Even though most people don’t seem to know it, it’s a fact that the church ministry is one of the most paying ventures in the world. All you need to do is get the right congregation, choose your themes wisely and you are on your way to wealth and prosperity.
In no particular order, here is a list of the top 5 richest pastors in South Africa who prove that the Lord surely provides for His servants.
Pastor Alph Lukau
Pastor Alph Lukau of the Alleluia Ministries International is one of the most prominent and richest pastors in South Africa. The man of God made his name known internationally after claiming that he could resurrect the dead.
His theatrics on the pulpit have gained him a lot of followers including some prominent South African celebrities who bring in fat tithes and offerings to his church. Lukau also runs a YouTube channel where he ministers to his flock online, and it’s one of the most popular YouTube channels in South Africa.
Lukau’s net worth is estimated at about $600 million and he knows how to live flamboyantly. He owns some of the sleekest cars including a Bentley, and Rolls Royce, and also owns a couple of private jets.
But is his wealth only from Church offerings you ask? Well, yes and no. He also has quite a number of investment properties that keep the cash flowing in.
Prophet Uebert Angel
Prophet Uebert is said to be one of the youngest richest pastors in South Africa. Uebert founded the Good News Church in 2007 which was later renamed in 2015.
Many of you might know him as the pastor who is known for preaching in his helicopter. Yes, you read that right? Talk about a Church without limits, and that just goes to show how wealthy he is. Prophet Uebert also owns two TV stations and boasts of a very extravagant life.
He is so rich that he actually owns a millionaire academy where he teaches people how to make good money. I mean, well-done man of God! What more is there to say?
Prophet Shepherd Bushiri
Following closely on the list of the richest pastors in South Africa is the Malawian pastor and businessman who as you already know is a wanted man in South Africa.
And while he has been named as one of the richest men of God, it is still quite undecided where he gets his riches from. This is especially because he has been accused of fraud and money laundering not once, but quite a number of times.
Bushiri is the founder and head pastor of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church and also serves as the founder and head of the Bushiri Shepherd Ministries which has its headquarters in Pretoria and branches in Zambia, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Namibia, and Botswana.
Recently it was also rumoured that he had begun another branch in China. Now if that does not scream money, we don’t know what does. He owns a telecommunications company and is also invested in real estate and gold mining.
Next up on the list of the richest pastors in South Africa is the late Pastor Tshifhiwa Irene who was a televangelist and the creator of Divine Truth World Restoration Services. Her ministry, which is based in Venda, is well-known for preaching deliverance among other miraculous practices.
Despite her death in 2018, she had earned a substantial fortune. She worked in banking before starting her ministry, from 1990 to 2001, with the Standard Bank of South Africa. Her net worth was said to amount to $42 million, adding her to the list of the richest pastors on the continent.
May her soul continue resting in peace.
Another wealthy man of God is Pastor Ray McCauley. He is the Senior Pastor of the Rhema Bible Church.
He holds various leadership positions, that include being the president of the International Federation of Christian Churches and the South African National Interfaith Council. He underwent training in 1979 and began his ministry with his family there afterward.
With a net worth of around $28 million, Pastor Ray McCauley is among the richest pastors in South Africa. It also helps that he is friends with quite a number of political leaders not only in the country but all around the world which speaks to the kind of influence he has.
Well then, the next time you think that pastors are not cashing in some good money be sure to refer to this article just so you can refresh your memory.