The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on Tuesday elected Supo Ayokunle as its new president.
Mr. Ayokunle, a reverend, is the current national president of Nigerian Baptist Convention and takes over the CAN leadership from Ayo Oritsejafor.
The election was conducted at the National Ecumenical Center, Abuja.
At the poll, Mr. Ayokunle defeated his rival, Joseph Otubu of the Motailatu Church Cherubim and Seraphim Movement, MCCSW, with 54 votes to 28.
It was the immediate past president of the body, Mr. Oritsejafor, that announced the result of the election and declared Mr. Ayokunle his successor.
Olasupo Ayokunle, a pastor, teacher and sociologist, was born in Oyo town in Oyo State Nigeria on January 25, 1957.
Mr. Ayokunle attended the Oniyanrin Baptist Central Day School, Iware Road, Oyo State, graduating in 1971. Six years later, he completed secondary education, earning a West African School Leaving Certificate, Ordinary Level.
Thirsty for more education, the young Mr. Ayokunle studied further and obtained a Higher School Certificate in1979/80.
He then proceeded to the University of Ibadan in 1980 where he enrolled for undergraduate studies in sociology. He graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
Three years later, in 1986, he enrolled for a post graduate diploma in Education. He then went on to study for a Masters of divinity degree in Theology in 1992 at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho.
He got married on September 5, 1987 at Aatan Baptist Church, Oyo to his heartthrob, Deborah Olutoyin Abosede Ayokunle (Nee Adesipo).
Not done with acquiring degrees, Mr. Ayokunle went back to the University of Ibadan for another Masters degree, this time in Guidance and Counselling.
On graduation in 2000, he headed to Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, England for a third Masters degree in Theology and Religious Studies in 2003.
On completion of that programme, he immediately commenced his PhD at the University of Liverpool in 2004, earning a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Theology in 2008.
During his National Youth Service between 1983 and 1984, Mr. Ayokunle worked as a teacher at Ekan Community Secondary School, Kwala, Plateau State.
After youth service, he continued work as a teacher at Baptist Secondary Grammar School, Ago Are, Oyo State, between 1985 and 1987. He then left for Fasola Grammar School, near Oyo, in 1987 where he served for two years.
Mr. Ayokunle later spent three years (1989-1992) as a public administrator at the Federal Civil Service Commission.
In 1992, he followed his life calling: to work in God’s vineyard. He was Pastor, Estate Baptist Church, Oyo State, between 1992 and 1995.
He was moderator, Ibadan East Baptist Association, from 2000 to 2003. He was equally the Treasurer of Ibadan and Environs Ministers’ Fellowship during the same period.
While studying in the United Kingdom, he was health care assistant and support worker at various health institutions between 2003 and 2007. He was also co-pastor, Pentecost Baptist Church, Kensington, Liverpool, England within the same period.
While he was Pastor, Jubilee Life Baptist Church, Ibadan, he became President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention in 2011, a position he still holds.
He is also visitor to Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria. The University is owned by the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
He was elected President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.
Educational Institutions Attended with Dates
- Oniyanrin Baptist Central Day School. Iware Road, Oyo: 1966-1971
- L. A. Secondary Commercial Modern School, Durbar, Oyo. 1972
- Oranyan Grammar School, Soro Hill, Oyo. 1973-1977
- Olivet Baptist High School, Olivet Heights, Oyo. 1978-1980
- University of Ibadan, Ibadan: 1980-1983, 1986-1988, 1998-2000
- Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso: 1992-1995
- Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, England: 2003-2004
- University of Liverpool, Liverpool, England. 2004-2007
Educational Qualifications with Dates
- Primary School Leaving Certificate, 1971
- West African School Leaving Certificate, Ordinary Level, 1977
- Higher School Certificate or Advanced level GCE, 1979/80
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology, 1983
- Post Graduate Diploma in Education, 1988
- Master of Divinity in Theology, 1995
- Master of Education in Guidance and Counselling, 2000
- Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies, 2004
- Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (Liturgical Studies) (Ph.D), 2008
- Teaching at Baptist Secondary Grammar School, Ago Are, Oyo State. 1985-1987
- Teaching at Fasola Grammar School, near Oyo. 1987-1989
- Public Administration at the Federal Civil Service Commission, 1989-1992
- Pastor, Estate Baptist Church, Oyo, 1992-1995
- Moderator, Ibadan East Baptist Association, Ibadan. 2000-2003
- Treasurer, Ibadan & Environs Ministers’ Fellowship.
- Health Care Assistant & Support Worker at various health institutions in the United Kingdom, 2003-2007
- Co-Pastor, Pentecost Baptist Church, Kesington, Liverpool, England. 2003-2007
- Pastor, Jubilee Life Baptist Church, Olatunde Ojo Way, Basorun, Ibadan. 1995-2011 from where he was elevated to become the President, the Nigerian Baptist Convention.
- President & CEO, Nigerian Baptist Convention
& Visitor to Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria
- President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on 14 June, 2016.
- Fellow of Andrew Walls Centre for the Study of African Christianity,
Liverpool Hope University, England.
- National Vice-President, Christian Association of Nigeria
III. Member, Nominating Committee of the Baptist World Alliance
- Member, Executive Committee, Baptist World Alliance
- Chair, Evangelism Committee, Baptist World Alliance
- Member, Worship and Spirituality Committee, Baptist World Alliance
VII. Member, Membership Committee, Baptist World Alliance
VIII. Member, Nominating & Governance Committee, World Council of Churches, Geneva
- Member, Central Working Committee of the World Council of Churches (The highest decision making committee of the World Council.)
Published Works (Books)
- Major Keys to a Successful Christian marriage and the Family. Day Star Press, 1997
- Weapons for Winning your Battles. Ibadan: Baptist Press, 1998
- Fighting to Win. Glad Tidings Publishers, Ibadan: Glad Tidings Publishers, 1999
- ‘The Role of the Preacher in Minimizing the use of Religion for Violence’ in Ecclesiastes: The Preacher, the Church and the Contemporary Society ed. by Ademola Ishola and Deji Ayegboyin. Ibadan: Baptist Press, 2006
- Effective Christian Leadership in the 21st Century, ed. Ibadan: Baptist Press, 2010
- Building a Witnessing Family. Lagos: Dunamis Windows Resource, 2012
- ‘The Minister’s Family: A Glorious Example’ in The Minister and his Family (A Resource Book for The Life Builders’ Conference, 2009
- Church Communication and Conflict Management for Strategic Church Leaders, 2014
- Integrity: Key to Success in Leadership, 2015
Note: I have written several articles in the ‘Nigerian Baptist Magazine,’ the monthly publication of the Nigerian Baptist Convention