The beginning of Royal Harvest Christian Ministry (RHCM) can be traced to the dealings that the President of the Ministry, Pastor Benn Itua, had overtime with God in the 1990s up until the very early part of the 21st century. Prior to this time, he was in paid employment. He was the Research/Consultancy Manager at his place of work. During this time he had become a Parish Pastor at the church he had joined much earlier as a member. This accounted for much of the delay in responding to God’s commission on his life. His argument was that he was already serving in the church as a pastor and therefore would not need to go birth another ministry. He wanted to pursue his career, make money and use it to support ministry work. But God wouldn’t let him just as He didn’t let Jonah.
So in 1999, he resigned from his place of work to go into full time ministry in the same Church where he had been pastoring (though he was not earning any salary for the next five years until he was released in 2004). It was his thinking that if God wanted his all, he could as well serve under that same church.
However, God kept on speaking to his heart in long and short discourses which he graciously took time to document. It was over this period of time that God unveiled to him the purpose and reasons for the mandate. Ensuing periods of fasting, prayers and reflection finally brought him to the acceptance of the divine directive that a ministry be birth for this purpose; and, to realise the need to put in place a structure for the fulfillment of the vision (Colossians 4:17).
The name of the Ministry was later shown to him in an open vision whilst he was engaged in a prayer of enquiry. This was 24 hours after he had been prayed for and released from his former church in 2004. It was also shown to him in that vision that the Ministry should start on the Island in Lagos, Nigeria. Thereafter he started making efforts to give expression to the mandate.
The Ministry started small, with five adults and three children (five of them-two adults, three children-from his own household). They met at his house in Ogba in mainland Lagos once very week to pray and prepare for the eventual take off of the work.
The Ministry had its first Sunday service as Royal Harvest Assembly on April 16, 2006 in a very small hall in one of the facilities in Victoria Island in Lagos. After then, the Ministry has had to move venues (four of them) with its attendant implications. But the God of restoration has been faithful as the last movement brought the Ministry into her permanent site in 2012.