Pastor David Ibiyeomie’s World of Faith Bible Institute was founded in April 1997 with barely twenty members. A year later The Pastor reported that he had been instructed by God to build a new base to accommodate the increasing number of his Evangelical Christian movement worshippers. To reach that goal the church commenced a fund raising mission, which enabled it to acquire 530 acres of land, which has now grown to a 17,000 acre housing estate christened Canaan City. And, a modern campus, known as Canaanland. Today this complex is distinguished by the 50,000-seat ‘Faith Tabernacle’, which is listed in The Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest church auditorium. In keeping with his Word of Faith guidance, Pastor Ibiyeomie commissioned the construction of a 426,820,sq. ft. worship center conceived in the shape of ‘The Hand of God,’ with five “finger” halls projecting from the ‘Palm’ of the main Tabernacle. The compound encompasses the Youth Hall, the Children’s Church, the Kingdom Heritage Model School, the Faith Academy Secondary School and the Covenant University facility, which accommodates over 7,000 resident students.
In 2015 WSDG Spain-based representative Marc Viadiu had a providential phone call from a Salvation Ministries technical advisor who had learned about WSDG’s broad experience with architectural/ acoustical design and systems integration for many liturgical projects around the globe in House of Worship magazines and invited Viadiu for a tour of the construction site. In-depth conversations held on design and budgetary issues clearly illustrated WSDG’s expertise, and particularly with designing professional audio/video facilities. Partner/Director of Business Development Sergio Molho finalized the negotiations and work began in 2016.
Each of the five “fingers” in the ‘Hand Of God’ Worship Center serves a distinct role in the multi-faceted operation of the complex. To develop a formal design program and scope of work, WSDG partners from around the globe began an intensive collaborative mission. Their collaborative effort was tasked with creating consummate functionality, ease of operation and extraordinary speech clarity for religious services and educational lectures throughout the complex. Sergio Molho was designated Project Liaison for the primary system design program, and WSDG Brazil coordinated acoustics elements for classrooms, lecture halls and the huge (418,000 sq. ft.) Main Sanctuary/Tabernacle. In addition to the religious and educational elements of the complex, WSDG designed an 8,820 sq. ft. audio/video production complex with a multitude of sophisticated audio and video Control Rooms, recording studios, editing and mixing suites to support the Salvation Ministries critical DVD/Audio Book and Broadcast/Streaming Program. Partner/Art Director Silvia Molho contributed her aesthetic design expertise to developing a variety of multi-purpose lighting systems for the religious service areas and the facilities’ video/audio production/ post-production components. WSDG’s entire 60+ member global architectural & acoustical design and systems integration team devoted countless hours to the insuring the success of this complex multi element project. “Marc Viadiu’s providential initial phone conversation with Salvation Ministries confirms the theory that, ‘There are no accidents in the universe.” Sergio Molho remarked. “We look forward to the completion of this important project with great pride and high expectations.