Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) is celebrating 75 years. His life is a fulfillment of the scriptures in Zechariah 4: 10 which declare, “despise not the days of small beginnings”. Born in 1942 into the family described as POOR in a village of Ifewara, Osun State located in the South-western part of Nigeria . Here are some facts NigerianBulletin.com compiled to celebrate the General Overseer of Redeemed Christian Church Of God. Background: Enoch Adeboye often humorously states that his family was so poor that even the poor people called them poor. As a matter of fact, he unashamedly tells his congregation that he never owned shoes – which was synonymous to the former President Goodluck Jonathan's slogan 'I Have No Shoe' - until he was eighteen years of age. What he possessed though were physical intangibles such as focus, consistency, diligence, ambition, a brilliant mind and a determination to succeed in life. Education: In 1956 - Enoch Adeboye was admitted into Ilesha Grammar School, Ilesha, Osun State, Western Nigeria and as a youth he discovered a passion for books, and an aptitude for science and in particular the field of Mathematics. This led to an academic journey in the field of Mathematics against incredible odds including but not limited to finances, the Nigerian Civil War and academic politics. By the time he was done, Enoch Adeboye had obtained not only a Bachelors (BSc.) degree in Mathematics from the University of Nigeria, Nnsukka, Nigeria in 1967, but also a Masters (MSc.) Degree in Hydrodynamics and a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Applied Mathematics, both from the University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria in 1969 and 1975 respectively. Life calling: One of the motivations for these academic achievements was Enoch Adeboye’s passionate desire to become the youngest Vice Chancellor (University President) of any one of the frontline Universities in Nigeria. It did seem that his academic ambition would be realized as his academic career flourished. However, this was not to be as a greater career awaited him in the service of the Lord. Family: Enoch Adeboye has been married to Foluke Adenike Adeboye for over 45 years. Together they have three sons and one daughter, and many grand and great grandchildren children. RCCG: He was ordained a Pastor in RCCG in 1977 while the leadership mantle fell on Pastor Enoch Adeboye in 1981, and since then, the Church has experienced phenomenal growth and success, converting multitudes to Christ. In recognition of his contribution as a global icon and preacher of God’s Word, he was selected in 2008 as one of the world’s 50 most influential people by Newsweek magazine, USA. Adeboye rose to become a change agent to transform a tiny relatively unknown religious structure founded in 1952 by Rev. Josiah Olufemi Akindayomi (1909-1980) to a global brand with presence in over 196 countries of the world. Adeboye has stated that his aim is to put a church within five minutes of every person on Earth In furtherance of this goal, he oversees a network of over 40,000 parish-churches in 186 nations of the world. In the United States, there are over 600 several RCCG branches, the largest concentrations being in the states of Maryland, Texas, Illinois, California, and Washington D.C.