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Who is Venerable Samuel Orimogunje the new Archdeacon of
By The Ven. Samuel Orimogunje
I have often wondered what it is that makes me who I am. Is it my personality, or my character? Is it the way that I dress? Is it the choice of my career? Is it the choice of my vocation? Or, maybe it is a combination of all these things, because I don't think that there is one description or label that can define me completely.
I like to think that for the most part, I am a pretty easy person to get along with. I am generally a positive person to be around and I try not to judge anyone for those choices that they make or the beliefs that they subscribe to. I just treat everyone with the same respect that I would like to be treated. However, this does not mean that I am a pushover. If you try to take advantage of me, you are very likely to see a completely different side of me!
My Journey to faith in Christ: I was born and raised from a good Christian home and by devoted Christian parents. Let me say, I grew up in the church in Nigeria. Even when I came to the United States of America in 1975, I continued to worship and served in the Episcopal Church. I served in various ministry of the church starting from singing in the choir, work as a treasurer, led Bible study group, and in other committee of the church.
While I was holding on to my secular job as a Program Analyst for New York City, Department of Homeless Services, my inner voice, deep within my heart, wondered if I'm called to ordained ministry. By following my inner voice, I attended the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, graduated in May 2010 and earned Master of Divinity (M.Div.), and ordained as presbyter in 2010.
My Family: I am blessed to be married to the love of my life, Deborah Olusola, who was born and raised by devoted Christian parents whose father was also a Priest in a Pentecostal Church. He died in 2011, (May his soul rest in perfect peace). She is a wife who understood the challenges of the ministry and how that challenges can disrupt and or perhaps destroy a ministry, however she did not allow that to happen she ensure that our focus in on Jesus Christ who strengthen us. We are blessed with a child who is now married.
It was the focus that led us to plant St. Stephen's Anglican Church in 2011, and through the grace of God we felt the need to buy a building where we can worship and conduct outreach ministries. The building is currently under renovation. Psalm 127:1 states, "Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build labor in vain". Prayer invites God to build His Church. An old saying has it that, "The Church is a hospital for sinners, not a rest home for saints." We are all that Jesus has to work with in building the Kingdom of Heaven.
My Vision For Ministry: Connect people to God and reach others. Equip people with the word of God and reach out locally and globally with God's love. United in service, sharing love and compassion to reach those far from God. To constantly look for what we can do for others and make a difference by our actions and our generosity. We expect that follower of Christ will reproduce the life-changing that happened in them into someone else.