring you some of the richest pastors out there. We have limited ourselves to just 15. So tag along as we share with you 15 of the world’s richest pastors – in no particular order, of course.
1. David Oyedepo
Worth $150 USD Million
David O. Oydepo is a Nigerian Christian minister and founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (also called Winners Chapel). Often described as a man of great faith, Oyedepo had grown from an obscure gospel minister into one of the most famous – not just in Nigeria but internationally as well.
His ministry has several verticals, including a publishing arm, which churns out his books. Oyedepo’s wealth has grown so much that his ministry can afford several planes, besides owning Covenant University and Landmark University.
2. Kenneth Copeland
Worth $300 USD Million
Kenneth Copeland is one of the oldest gospel ministers still standing not just in the United States, his country of birth, but in the world at large. Like almost everyone God wanted to use, Kenneth Copeland came from obscurity. But he was confident enough in Gid’s vision for his lied and stayed the course.
In the intervening years, not only has his ministry been blessed, but he had also emerged as one of the wealthiest Christian ministers in the world as well.
3. Pat Robertson
Worth $100 USD Million
Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson is more often called a religious broadcaster and political commentator because of his positions on issues. But one thing that cannot be missed is that his ministry has grown exponentially and he had accumulated great wealth, which places him among the wealthiest pastors out there.
4. Benny Hinn
Worth $60 USD million
This Jewish-American figure has often been described as controversial because he usually say things as they are. Who, for instance, can forget his ire and claim at some point that he was duped by some ministers from a West African country?
Of course, we cannot independently verify his claims, but that’s not the focus here. Binny Hinn has got a “big bag” and ranks among the wealthiest pastors in the world. The minister counts himself as having been blessed by the life and ministry of Kathryn Kuhlman
5. Joel Osteen
Worth $100 USD Million
Joel Osteen Came from the Word – okay, that is in the sense that his father was in ministry before him and laid the foundation for the life and impact that followed. Joel Osteen is more of a preacher of the Word and a pillar of inspiration to many young people out there. He has managed to build an impressive fortune that gives him a seat among the richest pastors out there
6. Creflo Dollar
Worth $27 USD Million
It’s unclear how he came to be named, but best believe that Creflo Dollar has been rolling the dollars for as long as we can remember. His gospel focuses on prosperity and has faced sporadic criticisms. But it hasn’t stopped Dollar – you might say his dollars – from appreciating
7. Rick Warren
Worth $25 USD Million
His is one name people are not going to forget in a hurry. With many life=tranforming books out there, including The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren has inspired a whole generation and made a fortune as well. So he finds space on our list of the wealthiest pastors in the world.
8. T. D. Jakes
Worth $30 USD Million
T.D. Jakes is an inspiration to millions around the world. His life-transforming messages rooted in the experiences of biblical figures have nailed his name in the hearts of millions around the world. he happens to be one of the richest out there, too.
9. Joseph Prince
Worth $6.38 USD Million
Singapore is not exactly a place many associate with the gospel. But out of that country came a voice that has been soothing millions around the world for as long as one can remember. That’s Joseph Prince for you, and he happens to be one of the richest, too.
10. Joyce Meyer
Worth $8 USD Million
A role model to millions of young women around the world, Joyce Meyer is famous for her teaching of the Word, making the gospel accessible to many and opening their lives to the victory Christ has always wanted for them. She is one of the few wealthy females leading the charge for God’s kingdom.
11. Chris Oyakhilome
Worth $126 USD Million
Pastor Christopher Oyakhilome, long famous simply as Pastor Chris, is a Nigeria gospel minister and indubitably one of the most educated pastors on earth. He is one of the richest as well. Can you beat that?
12. E. A. Adeboye
Worth $110 USD Million
Enoch Adejare Adeboye is a Nigerian pastor and general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). He is one of the wealthiest ministers in the country and one of the most respected as well
13. Paula White
Worth $5 USD million
Is there anything like a perfect life? Paula’s wasn’t perfect in any way. In fact, she might be taken as an example that God can pick you from the dustbin of life and clothe you in a robe only He can give. A wealthy minister she is
14. Edir Macedo
Worth $1.1 USD Billion
While Brazil is not exactly a country many associate with the gospel, the evangelical bishop Edir Macedo is making waves across the country with his ministry. He is one of the richest gospel ministers in the world.
15. Juanita Bynum
Worth $10 USD million
“I’ve been with women,” prophetess Juanita Bynum had once confessed, indicating hers was not a perfect life. But, of course, God can perfect whatever he starts, and Juanita’s life today is remarkably different from what it used to be. Before you stands another of the world’s richest ministers…