FULL NAME: William Folorunso Kumuyi
DATE OF BIRTH: June 6, 1941
MARITAL STATUS: Married(twice)
William Folorunso Kumuyi is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church The the third largest Christian church in the world, headquarters situated in Nigeria. He is the author of several books. In the early 1970s Kumuyi worked as an education lecturer at the University of Lagos.
EARLY LIFE AND BACKGROUND
Pastor W.F Kumuyi was born into a Christian family in Erin-Ijesha, Osun State, Nigeria.
He completed his secondary school education in 1961, and in 1962
started teaching mathematics at Mayflower School in Ikenne, Ogun-State.
From where he proceeded to the University of Ibadan and in 1967 graduated with a first-class honours degree in mathematics. He became a born-again Christian in April 1964.
W.F. Kumuyi was born into an Anglican home. It was a very strict
Christian home, he told Isaacson, “We would get up in the morning, read
the Bible, sing hymns, and go to church regularly. When I went to
secondary school I lost interest in the church because our principal
taught us atheism. But after a while I thought again and started going
to various churches in town. Eventually, in 1963, a group of singers and
preachers from a Gospel church got permission to come to the school. I
understood the Gospel message, and was born again on April 5th, 1964. I
read John Wesley, Charles Finney, Spurgeon, and lots of other books. I
got involved with the Scripture Union, and I grew.”
He gained a first-class degree in Mathematics at the University of
Ibadan; then went back to Mayflower School to teach. After five years he
went to the University of Lagos to do a Postgraduate Certificate in
Education and became a lecturer there in 1973; and that was when he
started a small Deeper Life Bible Study group.
CAREER AND LIFE
In 1973, while serving as Math Lecturer at The University of Lagos,
W.F. Kumuyi started a Bible study group with 15 university students who
had come to him requesting training in the Scriptures. By the early
1980’s that small group had grown to several thousand, at which time
Deeper Life Bible Church was formally established.
By 1988 the congregation had grown to 50,000, and now numbers 120,000
members, making it the third largest Christian church in the world. Dr.
Johan Combrinck reports that the Deeper Life Bible Church not only has
an attendance of 120,000 every Sunday, but has planted 500 churches in
Lagos, 5,000 in the rest of Nigeria (with an independent estimate of
more than 800,000 members in Nigeria alone), and 3,000 elsewhere (with
missionaries to 40 countries of Africa) as the movement missionary
contribution. (Source: AFNET).
Dr. C. Peter Wagner, in an article titled ‘Those Amazing
Post-Denominational Churches’ wrote: “By far, the most rapidly growing
segment of Christianity on all six continents is a type of church that
does not fit traditional categories or classifications. Missiologists
have recognized its presence for some time, but it is such a recent
phenomenon that they have not yet agreed on a name for it. Perhaps one
title that would fit is the term ‘post-denominational.”
“Go to almost any metropolitan area and ask to visit the largest
Christian Church. Chances are it will be one of these new
post-denominational churches’. In Lagos, Nigeria, it would be the Deeper
Life Bible Church, pastored by William Kumuyi. On a recent Sunday I saw
74,000 adults worshipping together, with 40,000 children meeting in a
separate building across the street.” (Apostolic Team Ministries, Intl.,
Journalist Alan Isaacson provides a helpful study of this phenomenal ministry in his book Deeper Life,
talking with many members of the church who told him how Christ has
miraculously intervened and changed lives in response to prayer and the
proclamation of the Gospel. In Pastor Kumuyi’s own words: “God, in the
growth of Deeper Life Bible Church, has strategically and prudently used
miracles to make all men come to Him’ (John 3:26). We take Christian
living and holiness seriously.”
According to Isaacson, The history of Deeper Life is very much the
personal story of W.F. Kumuyi. He is a gifted man, clear-thinking and
humble. He is a dedicated Christian and deserves the title “the man of
God,” which his followers have given him. Since he was a young man,
Kumuyi has devoted his time to reading and studying the Bible. He knows
the Scriptures inside out, and has struggled to understand and apply
them. As he shares that struggle and his love for the word of God, so
people have been drawn to him for advice, or simply to listen. When he
preaches, his message is clear, simple, and profound. Poor street
traders who can barely read sit next to university professors, all
equally captivated by the way Scripture becomes suddenly relevant to
Pastor Kumuyi’s own Christian life developed because he took the Bible
so seriously, and so the Deeper Christian Life Ministry has developed in
the same way. In Alan Isaacson’s own words, he “preached Deeper Life
into existence.” His sermons were captivating, wrote Isaacson, “I would
classify him as one of the greatest living preachers, giving a
straightforward Bible-based message,his sermons thorough, and always
personally challenging. He always gave a wide range of cross-references
which were read in their context, supporting, clarifying and expanding
his main points. He spoke clearly and authoritatively to the Nigerian
situation. He dealt sensitively with African culture, but also made a
firm stand in highlighting the points where local culture was
incompatible with the will of God. While stressing the high moral tone
which is one of the virtues of most African cultures at their best, he
was at pains to specify those aspects of local culture which were
unchristian and even evil. In this way he was not only concerned with
some kind of personal holiness, but also genuinely seeking the wholeness
and harmony of the community at large, where truth, honesty, and
justice should be the predominant characteristics.
He is not tall, and does not have a larger-than-life character. He does
not dominate, nor has he accrued power to himself. He walks slowly, is
relaxed, and has a gentle sense of humour with a warm smile and a
twinkle in his eyes. He dresses simply, eats simply… and… could have
assumed titles to himself. As the Deeper Christian Life Ministry
developed – most people enjoy the trappings and regalia of status which
followers gladly give. But he calls his followers brothers and sisters,
and treats them as colleagues.
Kumuyi remarried in October 2010 in London to a 65 years old virgin, about 18 months after the death of his first wife.
In April 2013, Kumuyi was named as one of the “500 most powerful
people on the planet” and Deeper Christian Life Ministry named as “the
World’s largest Megachurch” by Foreign Policy magazine.
AWARDS AND ENDORSEMENTS
NO POPULAR AWARDS AND ENDORSEMNTS
RUMORS AND SCANDALS
After he remarried at the age of 71 in 2010 it brought about a lot of critics.
A big scandal rocked Kumuyi’s household in 2013 about his own son wedding, a wedding in which the appearance of the groom was in total dis-respectfulness and disregardful of the Deeper Life normal appearance mode(Dressing code) a scandal which almost made the G.O resigned from his duties.
|PASTOR KUMUYI AND NEW WIFE
|KUMUYI PREACHING TO A LARGE CROWD
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