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 the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multi-ethnic, multicultural inner city church in south east London.
Israel is the editor of “Turning the Tables on Mission: Stories of Christians from the Global South in the UK”, 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” , “20 Pentecostal Pioneers in Nigeria” 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 and the Baptist Union of Great Britain’s Council. He is a Borough Dean in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Israel’s research interest and areas include African Church history and theology, Reverse mission, multicultural churches, intercultural ecumenism, African Pentecostalism and Black Majority Churches (BMCs).
Israel speaks nationally at various conferences, seminars, Bibles Colleges, Universities on the subject of Reverse Mission, African Christianity and Black Majority Churches and he is one of the directors of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World an initiative designed to prepare, equip and encourage missionaries from the Majority World in Britain. He is very passionate about the Bible and likes to help people connect with its stories. He also loves Railway models (Hornby), Lego and Scalextric! He is happily married to Lucy Olofinjana a first class graduate in Social Anthropology and International Development at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Lucy is the Unity Programmes Manager of the Evangelical Alliance serving the One People Commission and other projects such as the Great Commission.
If you would like to contact me regarding any of my research work or would like to invite me to speak or preach about issues to do with African Churches in Britain or related subject please contact me through this email address: israelolofinjana@