Centre dome to listen to Roberts. He heads one of the largest interdenominational, non-racial churches in South Africa, with 25 000 members. He is credited with establishing one of the first Interdenominational non-racial Churches in South Africa and called it “Christian Centre”.
4. Pastor Chris
229 986 He is a famous Nigerian televangelist after all. This scandal-ridden pastor is the founding president of Believers’ LoveWorld Incorporated, also known as “Christ Embassy”, which is headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, with a few satellite churches in South Africa. His church building in Nigeria is the largest in the world. According to a report compiled by Forbes in 2012, his net worth is estimated at between $30m and $50m and “is actively involved in magazines, newspapers, local television station, satellite TV, record label and even real estate”. 5. Pastor Jerome Liberty
211 A businessman from Port Elizabeth, who believes he has “the heart and divine assignment to equip the Body of Christ 6. Pastor Vusi Dube
2 905 Perhaps most famous for ordaining President Jacob Zuma as a pastor in his Christian eThekweni Community Church and according to a 2011 City Press report, the church is attended by gospel stars Rebecca Malope and Hlengiwe Mhlaba, DJ Tira and L’vovo Derrango, among others. According to its website, the church “was formed to empower African black people to take their position of influence in the global arena”.
He describes himself as “socially and spiritually savvy” but ended up butting heads with the ANC after they controversially decided to remove his church from Alberts Park. He announced in April 2012 that he was planning to spend R40m over the next five years to develop his church. 7. Ray McCauley
3m McCauley is a former champion bodybuilder, a former Mr South Africa and was the third-placed runner-up for the Mr Universe bodybuilding championship in 1974. The charismatic preacher is never far from news headlines, having developed a high profile in various media groups. The church is estimated to take in more than R70m a year in donations and you can buy a 28-minute slot during prime time on the Rhema TV station from $450. Soweto TV viewers have long been entertained by the spectacle put on by Pastor Mboro, as Motsoeneng is known by viewers and followers. All these miraculous healings take place at the Incredible Happenings Ministry in Katlehong, East Rand. In February it was announced that Motsoeneng had been arrested by the SAPS for alleged sexual assault of women and girls. The South African Human Rights Commission is following up on complaint submitted by Sonke Gender Justice and People Opposing Women Abuse (POWA) in June 2011. 9. Apostle Simon Mokoena
2 658 Apostle Mokoena, founder of the nationwide Tyrannus Apostolic Church, is a man of diverse talents. On his website, he describes himself as “an author, musician, preacher, teacher, humanitarian, poet and TV presenter”. The church was founded in 2000 in Qwaqwa in the Free State.
According to its website the church has “seen enormous growth under my [Mokoena’s] guidance and leadership, and has developed into one of the fastest-growing churches in South Africa with branches in all nine provinces as well as neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Namibia and Mozambique.
“The church is registering more than 5 000 new members every month and has more than 1 000 branches throughout South Africa and in the six SADC countries. The church has currently more than 1. 8 million registered members.”