Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of Living Faith Church, has found himself at the center of criticism following his decision to appoint his second biological son, Isaac, as the national youth pastor of Youth Alive Fellowship (YAF), the church’s youth wing.
The announcement was made by YAF on its official Facebook page last Sunday, proclaiming Pastor Isaac Oyedepo’s role in leading the youthful congregation to greater heights.
“On behalf of the Youth of Living Faith Church Worldwide, we extend a warm welcome to our National Youth Pastor, Pastor Isaac Oyedepo, as he guides the Youth Alive Fellowship to new levels of glory,” YAF’s statement read.
The appointment didn’t sit well with some Nigerians who expressed their reservations in the comment section of the post, questioning why the bishop’s son was chosen for such a position.
In response to the criticism, Facebook user Chike Ogugwu commented, “It’s his father’s business, so let him manage it well.”
Another user remarked, “It’s a family business, grooming him for leadership. Father, mother, child – it’s all part of the church. May God help us.”
Paul Waiyo viewed the appointment as a strategic business decision, stating, “A strategic business decision. The best way to go.”
Joseph Ogidiolu emphasized that it’s a family enterprise rooted in family heritage, while Christian Chukwudi believed that Bishop Oyedepo was gradually preparing his son to take over from him in the future, saying, “Gradually positioning him to take over someday.”
Chibedu Edoga humorously celebrated the appointment, remarking, “Family business is the best! Congratulations on your new promotion. Every member of the family must be called by fire and thunder.”
These comments come shortly after public outcry over the appointment of Jimmy Odukoya, the son of the late founder of the Fountain of Life Bible Church, Taiwo Odukoya, as his father’s successor.