About Christ Embassy
Christ Embassy, also known as LoveWorld Incorporated or Believers' Loveworld, is a megachurch and a Christian denomination founded by Pastor Chris Oyakhilome in 1987. The Church, with headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, has since become a global network of churches with congregations in many countries, and approximately 5,000,000 followers all over the world. The Church has ministries in Canada, Nigeria, South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom. The church has 145 branches of on five continents.
The church started with a prayer group led by Chris Oyakhilome, at Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, while he was studying architecture in 1987. The church celebrated its 30th anniversary in November 2017.
The church has approximately 13,000,000 followers worldwide.Several other ministries around the world participate in its programs and conferences like the International Pastors and Partners Conference (IPPC) which holds every November in Lagos, Nigeria; the International Cell Leaders' Conference (ICLC) which holds in the middle of the year; the International School of Ministry; the Healing School, etc.
In the United Kingdom Christ Embassy is a registered charity, established in 1996. In July 2013 the Charity Commission launched an inquiry regarding the use of charitable funds, however inspections of records did not resolve concerns about its financial management and in August 2014 the Charity Commission appointed an interim manager to run the charity until 2016. British tax authorities withheld £2.8 million in Gift Aid tax refunds from the charity as they were concerned not all of the charity's income was being spent for charitable purposes.
There are over 50 branches of Christ Embassy churches, growing in Canada.
A branch of the Christ Embassy Church in Sydney was ordered to close for seven days in August 2021 after an illegal in-person service was conducted there during a COVID-19 lockdown. The service was attended by 60 people. The pastor of the church had previously discouraged his followers from receiving COVID-19 vaccines.
Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Christ Embassy International
Address: 51/53, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.
Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria