Our pastor Rev Israel Olofinjana

 

Israel Oluwole Olofinjana  is the founding director of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World and an ordained and accredited Baptist minister. He is the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multi-ethnic, multicultural inner-city church in south-east London having pastored Crofton Park Baptist Church (2007-2011) and Catford Community Church  (2011-2013).

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

Israel is the editor of “African Voices: Towards African British Theologies” (2017), “Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK” (2013), and co-editor of “Encountering London: London Baptists in the 21st Century” (2015). He is also on the editorial board of Missio Africanus an online journal of African missiology in Britain. He is the  author of “Reverse in Ministry and Missions: Africans in the Dark Continent of Europe” (2010),  “20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria” (2011) and “Partnership in Mission: A Black Majority Church Perspective on Mission and Church Unity” (2015). He has also contributed to academic journals, chapters in books and various other contributions on the subject of Reverse Mission, African Christianity, mission and Theology and Black Majority Churches (BMC). He is a member of the Global Connections Council. Israel is also involved in the newly formed Centre for Pentecostalism and Community Engagement of Roehampton University. He previously served as a member of the Baptist Union Council. Israel’s research interest includes African Christianity and theology, Reverse mission, multicultural churches, intercultural ecumenism, Contextual Theology, Pentecostalism, Black Majority Churches and World Christianity.

He is a Borough Dean in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and also a Baptist District Minister having oversight over about twelve Baptist Churches in Greenwich/Bexley. He is very passionate about the Bible and likes to help people connect with its stories. Israel is happily married to Lucy Olofinjana a first-class graduate in Social Anthropology and International Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).  Lucy works as the Unity Programmes Manager with the Evangelical Alliance serving on projects like the One People Commission and the Great Commission.

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.