Josiah was born into the Akindayomi family of Ondo State of Nigeria. Even though this child grew up surrounded by idol worshippers, he knew there existed a greater God who created the earth and everyone on it, and yearned for a relationship with Him.
Josiah’s pursuit for God led him to the Church Missionary Society where he was baptised in 1927.
Still spiritually unfulfilled, Josiah joined the Cherubim and Seraphim church. Whilst there, he began to hear a voice within him saying, "You will be my servant." Since this was not his intention, he decided to ignore the voice. This went on for seven years during which all the business ventures that he tried resulted into failure. In debt and without peace of mind, he found himself totally dependent on the grace of God. Totally broken, he yielded saying, "Lord, I will go wherever you want me to go." He asked for signs to confirm that this was indeed God's call. The confirmation came through the Bible passages of Jeremiah 1:4-10, Isaiah 41:10-13 and Romans 8:29-31. The Lord assured him that He would provide for all his needs, as he would not receive any salary from that point on. This proved to be a comforting reminder during the trials in the months ahead.
He got married in 1941.
He started to become concerned that the Cherubim and Seraphim church where he was worshipping was departing from the true Word of God in some of its practices.
He left the church and started a House Fellowship at Willoughby Street, Ebute-Metta, Lagos called, the Glory of God Fellowship. Initially there were nine members but before long the fellowship rapidly grew as the news of the miracles that occurred in their midst spread. He had a vision of words that appeared to be written on a blackboard. The words were "The Redeemed Christian Church of God." Amazingly, he could not read or write but was supernaturally able to write these words down. In this visitation, God also said to him that this church would go to the ends of the earth and that when the Lord Jesus Christ appeared in glory, He would meet the church. The Lord then established a covenant with Pa Akindayomi, synonymous to the Abrahamic covenant in the Bible. He said that He the Lord would meet all the needs of the church in an awesome way if only members would serve Him faithfully and be obedient to His Word. It is upon this covenant that the Redeemed Christian Church of God was built.
God told Pa Akindayomi that his successor would be a young educated man who did not attend the church.
Enoch Adejare Adeboye, lecturer at the State University joined the church and Pa Akindayomi recognised him in the Spirit as the one the Lord had spoken about.
Enoch Adeboye was ordained a pastor of the church.
Pastor Adeboye became the General Overseer, taking over from Pa Akindayomi who had died the previous year.
Since then, an open explosion began with the number of parishes growing in leaps and bounds. The Redeemed Christian Church of God is present in many African nations including C'ote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Gambia, Cameroon, and South Africa. In Europe the church is spread out in England, Germany, and France. In the United States there are parishes in Dallas, Tallahassee, Houston, New York, Washington, and Chicago and also in the Caribbean states of Haiti and Jamaica.
Immanuel Sanctuary was registered as a church with the charity commission. The church was born out of a vision given to Nonso Molokwu to ‘arise and be a repairer of the breach - to repair what the enemy has destroyed in lives, marriages, homes and the community’.