Minister, Bible Teacher, and Televangelist Paul Adeolu Adefarasin He is the Prelate and Metropolitan Pastor of the House on the Rock churches, which have branches in several cities across Nigeria, including Port Harcourt, Abuja, Johannesburg, South Africa, and London, United Kingdom. He also organizes and hosts The Experience Gospel Concert.
Early Life and Education
Paul Adefarasin was born on January 25, 1963, in Ijebu Ode, Nigeria, to Joseph Adefarasin, a Nigerian High Court judge, and Hilda Adefarasin, a Jamaican and women’s rights activist from Lagos State. He is the younger brother of Rev. Wale Adefarasin and Apostle Yemi Adefarasin, both well-known Christian ministers in Nigeria. He grew up in both Nigeria and the United States.
Adefarasin went to Ikoyi’s St Saviour’s School and Yaba’s Igbobi College. Haileybury College in England was where he completed his secondary education. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami. He also received a Diploma in Christian Ministry from the International Bible Institute of London.
Paul Adefarasin worked as an architect for Baldwin, Sackman, and Carrington Architects in Florida. He was a drug addict until his repentance in 1994. He attended the International Bible Institute of London after his conversion. He began as a volunteer, and after that, he became the pastor of Action Chapel in London.
Pastor Paul Adefarasin founded the House on the Rock Church in his mother’s living room in Lagos in 1994, with a few attendees. Today, the living room church has grown into a Ministry with over 50 branches in Africa and Europe.
As a visionary, he obeyed the leading of God to start the Lagos Experience Gospel Musical Concert and the program was first produced in 2006. The Lagos Experience has become a landmark event that draws gospel music greats of this age. The concert has hosted gospel artists such as Travis Greene, Sinach, Nathaniel Bassey, Don Moen, Donnie McClurkin, Tope Alabi, Planetshakers, Chioma Jesus, Eben, Onos, Sammie Okposo, Todd Dulaney, Mercy Chinwo and many others.
In June 1995, Pastor Paul Adefarasin is married to Ifeanyi Adefarasin (born September 16th 1972), a former beauty queen and now a respected minister and conference speaker well known for her clear and practical message of hope and empowerment. Together, they have three children. He has direct access and mentoring from his spiritual father, Bishop T.D. Jakes.
Pastor Adefarasin produced a music album in 2011. It was a collaboration work with Nigerian musicians such as Niki Laoye, Segun Obe, Sammie Okposo, and Saxophonist Mike Aremu.
Impacts and Influence
He started the Rock Foundation which collaborates with the church for social and humanitarian services like rehabilitation and empowerment of ex-convicts, urban miscreants, prostitutes, and drug addicts. Formerly a drug addict himself, he is well motivated to preach against all social vices that bedevil humanity. He is well known for his publicly aired programme Something is about to happen.
Adefarasin has written, authored, and self-published over 20 motivational Christian mini-books and multimedia resources. Three of his books have been published by Christian book publishers and distributors.
Some of his books are:
- The Call For a Performing Generation
- Something Is About To happen
- Real Woman
Awards and Nominations
Forbes Africa’s most influential personality of the year (2021).
His Net Worth is estimated at $5 million.