Pastor David Ibiyeomie was born on October 21, 1962 in Bonny Island, Rivers State. He is a native of Bolo town in Ogu/Bolo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
David Ibiyeomie attended Banham Primary School and Government Comprehensive Secondary School Borikiri, all in Rivers State for his primary and secondary education respectively. In 1980, he enrolled into the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt.
Ibiyeomie gave his life to Christ in 1995 and in the same year, enrolled into full time Bible School in the Word of Faith Bible Institute, an arm of David Oyedepo’s Ministry.
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After completing his Bible School training at Bishop David Oyedepo’s Word of Faith Bible Institute (WOFBI), Ibiyeomie started a house fellowship with his family in Victoria Island, Lagos; he later moved to Port Harcourt, Rivers State, where he started Salvation Ministries (Glorious Chapel) on April 13, 1997, with a little over 20 members in attendance.
In July 1997, the church relocated to a larger plot of land. As of 2017, Salvation Ministries averages about 50,000 attendees every Sunday at its headquarters in GRA Phase 2, Port Harcourt. In February 2011, Salvation Ministries started 14 satellite churches in one day, with all running five services each.
Ibiyeomie commands a lot of respect in the Christian community in the country and beyond. He is very vocal when it comes to topical issues and has made tremendous impact with his educational and health interventions.
For some time now, he has adopted gospel comedians to, at intervals, come to his church to crack jokes and that is another first of its kind by a religious body in the country.