David Olaniyi Oyedepo was born in September 27, 1954 in Osogbo, Nigeria. He is a native of Omu-Aran, Irepodun L.G.A of Kwara State. He was born of a Muslim father (Ibrahim) and a Christian mother (Dorcas). David Oyedepo studied Architecture at the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin in 1969. He worked briefly with Federal Ministry of Housing in Ilorin before resigning to concentrate on his ministry works.
He was ordained a pastor in 1983 along side his wife Florence Abiola Alano (known as Faith Abiola Oyedepo) by Enoch Adebayo ( General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God). This happened two years after his vision in 1981. This inaugural vision led to the founding of Liberation Faith Hour Ministry in 1981. Five years after he was ordained a pastor, he was also ordained a Bishop
Bishop Oyedepo is a Preacher, Christian author, businessman and the Overseer of Living Faith Church (Aka Winners Chapel International).
Bishop Oyedepo built the largest church auditorium in the world “Faith Tabernacle” in Canaanland.
Canaanland is in Ota, Ogun state and is the 5,000-acre (20 km2) estate and campus, that houses The 50,000 seat auditorium, the church secretariat, the church’s youth chapel, a primary school called Kingdom heritage model school, a full boarding mission secondary school called Faith Academy, with over 1,500 students and the Covenant University facilities which accommodates over 7,000 students, fully resident in ultra-modern hostel facilities – with fully equipped faculty buildings and numerous staff housing facilities. Canaanland campus also has for-profit establishments operated by the church such as a bakery, a bottled water processing plant, a petrol station, various restaurants and shopping stores, several residential houses that provide for the over 2,000 church employees and guesthouses. Four banks are also present on this Estate, three of which are branches of external commercial banks and one which is a community and micro-finance Bank and operated by the Church. The whole of Canaanland which includes a proposed 15,000 housing estate known as Canaan City had increased to 17,000 acres as at 2012.
The Winners’ Chapel International network of churches is located in over 300 cities, in all states of Nigeria, and in several cities in 45 African nations, Dubai, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Oyedepo is the wealthiest preacher in Nigeria with a net worth of over US$150 million. The church owns four private jets and several buildings, including in London and the US. Oyedepo is an author and publisher who has written over 70 titles apart from periodicals. He is the chairman/publisher of Dominion Publishing House (DPH), a publishing arm of the ministry. DPH has over 4 million prints in circulation to date. Through Oyedepo; Covenant University, Faith Academy and Kingdom Heritage Model Schools have been established to equip the youth for global impact. The construction of a third university named Crown University is already underway, located in Calabar, Cross Rivers, Nigeria.
He is blessed with four children
: David Oyedepo Jnr, Isaac Oyedepo, Love Oyedepo Ogah, and Joys Oyedepo.