Winners Chapel International Philadephia is a branch of the Living Faith Church Worldwide also known as Winners Chapel International where Dr. David Oyedepo is the Presiding Bishop. Winners Chapel International Philadephia started on November 2011 and has continued to pursue the liberation mandate across the state of PA and beyond. Winners Chapel International Philadephia is a Word based church where the issue of faith is being stressed and cannot be over emphasized. We teach our people how to activate their faith for exploits in life.
The birth of the Living Faith Church a.k.a Winners Chapel was divinely orchestrated through various encounters experienced by the Presiding Bishop, Dr. David Oyedepo. These encounters are in two fold. One is a church spread mandate and the second is a foreign Mission Mandate. The details are contained below.
Today, testimonies of liberation through our messages, books, tapes, magazines and other periodicals are most humbling. The word of faith is working like fire for the liberation of mankind across the nations.
Bishop David Oyedepo (Presiding Bishop, LFCCWW, WMA) The operational mandate of our ministry is as follows:
During our Easter Faith Convention in 1987, The Presiding Bishop was on his way to the platform on April 27, 1987, when the Lord spoke to him in very clear terms,
"It's time to spread out."
He declared it to the church that same day, and to the glory of God by May 27, 1987, our branch network began in five cities and towns in northern Nigeria, namely Maiduguri, Bauchi, Mubi, Azare and Biu. Today, we are in 1, 693 cities and towns in Nigeria, and over 48 nations in Africa, Europe and America.
On May 4, 1994, as The Presiding Bishop was driving from a meeting held in Zaria to Kaduna, that the Lord spoke to him in very clear terms,
"The harvest of Africa is now over-ripe, rush in and preserve it from decadence."
On May 8, 1994, with a giant map of Africa, we dedicated the mandate to God for execution and by January 15, 1995 the first set of missionaries left the shores of Nigeria. Today, we are in about 48 African nations and operating in 63 cities and towns in those nations. It's clear again that whatever God speaks with His mouth, He performs with His Hand (I Kings 8:15).
The foreign mission mandate gave birth to two organizations. One was the African Invasion Program (AGIP) and the World Mission Agency (WMA). It wouldn't be until the year 2000 that God gave the Commission the prompting to expand beyond the shores of Africa. As it is apparent, the mission to spread this commission and it's churches around the world came directly from God and that is why we have been experiencing God's backing in a strange way.
The understanding of the liberation commission is that, it will basically be an outreach operation. The Presiding Bishop could not imagine any church connection with the commission.
Our understanding then was that there was no kind of church that was not in existence and that what was needed was to ignite the fire of the Holy Ghost in existing churches through itinerant preaching in churches, instead of finding new ones.
However, one glorious day, in November 1982, the Lord spoke to the Presiding Bishop clearly from Luke 1:1-3 that
"this mandate shall have a church base all that is in existence notwithstanding".
Today, the Living Faith Church, well known in some cities and nations as Winners' Chapel, and has become a worldwide name.