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Ikumuyiwa To Kumuyi: Deeper Life Pastor, GO Changes Name From Death To Life

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Nov 25, 2013 – Pastor WF Kumuyi Talks Life History & Why He Changed His Name From Ikumuyiwa, Death Has Brought This

Ikumuyiwa To Kumuyi: Deeper Life GO, Pastor Changes Name From Death To Life

The founder and the GO of Deeper Life Bible Church, Dr W.F Kumuyi has spoken on the real meaning of his name for the very first time.

In this recent interview with Elife, Kumuyi narrated why he changed his original name Ikumuyiwa meaning “death brought this” to Kumuyi.

He also talked at length about his Christian Faith and why his church was named Deeper Life.


African names have meanings. What does Kumuyi mean?

The full name is Ikumuyiwa, which means ‘death brought this”. After I became a Christian, I realised it was the death of Christ that has brought us salvation, and also the redemption and reconciliation we have with God. So, for me, the name, Ikumuyiwa, is very significant – death has brought something good. The death of Christ has brought us the grace and goodness of God, and the relationship we have now with the Lord.

How many siblings do you have?
I have two siblings – a sister who is three years younger than I am, and a brother who is far much younger, 18 or 19 years younger than I am. Both of them are in Nigeria . My sister lives in Ondo State . A born-again Christian, she attends Deeper Life. My brother lives in Osun State, and he is also in the Church. Both of them are following the Lord.

You left the Anglican Church for the Apostolic Church. What made you switch?
I was teaching in Mayflower School, my alma mater. I completed my secondary school education in 1961, and started teaching mathematics at Mayflower in 1962. It was there that I was introduced to the Apostolic Faith, not Apostolic Church, and really heard about the change that Christ could make to our lives when we turned from our sins and believed in him and how he died for us on the cross of Calvary. It was there that I had the salvation experience and things really turned up for me.

You became a born-again Christian at the age of 23, on 5th April 1964. Do you still remember what happened?

Yes, a preacher was preaching a simple message, and because I had become almost like a moralist in the sense that I protected my name and personality, when that preacher preached, I saw that it was not just our actions that made us unacceptable to God, even our wrong thoughts and wrong plans or planning our lives as if God didn’t exist, also made us unacceptable. I then realised that I needed God. And when the preacher made an altar call, he pointedly said if “anybody needed Christ to fill the void in their lives, such people should come forward”, I felt drawn to what he was saying. I went forward, knelt down and prayed. In fact, it was such an important day for me that I still remember it to this day, even where I knelt, how it all happened, and the peace and joy that came to my heart, that now I was reconciled with God through Jesus Christ. It was very definite.

Was it in Lagos ?

No, it was in Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State , about one-and-a ­half hours drive from Lagos.

Why did you call it Deeper Life?

Actually it came from the people. When they received the articles, they came to the Bible studies and said: “We’ve been Christians before, but this one is deeper than what we used to know.” So they used the name Deeper Life. We also knew that we were leading them to deeper relations with God; that is how those articles became Deeper Christian Life Articles. Then as we continued with the Bible studies, the group became known as the Deeper Christian Life Ministry. And when it became a Church in 1983, we called it the Deeper Life Bible Church.

Are you saying the name, Deeper Life, didn’t come from you?

Well, yes and no. We called the articles we sent out “Deeper Life Articles”. The people themselves were saying those articles were deepening their Christian lives. So the name came from both sides.



  1. Omo olope

    November 25, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    Ikumuyiwa is a very bad name
    Why did ur parent gave u that name

  2. Anoni

    November 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    You condemed your followers from wearing make up and even ban them from watching tv for over 40years saying its the thing of the world ok agreed you fooled them..But can you explain the reason why your wife son was wearing makeup on their wedding day? let me guess is it bcos she was ugly or what? **** **** pastors of Nigeria..

    • feez

      December 25, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      im very sure you know he didnt wed in the church, so talk from what you understand not just what you hear..thanks

    • Tod

      January 25, 2017 at 7:54 PM

      plz understand before yhu say anything,,, his child in question was punish for that

  3. bezo

    November 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    @Anoni, u are a very intelligent guy, I have heard the story too, he put them in the wilderness for 40 years without training up his own child like that, is he from Igbo

    • Anoni

      November 25, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      Only Bezo sees things from my point of view the rest of you all questioning my comment are pastor slaves i dont go to church but it dont mean i dont believe in the high power (God) my salvation is in my heart..I pray more than the Muslim 5 times daily prayer..everytime i remember what God has done in my life i pray..

  4. D Hunter

    November 25, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Anoni, i dnt knw weda u r a male or female, bc ur name is strange 2 me bt i hv a qust 4 u 2 which i wld appreciate frank ans. Why r u so interested in make ups n wat do u stand 2 gain 4rm it? Ans dat….

  5. bg

    November 25, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    @Anoni were u @d wedn,or was he d 1 wu put d makup 4 her?n morso u dnt av 2 say anytin bad against Gods anointd,if his sayns wèré wrng,dèn y is God answerin his prayas.d truth is alwayz bita n ppl dnt luv d trut.he has simply spokn d trut has he wil alwayz spik.

    • Anoni

      November 25, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Bg read my comment very well before you start talking cos i dont understand your question..Write correct English please dont use abbreviations.

  6. joseph

    November 25, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    judge not another so that you will not be judged; THAT IS WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS… So why are we not obeying that command? My dear brethren, just live your life unto pleasing God and leave the judgement for him on the D day. Do not speak evil against his servant lest you answer for it. Remember, TOUCH NOT MY ANNOITED AND DO MY PROPHET NO HARM.

  7. Gentlevik

    November 25, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Hello friends am his church member, in the area of tv even mbaka of roman catholic adoration ministry preaches against some improper video program especially for kids, even if anything happens to his spiritual life today I have no right to judge after all people like moses, david after God’s heart solomon, sampson all missed steps in one way or the other and they were restored so his own won’t be an exception , but I pray he do not fall and if he will pick up himself. Shalom.

  8. Segun Black

    November 25, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    May God bless u Sir…more grace and power to serve the Lord till the end.


    November 25, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    benzo,is like you are a slave to the IGBOS,OLODO

  10. jo

    November 25, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    When it coms to men of GOD watch ur coment!!!!!!!!!!guyz

  11. truth

    November 26, 2013 at 7:30 AM

    for a very long time,i hv noticed and monitored Bezo or wat eva he calls him/herself,his/her comments r always baseless,senseless n totally out of dis world,he/she neva reasons or talk like a normal human being,i hv neva eva seen him/her givin a positive or sensitive comment,as a matter of fact is not compulsory to comment,if u dn’t hv anytin good 2 say,then dn’t say anytin at all or beta still,just fuck out,u took dis 2 d extreme,hw dare u n ur stupid alibi Anony talk against or question a man of God? u beta watch it b4 u r doomed

  12. Austen

    November 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    @anoni and bezo I fink you guyz are spiritually blindfolded, and i pray God ‘ll open your understanding of His words. One problem some people ‘ve is, they are distance from the word of God (Bible), if you fail to understand the word, then you miss the whole thing, imagine somebody saying make-up, for God sake what do you gain from make up? The Basic Instructions Before Living d Earth, which is (BIBLE) all christians should abide by it

  13. Joseph tetteh

    June 19, 2017 at 11:20 AM

    please I want to know biblical abbreviation for Jesus Christ and that of Satan …

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