Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister and the pastor of Woolwich Central Baptist Church, a multi-ethnic, multicultural inner city church in south east London. He is the founding director of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World an initiative designed to prepare, equip and encourage missionaries from the Majority World in Britain. He previously pastored Crofton Park Baptist Church (2007-2011) and Catford Community Church (2011-2013).
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”, 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 is a Honorary Research Fellow at Queens Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham and also a trustee of Redcliffe College in Gloucestershire. He is on the Advisory Group on Race and Theology of Society for the Study of Theology and a member of Spurgeon’s College’s Academic Quality Advisory Committee (AQAC). ). Israel is also on the Executive Team of Lausanne Europe advising them on matters related to diaspora ministries in Europe.
He is a Borough Dean in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Israel’s research interest and areas include African Christianity and theology, Reverse mission, multicultural churches, intercultural ecumenism, African Pentecostalism, Black Majority Churches (BMCs) and World Christianity.
Israel speaks nationally at various conferences, seminars, Bibles Colleges, Universities on the subject of Reverse Mission, African Christianity and Black Majority Churches. 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 Media and Communications Officer for Churches Together in England (CTE). They are blessed with one son Iyanuoluwa (meaning God’s miracle).
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@