10 of the Richest Mega Pastors: You Won’t Believe Their Bank Accounts!
According to PayScale.com, the average American pastor earns about $46,000 per year. A salary of that size isn’t too surprising considering that only 38% of Americans attend weekly religious services. Despite some churches struggling to keep their doors open, a handful of pastors have entered the ranks of the world’s richest. Meet the top ten mega pastors!
Net worth: $3 million
Chris Okotie, a televangelist and pastor from Nigeria, first rose to fame as a pop musician in the 1980’s. He later founded the Household Church of God, whose 5000 members are mostly local celebrities and musicians. Okotie continued to spread his message when he founded a political party, the Fresh Party. He ran –and lost – in Nigeria’s presidential election.
Net worth: $5 million
Joseph Prince, a previous IT consultant, founded New Creation Church in Singapore in 1983. Prince’s wealth comes from books, DVDs, and a TV program Destined to Reign; the church issued a statement that Prince no longer receives money from the congregation itself. Prince partners with various charitable organizations and ministers particularly to Asian children suffering in poverty.
Net worth: $40 million
Benny Hinn founded the Orlando Christian center in 1983, where he presided over healing services. These healing services grew so popular that Hinn began traveling to major cities and holding these healings in stadiums and arenas. This tour of healing was dubbed the “Miracle Crusades.” Hinn also has a tv program called This is Your Day.
Net worth: $10 million
Temitope Balogun Joshua, popularly known as T.B. Joshua, founded the Synagogue Church of All Nations in 1987. Joshua’s success is due in part to Emmanuel TV, the Christian network he founded. Joshua’s humanitarian heart shows through his ministries; several charities focus on his home of Nigeria. Support is shown to widows, orphans, and the poor as well as reformed robbers, prostitutes, and militants.
Net worth: $15 million
Cindy Trimm, a pastor at the Embassy Worship Center, evangelizes the masses through her sleek online platform. Trimm’s site offers blogs and videos to reach both personal and professional audiences outside of her reach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Trimm also is a successful author.
Net worth: $18 million
TD Jakes is the founder and a pastor of The Potter’s House in Texas. Jakes keeps current with his congregation through TDJ On Demand, an online platform consisting of podcasts, live videos, and downloadable mp3’s. MegaFest, organized by TD Jakes Ministries, draws more than 100,000 to the revival.
Net worth: $25 million
Rick Warren founded Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California in 1980. His congregation began with one family, but now has grown to over 30,000 weekly attendees. Warren truly lives what he preaches as he 90% of his income.
Net worth: $25 million
Billy Graham, born in 1918, is a minister in the Southern Baptist Church who rose to fame in 1949 by holding large rallies. Graham has served as a spiritual advisor to American presidents, bailed Martin Luther King Jr. out of jail, and has encouraged an estimated 3.2 million to “accept Jesus as their personal savior.” Graham created the Rapid Response Team, a grief ministry which deploys to disaster areas to console victims and those affected.
Net worth: $27 million
Creflo Dollar, founder and senior pastor of World Changers International Church in Georgia, ministers to nearly 30,000 members. As the name of his church states, the goal of his ministry is to change the world, and he plans on accomplishing that through nearly 500 satellite churches. His fortune continues to grow due to his speaking engagements, books, and online magazines.
Net worth: $50 million
Chris Oyakhilome is a faith healer and televangelist from Nigeria. HE founded Christ Embassy in Laos, Nigeria. Pastor Chris’ social media platform has grown his ministry; he now has over 1.2 million Twitter followers and his works are available in over 800 languages. His massive net worth stems from both the success of ministry’s online platform as well his other endeavors including owning a record label, real estate, and hotels.
While critics may argue that a multi-millionaire pastor is a bit ironic, these pastors tend their flocks well, and offer hope in our world.