Another pastor, who was among the 40 sacked pastors by Bishop David Oyedepo’s Living Faith Church, has accused the church of paying pastors who were graduates ₦38,000.
According to Godwin, he was employed on the 28th of August, 2020.
The former pastor said he alongside forty of his colleagues were invited by the state pastor on July 1, 2021, and were all sacked over low income in their branches.
The pastor’s revelation had attracted criticism of Winners Chapel but Oyedepo had recently come out to defend the sacking of the pastors, accusing them of failing to win souls for Christ.
Speaking to SaharaReporters, another pastor revealed that the gross salary of graduate pastors was ₦53,000 but they were paid ₦38,000 as the rest was supposed to cover for pension and housing allowance.
According to the pastor who craved anonymity, the money deducted for pensions was not even remitted to their bank accounts until their sack and outrage went viral.
He said, “Oyedepo and his senior Pastors knew they would sack us before employing us. That was why they gave us employment on probation. Someone went online to post lies in support of the church that the recently sacked pastors were being paid ₦80,000 and house rent of ₦150,000.
“I will just say a little here; no employed pastor was paid N80,000 in the church. The highest salary is for degree holders which is ₦53,000 and, this ₦53,000 is not the net salary at the end of the month. The pastor will only receive ₦38,000 at the end of the month; ₦6,000 goes to the pension account and ₦9,000 goes to house rent account.
It is very funny that the pastors, we honoured, could keep the money they removed from our salaries in their personal bank accounts for long without paying into our pension accounts. It was when they sacked us that they started paying into the pension accounts. Imagine that.”