Foluke Adenike Adeboye was born on Tuesday 13th July 1948 to the family of Jacob Adelusi Adeyokunnu. Her father Pa Jacob Adeyokunnu was the first son of his father from the royal family and lineage in Ijeshaland, the Owa Obokun Oji, thus, Foluke Adeboye is a princess.
Foluke’s father was a teacher and a catechist. He made sure that all his children were raised up as staunch Methodists. He was reported to be a strict disciplinarian. She is the eldest of a family of ten Children.
She attended Methodist Girls Primary and Secondary school Ilesha; she proceeded to the United Missionary College (UMC) Ibadan where she graduated from in 1966.
Pastor. Mrs. Adeboye has also added four more qualifications- a Diploma Certificate from the University of Lagos (Associate Diploma in Education); another Diploma in Religious Studies and a Certificate in Directorate of Schools Studies from the University of Saint John and Mark, Plymouth, United Kingdom.
Pastor Mrs. Adeboye was said to have met her husband through divine direction.
Foluke’s cousin Olusegun Adeyokunnu was friends with Enoch Adeboye who at that time was an undergraduate student of Mathematics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The couple held their court wedding on September 8, 1967 while the church wedding took place on December 17, 1967 officially making them man and wife. She’s a proud mother of four children (three sons and a daughter) and many grandchildren.
Foluke Adeboye was officially ordained a pastor in 1996 and since then has held top leadership positions in the church including President of the Redeemed Women Fellowship (God Women Fellowship), Director of Education, etc.
Pastor Foluke Adenike Adeboye, blessed with rare gifts of administration, planning, hospitality, counseling, mentoring, ministering comfort, care, and encouragement to many, bringing hope, love and succor to the hopeless. Endowed with immense initiative, and great capacity for hard work. A missionary and minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A powerful intercessor, Bible Teacher & role model for lots of women.
A pioneer of multiple projects, ministries and missions to the glory of God.
With a passion for planting Christian schools, has made immense contributions to the Nigerian Education sector, coordinating work in the field of Christian Education, by starting a vigorous movement (Christ the Redeemer’s Schools Movement) that has led to the founding of several Christian Educational institutions caring for the educational welfare of children in Nigeria and Internationally.
A dutiful wife, a devoted mother and grandmother, a tireless evangelist, a hospitable and seasoned teacher with passion for excellence at all levels of education.