Rt. Rev. M.O Akinwale Secretary of Conference

Rt. Rev. M.O Akinwale Secretary of Conference

Secretary of Conference, Methodist Church Nigeria


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Bishop Michael Olusegun Akinwale was born in Lagos on the 8th day of December, 1963 to Mr. and Mrs. Akinwale. His father is from Efon-Alaye in Ekiti State. His father was a Pharmacist and a senior Society Steward of Methodist Church Warri. He was one of the leading Pharmacists in the Western region. His mother is an indigene of Lagos State from Oluwa ruling family in Lagos.

He started his Primary education in Warri now in Delta State in 1976, there was a change in his fortune when his father died and the family had to move down to Lagos. He proceeded to Trinity Secondary School and later moved to Dr. Lucas Memorial Secondary School where he finally completed his Secondary education.

While in Secondary School, he was the senior Prefect of his School. He represented his school in the Lagos State School Debate Competition. He won the Lagos State Debate Competition and was given a scholarship by the Ojo branch of the Rotary Club. In September, 1980, he proceed to the Imo State School for Business Administration an affiliate of Imo State University where he studied Administration at the end of which he joined the Methodist Ministry, as a Cadet Minister. After a year as a Cadet Minister, he was admitted to the National Institute of Moral and Religious Education. He graduated with Upper Credit in Religious Education and Social Studies. At the expiration of his NCE Programme, he was admitted into the Methodist Theological Institute, Sagamu for His Ministerial training. For three consecutive years, he came first in all the courses and he led the class. He graduated with distinction in eleven subjects and was declared the best student of the year.

As a result of his zeal and love for education, he proceeded to the University of Lagos where he studied Literacy Education; he graduated with Second Class Upper Division which was on the best results in the entire Faculty. He was given a Scholarship by the University of Lagos for Post-Graduate Study. He won the Vice Chancellor’s Award as the Best Academic Student for the Faculty of Education. He completed his Masters Degree in Education with flying colours.

While in the University of Lagos, he was the President of Methodist Student Association, Akoka Chapter and a member of the Nigeria Association of Professional Educators, University of Lagos Chapter. He has authored some books and presented some papers at various Seminars which include:

1. Penetrating into stronghold through the power of prayer
2. Marketing the Nigeria Tertiary Institution
3. Methodology of Prophetic Ministration
4. Methodist Church Nigeria – The millennium Challenges
5. Concretization : A motivational Strategy for Spiritual Development
6. Twenty one reasons why you must pray and a collection of Inspirational prayer
7. Preaching Ministry: A channel for spiritual rejuvenation
8. Principles of Effective Church Growth

In September 2007, because of his resolute determination for continuous development, he travelled to East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya where he attended Management Course for Senior Church Administration/Executive in CORAT Africa.

Church Experience
He was a Cadet Minister at Williams Memorial Methodist Church, Ago-Ijaye from December 1984 to June 1985.

During this period, he was in charge of Methodist Church Amukoko and Methodist Church Ajegunle. He also worked briefly at Methodist Church, Festac with Late Very Rev. Duncan Oluokon.

In June 1985, he was transferred to Hoare’s Memorial Methodist Cathedral, Yaba. He was later posted to head Bashua Section, under Yaba Circuit which comprises Methodist Church Bashua, Abule-Ijesha and Methodist Church Abuke-Oja. In October 1992, he was transferred to Otta Section which comprises six Churches including Zion Methodist Church Otta, Trinity Church Sango, Methodist Church Ijaiye, Ore-Akinde, Ipetu, Baba Ode and Oko-Omi Methodist Churches. He was in charge of this Section for three years as the only Minister for these Churches.

In October 1995, he was transferred to Ikorodu Road Circuit which comprises of Ikorodu Road and Methodist Church Alapere. Between March 1996 and February 1998, he established Preaching Stations at Ademola Street, Ikoyi and Ilaje Bariga. He was preferred Presbyter in 1995 by the Conference of Methodist Church Nigeria. In 1999, he was transferred to Araromi Circuit Ikoyi Lagos where he worked for two years until his transfer to Wesley Cathedral Kaduna.

As a Presbyter of Wesley Cathedral Kaduna, he served as the Synod Secretary of the Diocese and also as the Archdiocesan Secretary.

He was the Immediate Past Chairman, Board for Education of Methodist Church Nigeria.

He is an Evangelist to the core; a public Motivational Speaker; a seasoned Educationist; a seasoned Administration. He has an outstanding passion for the Kingdom. He believes in internalized spirituality which is the strength of a verile Church.

He strongly believe in the philosophical dogma which states that leadership is a component of character and strategy and if you must do away with one do away with strategy and not character. This has trailed his style of administration within the last two and half decade of his administration as a Minister.

He is diligent, tireless and fearless Preacher who believes in the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

At the Methodist Conference of 2004, he was elected the third (3rd) Bishop of Badagry while in Badagry as the third Bishop, he laboured assiduously with proven testimony of outstanding result to the glory of God, he was translated to the Diocese of Agodi at the Methodist Conference held in Ilesa in August 2008 and later in 2013, he was translated to the Diocese of Remo. He is currently the Secretary of Conference, Methodist Church Nigeria

Ecumenical Position held
• He is a very strong member and one of the founding fathers of Non-indigenous Christian Network Leaders Forum Kaduna.
• He was a Spiritual Adviser to the Forum of Yoruba Christian and Ministers of God Prayer Group, Kaduna.
• He was an active member of the Kaduna State Muslim and Christian Inter-Faith Dialogue Forum.
• He was the General Secretary for the Nineteen (19) Northern States of the Christian Council of Nigeria and
• He was the Immediate Past Chairman, Christian Council of Nigeria, Ogun State
• He was awarded a doctoral degree by the Bradel University USA

In April 2007, through the help of His Eminence, Dr. Sunday Ola. Makinde, Prelate Emeritus, Methodist Church Nigeria, he travelled to Jerusalem for Pilgrimage.

Family Life
He is happily married to a peaceful and lovely woman, Mrs. Mopelola Oluwatoyin Akinwale, an Educationist and they are blessed with three children: Olaoluwapo, Abisolaoluwa and Oluwagbeminiyi Akintomide.