Fondly known as G.O or Daddy G.O, Pastor Adeboye became the General Overseer (G.O) of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in 1981. Sheer curiosity and the search for a solution to a personal problem led Pastor Adeboye to worship at RCCG – Ebute-Metta in 1973. It was a most unlikely place of worship for a professor of Mathematics as the church had very few educated people and it lacked the comfort and grandeur of the Orthodox churches.
God took RCCG to greater glory with the birth of the Holy Ghost Services, which started in the late 80s. It is a service of intense worship and manifestation of signs and wonders. 1998 saw the birth of the annual Holy Ghost Festival. Billed Lekki ’98, an estimated 4 million people gathered to fellowship, praise and pray during an all night service. It is conceivably the largest gathering of Christians in the world.
As Pastor Adeboye frequently testifies, the Lord has just started with RCCG.In his own words, “We are believing the Almighty God that very soon, in every town, in every village all over the world, there would be a parish of The Redeemed Christian Church of God established where people could be saved, discipled and trained in the fear of the Lord. So that on the last day, we would have people of all races, from all tribes, from all tongues, praising the Almighty God who had been brought in the Kingdom of God on the Platform of The Redeemed Christian Church of God.”
His desire to reach the ends of the earth is captured in this statement, “I would love to have a breakthrough to such a height that I can lend to nations and preach on every television and radio station at least one hour per day.”