Christianity is a free religion little strict restrictions that is why there are many churches in the world and it is not yet enough as Christians spread to conquer convert unbelievers.
As a result of many churches, there are also lots of pastors out there. Some can take care of themselves why some depend on the contribution of their members, which is wrong and leads to extortion.
How people argue about if pastors should be rich and wealthy. This is as a result of the biblical transcription that leaders should be modest and live a life without worldly pleasures naming wealth and riches as vanity upon vanity.
According to most people a Christian can’t possess both spiritual and material wealth, some people believe that the real riches and wealth have been stored and kept in heaven for true Christians.
Now if this is true then there is no need for members or even the pastors to go after wealth.
It has also been recorded other pastors are involved in one shady business or the other in several crimes and atrocities that are unbelievable in the society all in the name of making money if these pastors were wealthy enough they wouldn’t have involved in this mess.
Richest Pastors and Preachers in the World
There are rich people that can be the right model for example to Christians, they are wealthy and righteous. However, why there are poor pastors in the world there are also rich pastors.
1. Kenneth Copeland – $300 million
Copeland is an American pastor, born in December 1936 in Lubbock, Texas. He established the Ministries of Kenneth Copeland, in Tarrant County, Texas. Kenneth Copeland is a rather wealthy man.
He is believed to be wealthier than the available official estimates but Celebrity Net Worth reports that the pastor is worth $300 million. This makes him one of the world’s richest Pastors.
The American preacher is also an author, an orator, and a musician. His ministry is achieved mainly by TV, magazines, DVDs and CDs.
Copeland was clouded with controversy concerning his riches and dependency on church funds to sustain his lifestyle. The pastor owns three private jets which he needs for resort trips and personal holidays.
2. David Oyedepo – $150 million
David Oyepedo is the richest pastor in Nigeria, with a net worth of around $150 million. He is the founding and serving Bishop of World Wide Living Faith Church.
The church is also recognised as the Winners Chapel, and is globally associated with the same name as other churches.Furthermore, Pastor David Oyepedo is the senior pastor at Faith Tabernacle, a 50,000 seat capacity church auditorium. Nigerian bishop has many assets in the USA and UK including private jets and apartments.
3. Pat Robertson – $100 million
The net worth of Pat Robertson is $100 million. Featured on this list at number three, Pat Robertson is not only a pastor but also an enormously successful businessman. Raised in Lexington, Virginia, the American Preacher.
He is sometimes referred to as Marion Gordon Robertson. Before going to law school he previously served in the United States Marine Corps. He failed to pass the bar examination and then entered the Theological Seminary in New York.
He launched the Virginia Christian Broadcasting Network after completion, and the network has expanded to broadcast in 180 countries. In the late 80s, Pat contested for president but was unsuccessful.
He is the leader and CEO of the Christian Alliance, a Christian Right group that raises funds for conservative political campaigns and public support. Often renowned is the preacher for his divisive predictions, which he says came from God but missed the test of time.
4. Benny Hinn – $60 million
The Israel-born Benny Hinn televangelist has a net worth of $60 million. The pastor was born December 3rd, 1952. His frequent miracle healing crusades conducted at huge stadiums in major cities and broadcast on live television put him on the world map.
After polite fellow students, who invited him to school prayer meetings, he became a born again Christian.
His family originally resisted his renewed faith but his commitment led him to the Pittsburgh healing service of Kathryn Kuhlman. Kathryn has been a significant person in his life as a Christian and pastor to a point where he emulates her personality to this day.
In 1983, he established the Orlando Christian Center and began saying that it was just a medium for God to heal.
Besides his programs of faith healing, Hinn is a writer and host of television programs. He has been quoted in many false prophecies about the end times, Fidel Castro’s death and the persecution of homosexuals in the US.
5. Pastor Chris Oyakhilome – $50 million
Net worth of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome is USD 50 million. The televangelist comes from Nigeria, where Pastor Chris is popularly recognized. Unlike other pastors, he has identified himself as a preacher of faith, attracting other followers who hope their shepherd will cure their diseases.
The church which was founded by Pastor Chris is known as Believers ‘ LoveWorld Incorporated or “Faith Embassy.” Even if the church is located in Nigeria, it has spread to a variety of other African countries.
This makes it one of Africa’s wealthiest Churches. The church operates an NGO called the Missions to Innercity. It also has 3 Christian TV channels including LoveWorld Plus, LoveWorld TV and Loveworld SAT.
6. Joel Osteen – $40 million
Joel Osteen is an American pastor, television-angelist and author with a net worth of about $40 million. Joel Osteen net worth projected him to be the fifth richest preacher on the planet. His son is Joel Scott Osteen. Osteen was born March 5, 1963. As the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, he is best known for televangelism.
7. Creflo Dollar – $27 million
As an American Word of Faith author, a minister and the founder of the non-denominational World Changers Church International, Creflo wears several hearts. He has offices in Fulton County, Georgia. Net worth for Creflo is $27 million.In his office, the main message is God’s will for you to succeed in every way. He produces CHANGE Magazine, an international, quarterly publication with over 100,000 subscribers.
8. Rick Warren – $25 million
Rick Warren is the founder of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. This is one of America’s biggest churches that averages 20,000 people attending each week.
9. Jesse Duplantis – $20 million
Jesse Duplantis is an American preacher, estimated to have a net worth of $20 million. Established in July 1949 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the American Evangelical Charismatic Christian Movement was.
10. Bishop TD Jakes – $18 million
Jakes is the leader of Potter’s House, a nondenominational megachurch. He is also a writer and film producer, as well as raising money from his family. Bishop T.D. Jakes is worth US$ 18 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.