Christopher Oarhe, (born 10th March 1964) is the senior pastor of Hilltop International Christian Centre, a faith-spitting megachurch with over 9,000 members, located in the garden City of Port Harcourt, in Rivers state of Nigeria. Rev. Chris as is popularly known was born into a celebrated family of educationist in a remote community not far away from the ancient city of Benin.
Rev. Chris’ church services and faith messages are broadcast on The New Experience, which are aired on African Broadcasting Network, Cable Mission Television (CMTV), Nigerian Television Authority, Rivers State Television, SilverBird TV, and a couple of other local broadcasting networks. Other aspect of Rev. Chris’ ministry, includes, an annual faith feast captioned as “TopLife Convention” that attracts well over 20,000 people yearly.
He is a pastor, preacher, seminar speaker and writer with a wealth knowledge and skill acquired across a wide range of demanding roles. With over 20 years experience in Christian ministry, he has demonstrated a prolific teaching ministry and effective contribution in directing a successful people focused team.
Rev. Chris spearheads a high calibre media ministry with heavy emphasis on the word of faith and people development spanning the nation of Nigeria and the globe. Particularly interested in economic processes, financial systems and globalization he seeks to empower individuals in their pursuit of recognizing, maximizing and utilizing their God given potentials.
He is the Senior Pastor of Hilltop International Christian Centre, which is one of Nigeria’s fastest growing churches. In the year 2000 after acquiring a 5-acre property, Pastor Chris moved Hilltop International Christian Centre into its new 3000-seater fully air-conditioned auditorium.
Each week, Pastor Chris delivers God’s message of faith and encouragement to more than 5,000 attendees. One out of the three weekly services is broadcast on four television stations where it is viewed by over two million Nigerians each week and more than 10 million viewers all over Africa. This telecast is called New Experience with Pastor Chris Oarhe.
A graduate of Optometry from the University Of Benin, Edo State, he served as Campus fellowship pastor and as associate pastor for several years, before the drive to plant this church in Port Harcourt (Niger Delta region of Nigeria) was initiated when God revealed to Pastors Chris and Dr. Stephanie Oarhe in two specific visions about Port Harcourt, while they prayed for the will of God. Today the church has grown into a family of kingdom minded believers with outreaches (mission centers) extending from the city of Port Harcourt to many nations of the world.
Pastor Chris is an international speaker and the author of several books including, More than Conquerors, How to Build Strong Faith, Breaking Beyond the Growth Barrier, Praying with Your Pastor, a daily devotional – Today in His Presence and prayer manuals. He is married to Dr. Stephanie Oarhe and they are blessed with children.
Pastor Chris Oarhe’s success can be found in his core message of faith and the fact that God is a good God, who desires to bless those who are obedient and faithful to Him through Jesus Christ. It is Pastor Chris’ deepest desire that his own life be an example of that principle and that everyone who hears this message of faith, hope, love and encouragement would choose to accept God’s goodness and mercy and to become all that God wants them to be.