To Get Personalised contents and be able to add items to your favourites, please Sign In or Sign Up          

Joseph Ayo Babalola

Encyclopedia » Biography » Religious Figures

Joseph Ayo Babalola


Joseph Ayo Babalola (1904-1959) was the founder of the Christ Apostolic Church, popularly called Aladura in Nigeria. He was credited with healing powers.

Life and mission

Babalola was born of Yoruba parents at Ilofa, Nigeria, and was brought up as an Anglican. Having left elementary school, he was employed in the Public Works Department as a steam roller operator. In October 1928, while trying to repair his machine, he believed that Jesus Christ called him to abandon the job and start preaching. He then joined Faith Tabernacle in Lagos, which was related to an American Pentecostal organization.



In September 1930 Babalola was credited with raising a dead man to life. From then on, with bell and Yoruba Bible in hand, he toured Yorubaland and eastern Nigeria, preaching about repentance, and renunciation of idolatry, the importance of prayer and fasting, and the power of God to heal sickness.

In 1930 Faith Tabernacle affiliated with the British Apostolic Church. Then following a schism in the Apostolic Church about 1940, Bablola went with a new independent church, Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), where he continued his healing and revivalistic activities until his death. The CAC regards Babalola as an apostle and his revival ministry as the beginning of the church. A CAC retreat center was built where Babalola was first called in 1928.

The Christ Apostolic Church has not died along with Apostle Joseph Ayo Babalola in 1958. As a matter of fact it has grown rapidly over the years, with many churches under the Christ Apostolic Church name but each church with a specific branch name.

Christ Apostolic Church (Outreach)

The Christ Apostolic Church (Outreach) is one of the many churches that established after the divine encounter, Joseph Ayo Babalola had in 1928.

The Christ Apostolic Church (Outreach) was established around 1994 by one of the Greatest men of God in Europe, Pastor A.O Fashina.

It started out small but this small but humble beginning is proof that any church whose foundation is built from scratch on faith, prayer, patience, perseverance and hard work is destined for the top. Today, after about fourteen years the congregation has grown from just a few members to hundreds of members from different racial, social and cultural background through the grace of God and commitment of the strong leadership of the church.

The Christ Apostolic Church (Outreach) Headquarters is in Tottenham in the United Kingdom. It has other branches in the United Kingdom.

The Nigerian Headquarters of this ministry is in Akure, Ondo State.

There are also some branches in Ireland. - Autobiography of Joseph Ayo Babalola



Visit Nigeria for a vacation, tour or business exploration Logbaby can help


Updated 3 Years ago

Find Us On Facebook

Tags:     Joseph Ayo Babalola