DIVORCE ON THE CARDS FOR CHRIST EMBASSY FOUNDERS?
The decision of the Charity Commission to appoint an Interim Manager to oversee the running of Christ Embassy is just one of the major issues this international denomination is facing.
Nigerian and other African websites are filled with news reports that Pastor Anita Oyakhilome, wife of Christ Embassy’s founder, Pastor Chris, filed for divorce in April this year, using the services of a UK law firm, and citing allegations of adultery and unreasonable behaviour. Pastor Chris has denied the accusations.
It is also being reported that another reason for the couple’s woes is that Pastor Anita feels she is not being given the recognition she deserves, whilst her husband has accused her of usurping authority and being under the influence of ‘bad’ friends.
The couple, who have two daughters, are one of the most high profile ministerial couples in Nigeria, where Pastor Chris is based. Such is the consternation among some Christ Embassy church members about the possibility of their much-loved leaders divorcing, they have set up a Facebook page called ‘Where Is Pastor Anita?’ after it was noted she had not been seen in public since November 2013.
Christ Embassy has branches in the UK, South Africa, the US, Canada and Nigeria, and Pastor Chris, who also owns an airline, TV stations and publishes one of the world’s most read devotionals, ‘Rhapsody of Realities’, which sells two million copies a month, is reputed to be worth between $30-$50 million.
At the time of writing, Keep The Faith had not received a response from Christ Embassy International to these allegations.