It was considered a kind of taboo for a woman to lead a congregation or a church at some point in time, especially in Africa. Back then the most she could do was be a pastor's wife or an involved worker in God's home. To date, some people also think it unacceptable for a woman to head a congregation because it's so horrible that women are not allowed to sit in the front seat in some churches. Gender inequality is increasingly becoming a thing of the past in the house of God and I'm still so glad to witness this. Women in churches are increasingly becoming ministers and presidents, often beginning their ministries. Although the number of female preachers relative to the male is very limited, the story shifts steadily, but the improvement is evident.
Below are ten female pastors/preachers who in Nigeria operate large churches. They are outstanding women and in their lives, we thank God.
1 Arch Bishop Margaret Idahosa
Margaret Idahosa (born 29 July 1943) is a Nigerian preacher, author, and the Archbishop of the Church of God Mission International. She is the first African female Archbishop. She is the wife of the late Archbishop Benson Idahosa. She is the Chancellor of Benson Idahosa University She was conferred with the Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) by the federal government of Nigeria in 2008
2 Rev. Tope Ogunnoiki
Reverend Tope Ogunnoiki is one who has worked hard to become the best that she can be for her parishioners, inspiring and motivating them through their faith. She is very prominent online and her church has become the most sought after for young and old especially women who love to listen to the word of God and who also want a frequent turn around in their lives. She features as a great women preacher who is a powerful speaker and inspiring thinker. For someone who has heeded God’s call for over 13 years pastors a vibrant church in the heart of Ikeja. Graceville Chapel is a church with a mandate (by God) to embed God’s word in the hearts of people. The church was founded in 2006 and their mission is touching the world with his power.
3 Rev. Funke Adetuberu
Pastor Funke Adetuberu is one of the popular female Pastors in Ibadan and Nigeria. She is the pretty wife of pastor Nelson Adetuberu of Faith Chapel International based in Ibadan. She strikes you as somebody who has a deep passion for her calling and one who has laid her life on God’s altar.
4 Rev. Helen Ukpabio
Helen Ukpabio is the founder and head of African Evangelical franchise Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries based in Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.
5 Bishop Tina Bawa
6 Bishop Bola Odeleke
She hails from Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, southwestern Nigeria. She had her primary and secondary education at Ilesa, the hometown of her mother. She became a Christian in 1970 but began her evangelism on November 1974 and on August 2014, she celebrated her 40th anniversary in the ministry. She became a bishop on May 28, 1995 and was the first African woman to become a bishop
7 prophetess Mary Olubori
8 Rev. Esther Ajayi
Her Eminence Rev. Mother Esther Abimbola Ajayi aka Iya Adura of Love of Christ C&S Church is the current target of shocking rumours that have been flowing underground for a while. The woman who burst into the limelight in the United Kingdom before she brought her gospel of love to her native shores has been in West Africa for some time.
Ordinarily, that should not raise any eyebrows; after all, her Nigerian ministry is reaching so many lives and helping the less privileged to find succour and hope for a better tomorrow both temporally and eternally.
9 pastor Margaret Agbonifo
10 Apostle Nnkechi Iloputaife
What are your thoughts on women preachers? In the house of God, what do you feel is responsible for gender discrimination? Do you think there are more or fewer female preachers we can have?
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