Inside Pastor Ezekiel Odero's multi-million empire

Pastor Ezekiel during a church service at New Life Prayer Centre. [New Life TV]

Opposite the church is a white-storey lavatory that covers a good chunk of land.

Not far from the church is a business center where one building houses several shops and another one for banking services.

As you go round the "city", you find a primary and secondary school each with six streams.

Ezekiel has also built a massive servant quarter for his church staff and an operational clinic. Some of these facilities are still under construction.

As part of his empire, the pastor has a YouTube channel that has close to 450,000 subscribers.

During one of his sermons, Pastor Ezekiel, who now faces criminal charges over his alleged involvement in the Kilifi cult, showcased hundreds of goats that he claimed were brought as a thanksgiving token by some of his followers.

Despite all that, other parts of the 65-acre piece of land remain unused.

Many now question his source of wealth and influence. However, those who have seen him rise are not quick to judge. To them, he is a man from a humble background who worked for years as a mason in Mombasa and later built his empire, during his come-up.

Ezekiel Odero has never attended any theological school. However, he is known for his opulence and will to amass large crowds he commands at his church both in Mombasa and other parts of the country.

The pastor was an instant talk of the town when in November last year pulled a huge crowd for a crusade at the Kasarani Stadium, with a 60,000-sitting capacity