Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi, renowned preacher and founder of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, is a celebrated figure whose life has been marked by remarkable accomplishments, unwavering faith, and a steadfast commitment to spreading the message of Christ. On the occasion of his birthday, we reflect upon the extraordinary journey of this spiritual leader and the indelible impact he has made on countless lives around the world.
Early Life and Spiritual Journey:
Born into a Christian family on June 6, 1941, in Erin-Ijesha, Osun State, western part of Nigeria, William Folorunso Kumuyi’s journey into ministry began in his early adulthood.
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.
After completing his education in mathematics at the University of Ibadan, he embarked on a teaching career, but his true calling was deeply rooted in his unwavering faith in God. He became a born-again Christian in April 1964. In the early 1970s, Kumuyi worked as an education lecturer at the University of Lagos.
The Birth of Deeper Christian Life Ministry:
In 1973, while being a professor of mathematics at the University of Lagos, Pastor Kumuyi founded the Deeper Life Bible Ministry, a non-denominational Christian organization focused on promoting spiritual growth and revival.
From the humble beginnings of a Bible study group with just 15 students who had come to him for Bible training, to being expelled from his church in 1975 for preaching on the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Pastor Kumuyi never relented from walking in the light despite facing challenges along the way.
He continued his independent ministry, and through the Holy Spirit’s guidance, the ministry quickly gained traction. And under Pastor Kumuyi’s visionary leadership, it soon grew to become a powerful force for positive change in Nigeria and beyond. Which in 1982 became the Deeper Life Bible Church.
Throughout his decades-long ministry, Pastor Kumuyi’s teachings, sermons, books, and various humanitarian gestures have inspired and transformed countless lives, inspiring people to seek a closer relationship with God.
Pastor Kumuyi’s personal life has been fraught with many trials as well. After the passing of his first wife, Abiodun Kumuyi, in 2009, he remarried in October 2010. Despite these challenges, his dedication and impact have been recognized worldwide.
National and International Recognitions:
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 (FP).
In 2018, Pastor Kumuyi’s dedication and impact were acknowledged when he and his wife, Esther was honored with a meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, by the former president- Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.). The President commended Pastor Kumuyi’s warmth, radiating love, and prayers for the country. He urged younger preachers to emulate his example and intercede for Nigeria and those in positions of authority.
Former President Buhari’s Congratulatory Message:
On his 80th birthday, Pastor Kumuyi received warm congratulations from the former president, as expressed by Femi Adesina, the former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to President Buhari. The President conveyed his felicitations to Pastor Kumuyi, his family, the members of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, and the Christian community at large.The former President also expressed his wishes for Pastor Kumuyi’s greater service to God and humanity, emphasizing the significance of his vision for the country and praying for its realization.
Plaudits from Far and Wide:
In celebration of Pastor Kumuyi’s 82nd birthday, dignitaries and notable personalities from around the world have come together to honor his remarkable life and extraordinary contributions. The heartfelt messages pouring in from various individuals and organizations are also another testament to the profound impact Pastor Kumuyi has had on the lives of people around the globe.
One such dignitary who extended his plaudits is Ambassador James Momoh JP, the esteemed CEO of Social Plus Africa Communications Ltd. Ambassador James recognized Pastor Kumuyi as a true servant of God and a beacon of inspiration. He applauded the pastor’s unwavering commitment to spreading the message of Christ, emphasizing the transformative effect of his teachings, sermons, and books.
Ambassador James also admired Pastor Kumuyi’s integrity and compassion for others, which have brought hope and healing to those in need. He acknowledged the pastor’s tireless efforts to bring the message of salvation to the lost and encouraged everyone to live lives that honor God, inspired by Pastor Kumuyi’s example.
The outpouring of affection and respect from dignitaries, religious leaders, and individuals from various walks of life demonstrates the widespread recognition of Pastor Kumuyi’s impactful ministry and the positive influence he has had on countless lives. His teachings and leadership have resonated far beyond Nigeria, reaching individuals of diverse backgrounds who have been touched by his dedication, faith, and unwavering commitment to the gospel.
Drawing the curtains:
On this joyous occasion of Pastor Kumuyi’s 82nd birthday, the heartfelt messages from dignitaries like Ambassador James Momoh JP, along with countless others, serve as a reminder of the enduring legacy of a man whose life has become a testament to the transformative power of faith, love, and compassion.
Pastor Kumuyi’s birthday celebration becomes a truly special occasion as it unites people from different corners of the world, all unified in their appreciation for his profound contributions to spiritual growth, revival, and the betterment of humanity through his visionary leadership, unwavering faith, profound teachings, and philantrophic gestures.
As we celebrate Pastor Kumuyi’s accomplishments, let us also embrace his teachings and strive for a deeper relationship with God. His message of love, grace, and truth resonates with people around the world, inspiring spiritual growth, revival, and a better future for humanity.
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