15 things to know about Deeper Life at 50
By Samuel Oamen
The Deeper Christian Life Ministry (Deeper Life) is holding the 50th anniversary of the church with an extraordinary service today.
Here are 15 things to know about Deeper Life at 50:
1. Deeper Christian Life Ministry also known as Deeper Life Bible Church is an international Pentecostal Christian denomination with its headquarters in Gbagada, Lagos.
2. Deeper Life was founded by Pastor Dr William Folorunso Kumuyi in August 3, 1973.
3. The Church started with just 15 members in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lagos.
4. In 1975, the Bible study group had its first retreat at Akoka, Lagos State, which later became a major landmark in the history of Deeper Life Bible Church.
5. In 1975, the name Deeper Christian Life Ministry was adopted by the group.
6. In 1976 Deeper Life had an Easter retreat which attracted around 2,500 people.
7. In 1977 Pastor Kumuyi left the Apostolic Faith Church due to doctrinal differences.
8. In 1983 Deeper Life experienced a dramatic growth through House Fellowships known as ‘home caring fellowships’, and by February of the same year 15,000 house fellowships were established all over the country.
9. In the early 1990s Deeper Life already had more than 5,000 branch churches in Nigeria and many more branches all over Africa.
10. The headquarters of the church at Gbagada attracted around 150,000 attendants during its five Sunday services.
11. Deeper Life Bible Church started in Britain in 1985 through the pioneering work of Pre Ovia.
12. The church now has over 70 church plants in the UK and Republic of Ireland.
13. The church also have been planted in Bulgaria, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand.
14. In April 2018, The Deeper Christian Life Ministry had its new headquarters church at Gbagada commissioned with the Vice President of Nigeria Yemi Osinbajo among other dignitaries.
15. Pastor Kumuyi celebrated his 82nd birthday on June 6, 2023.