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Paul Enenche: Doctor-turned-pastor who built the biggest church in Nigeria

Paul Enenche: Doctor-turned-pastor who built the biggest church in Nigeria

Paul Enenche is a household name in Nigeria. When the list of the most successful pastors in Nigeria and Africa is drawn up, he is probably in the top 10. Why not? He is the owner of the Glory Dome, the biggest church in Nigeria with over 100,000 capacity.

Enenche is revered in Christendom in Nigeria. He has amassed a lot of followers for his ministry and he is courted by influential leaders in the country.

So, who is Paul Enenche, the medical doctor-turned-pastor lauded for touching people’s lives positively?

Paul Enenche biography

Paul Enenche smiling

Paul Idoko Enenche was born on June 12, 1968, in Orokam, Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State. He is an Idoma, an ethnic group in Benue State, Nigeria. Enenche was raised by his mother Titi Enewa Enenche.

It is also important to note that Enenche is the brother of Major General John Enenche, a former Director of Defence Information, and Sammoses Enenche, a gospel minister who died on July 20, 2016.

Enenche attended the University of Jos, where he graduated with a degree in Medicine and Surgery.

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Career

Paul Enenche preaching

Paul Enenche was influenced to go into ministry, thanks to his upbringing. His mother was a born-again Christian after giving her life to Christ in 1958. According to him, his mother raised her children to love the way of the Lord by ensuring they participated in morning devotions.

Although Enenche was raised in the Methodist Church, he joined the Deeper Life Campus Fellowship while he was a medical student at UNIJOS. Enenche was an active member of the fellowship where he took Christian work very seriously.

In May 1996, Enenche found himself in a dilemma. He was living in Jos at the time, already a graduate and married with a lot of prospects. He was offered several juicy medical appointments abroad. He had several choices to make. First, to relocate to the prestigious University of London and the Hammersmith Hospital with his wife, who is also a medical doctor, where they had offers to work and simultaneously advance their careers.

Second, to take two other attractive medical appointments in two other countries. Third, to keep their jobs in the two different hospitals where he and his wife worked and were comfortable. However, there was another uncertain option, a restless urge in the spirit to start his ministry.

Hence, on May 28, 1996, Enenche embarked on a personal retreat to a mountainous area on the outskirts of Jos to commune with God regarding his choices.  After three days of fasting, he came down from the mountain with a clear vision of which choice to make. This was where the journey to start the Dunamis Church began.

Ministry

Paul Enenche giving a sermon in church

According to Enenche, the Lord instructed him to set aside his medical certificate and “go to the city of Abuja to start a gospel outreach that will be characterised with a heavy presence of God to heal, save and deliver people; a church that will restore human destiny and dignity”.

Thus, he obeyed and started Dunamis International Gospel on November 10, 1996. The Church’s first church service was held at Abuja Centre for Arts and Culture. Two weeks later, the Church moved to Abuja Sheraton Hotel. After six months, the church moved to its permanent site and has since made groundbreaking records.

Enenche’s ministry, as he has admitted in the past, is heavily influenced by popular gospel ministers like Pastor W.F Kumuyi, Pastor David Oyedepo, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, and Pastor Kenneth Copeland.

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Apart from pastoring, Enenche is an accomplished author of many Christian and inspirational books. Below is a list of some of them:

  • Financial Wisdom
  • Reason for Living
  • Who are you
  • 30 Secrets to the top
  • 21 Uncommon keys to financial overflow
  • 21 Laws of Life
  • Wisdom of planning and time use
  • The story of the glory
  • 10 Principal secrets of principal people
  • 15 kingdom strategies for survival

There is also Seeds of Destiny, a daily devotional publication designed to boost the Christian faith, with tens of thousands of copies printed monthly.

Enenche is also the overseer of Destiny Academy, Destiny College and Destiny Publications, all of which are owned and run by the church. His ministry also started its own media outfit, Dunamis TV/Radio.  The primary purpose of the media outfit, according to the Church, is to evangelise the world for Christ. Dunamis TV, which is a satellite TV, is said to have over three million viewers.

Church

The Glory Dome
The Glory Dome

Enenche’s church, Dunamis International Gospel Centre, is headquartered in Abuja. The church, named The Glory Dome, is the largest in Nigeria with a 100,000-capacity auditorium.

The Glory Dome was built and completed on November 24, 2018. Sitting on an expanse of land called the Lord’s Garden, the church is located along Airport Road in Abuja, Nigeria. It has five major entrances, two long galleries and an expansive pulpit. The yellow-coloured roof spans 228 metres and covers 22,148 square metres – over two hectares (five acres) without an interior column.

Other facilities you will find on the church’s grounds are Rose of Sharon Gardens, Still Water Restaurant, Destiny Christian Academy (a boarding and day school), Pastors’ Quarters and a Water Fountain. The church also observes six services on Sundays and two mid-week services on Wednesdays.

The Dunamis International Gospel Centre also has several branches all over the world.

Paul Enenche net worth

Paul Enenche getting out of his car

Paul Enenche’s net worth is estimated to be about $20 million. The cleric has a fleet of luxury cars, including a Mercedes SLR McLaren, Lexus LX 570 and Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon.

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Songs

Paul Enenche album cover

It is pertinent to note that Enenche is a lover of music. Indeed, he has promoted and influenced a lot of popular Nigerian gospel artists, notable among them being the late Osinachi Nwachukwu.

Enenche has also released a lot of songs himself. Some of them are:

  • Owner of My Life
  • Nara Ekele
  • Keep holding on
  • Father in Heaven
  • I love you, Lord
  • Lord, I’m in need of your hands
  • My eyes are upon you
  • I’m Alive oh Lord
  • He Arose
  • You can make me what you want
  • My life builder
  • My life is hidden in Christ
  • My life belongs to you
  • Your throne is established
  • I’m Blessed
  • You are always there to help
  • You never fail

Messages

Paul Enenche quote

Blessed with the gift of scientific knowledge as a medical doctor and the anointing of God, Enenche’s messages centre around “connecting humanity with the person, presence, passion (for), purpose, potential, principles and power of the Almighty and releasing them to subdue and dominate the earth now – and possess Heaven at the end.”

You can find some of his profound messages here.

Family

Paul Enenche family

Paul Enenche is married to Becky Inyangbe Enenche (nee Ibu). The couple met as students at UNIJOS. Becky is also a medical doctor and a pastor, and actively ministers at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre alongside her husband. She is reportedly the brain behind Seeds of Destiny.

The couple is blessed with four children – one boy and three girls (Deborah, Daniella, Destiny and Paul-Daniel). One of the girls is Deborah Enenche popularly known as DeBee, who is the creative Director at ‎Dunamis International Gospel Centre. She is also the first of the Enenche children. Deborah is a lawyer, gospel minister and music artist. She is also known for her eccentric fashion style with cowboy boots.

Deborah got married to Sam Hawthorn Uloko on December 4, 2022.

Conclusion

Paul Enenche is a man that is so passionate about making an impact on his generation and others to come. Apart from his ministry, he has also been involved with humanitarian services such as sending relief materials to victims of natural disasters, offering scholarships to the children of widows, distributing medical equipment to Abuja hospitals to facilitate COVID-19 treatment, constructing a road at Mararaba in Nasarawa State and many others.

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