Josiah Akindayomi: Holy People of the World: A Cross- Cultural Encyclopedia, Vol.1
Founder of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Josiah Akindayomi was one of the leaders of the Pentecostal movement in Nigeria. Born in 1909 in Ondo town, southwestern Nigeria, Akindayomi received no formal education but was trained as a blacksmith through the traditional Yoruba apprenticeship system. He was baptized into the Anglican Church in 1927. In 1931, he joined the Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) Church, a brand of the popular Aladura (prayer-marked) movement, and became interested in prayer, fasting, and visions. By 1947, he had moved to Lagos, the capital of colonial Nigeria, where he carved a niche for himself as a man of prayer and a preacher of holiness. He became known as a prophet of God and in 1949 founded the Glory of God Fellowship. He eventually broke away from the C&S, and in 1952 he transformed his fellowship into the RCCG.