Our pastor Rev Israel Olofinjana


Rev Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister and has pastored Crofton Park Baptist Church (2007-2011) and Catford Community Church (2011-2013). He is currently the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church.

He is Nigerian coming from a Pentecostal background. He holds a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and MTh from Carolina University of Theology (CUT).

Israel is the author of “Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK” “Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe” and “20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria” He has spoken in a number of conferences regarding reverse mission and Black Majority Churches (BMCs) and has also contributed to academic materials and magazines on the subject of Black Majority Churches (BMC) in Britain. He is currently co-opted as a member of the Baptist Union Council. Israel is also one of the Directors of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World an initiative design to train and equip pastors and missionaries from the South. When he is not preaching or writing he is playing with Lego! He is happily married to Lucy who works as an administrator and research co-ordinator for the Evangelical Alliance. She is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), earning a BA in Social Anthropology and International Development. Lucy loves baking and watching movies!



Woolwich Central is run day to day by a team of church members we call a Diaconate, each member of the Diaconate is a deacon. Deacons are elected annually by the church meeting.

Currently, the leaders (in alphabetical order) are Ebenezer, Faye, Felix, Jill, Richard, Sephline, Shelah. The pastor is Israel Olofinjana.