According to a recent article by Thabiti Anyabwile, in the Atlanta Black Star, while some pastors struggle to make ends meet, others make as much as 200 times more than their average congregation member’s salary.
In the article “Eight Black Pastors Whose Net Worth is 200 Times Greater Than Folks in Their Local Communities,” Anyabwile pointed out the net worth of these mega-rich pastors, alongside the average earnings of their church members.
The list of pastors who earn far more than they can possibly spend or are worth, include two from Nigeria, 4 from the U.S. and one from England.
David Oyedepo of Living Faith World Outreach Ministry has a net worth of $150,000,000 and Christian Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy, Lagos, Nigeria is worth $50,000,000, while the average earnings in their country is about $2 per day.
A third pastor in Nigeria, Temitope B. Joshua, of the Synagogue Church of all Nations, Lagos, has a net worth of $15,000,000, while 55% of those around him earn less than $2 per day.
Creflo Dollar tops the list in the U.S. with a net worth of $27,000,000, as compared to the average salary in the neighborhood of College Park, Georgia of $29,640. He is closely followed by T.D. Jakes of the Potter’s House, Dallas, Texas, with a net worth of $18,000,000 while his congregation earns only $56,954 on average.
Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Lithonia, Georgia is the third American pastor on the list with a total net worth of $5,000,000 and a neighborhood average salary of $25,154.
Although his net worth is not listed, Charles Blake of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, South Central Los Angeles has a yearly salary of $900,000 and owns a 10,000 square foot mansion in Beverly Hills. The neighborhood average salary around his church is $27,907.
Last but by no means least, is Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo of Kingsway International Christian Center, London, U.K. His net worth is said to be $10,000,000 but most of his home country members in Nigeria earn less than $2/day.
The long and the short of it is this, no matter what your pastor teaches you about the false doctrine of prosperity gospel or however he claims that he made his money otherwise, he has been making himself rich from your donations, according to Anyabwile.