His Eminence Dr. Sunday Olatunji Makinde was born on the 10th of October, 1943 in the twin’s village of Ogunranti and Balogun Kure in Lagelu Local Government, Ibadan, Oyo State. His parents late Chief Allen Olatunji Makinde and late Alice Mopelola Makinde were devoted first generation of converted Christians. He attended Methodist Primary and Secondary Modern Schools at Age Igbo Elerin, Ibadan.
He taught as a pupil teacher and Catechist for five years before he got admission to Wesley College, Ibadan where he graduated in 1969. He taught for few years before he was called to the Ministry through the encouragement of Bishop Stephen Oyeyemi Olaoye, the Rev. Nathaniel Oduyebo Salako, the second President of Methodist Church Nigeria and Bishop Albert Olusola Orekoya, the first Bishop of Ibadan Diocese. He had his ministerial training at Immanuel College of Theology and Christian Education where he obtained his Diploma in Religious Studies, University of Ibadan and Diploma in Theology with distinctions. He served as Minister in Ikole Circuit, Ifaki Diocese and Yaba Circuit, Lagos Mainland Diocese before he gained admission to the University of Calabar for his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies, which he completed in 1979 with Second Class Upper Division.
He was posted to Olowogbowo Cathedral, Lagos Diocese. He was also a lecturer at the College of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos for two years. He later went to United Theological Seminary Minnesota, U. S. A. for his Doctor of Ministry Degree, which he completed in 1984. He was an Associate Pastor at United Methodist Church, Bloomington Twins City, Minnesota, U. S. A. He was elected as the Patriarch’s Chaplain and the second Bishop of Tinubu at Jesus College, Otukpo in 1984. He was consecrated Bishop on the 20th January, 1985. He served faithfully and loyally as the Chaplain of the Prelate Emeritus, His Eminence Sunday Mbang for nine (9) years.
His Eminence S. Ola. Makinde was translated to Abuja to establish the Diocese of Abuja in 1993. God Almighty blessed his work abundantly and mightily in Abuja. He was elevated an Archbishop when Abuja became an Archdiocese in 1998. He was able to complete the Cathedral, the Archbishop’s House, established two Nursery and Primary Schools, established many churches, acquired lands for Methodist Church Nigeria, and put Methodist Church Nigeria on the map of Federal Capital Territory within the nine years he stayed in Abuja. He was translated to Lagos as the Archbishop of Lagos in 2003. His achievements as the Archbishop of Lagos were enormous. In 2006 he was elected as the Prelate of Methodist Church Nigeria and was invested on November 12, 2006 at Trinity Methodist Church, Tinubu, Lagos with people from all walks of life at home and abroad in attendance.
His Eminence Makinde had held various positions and responsibilities in both the Church and the Nation as follows:
Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Abuja for five years
Chairman, Christian Pilgrims Board, Abuja for two years
Member, Presidential Panel on National Security set up by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo
A founding Member, Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC)
Member, Board of Governors and Chairman, Board of Governors of Mindolo Ecumenical Institute, Zambia for six years.
Member, National Executive Council of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN).
Member, National Action Committee on HIV/AIDS (NACA), which has taken him to Kenya, Gambia and Canada.
Former Chairman, Board of Governors, Methodist Theological Institute, Sagamu
Chairman, Board of Governors, Institute of Church & Society, Ibadan
Former Chairman, Christian Council of Nigeria Nursery & Primary School, Festac Town, Lagos.
Former member, Police Public Relations Committee, AMAC, Abuja.
He was appointed by the Federal Government to lead the Nigeria Christian Pilgrims to the Holy Land in the years 2000 and 2003 respectively.
He was awarded Grand Patron of Jerusalem (GPJ) in 2004 by the Israeli Government.
He represented Methodist Church Nigeria at the 250th Anniversary of the Conversion of John Wesley in 1986 at Aldersgate, London.
He was a delegate to the World Methodist Council at Brighton, England in 2001.
He represented Methodist Church Nigeria at the British Conference in England in 1998 and 2007.
He was appointed Chairman of the 2006 Christian Pilgrimage Technical Committee by the Federal Government.
He was re-elected Chairman, Pilgrimage Technical Committee for 2007 that ushered in the Christian Pilgrimage Commission.
He is a member of Ibadan Progressive Union (IPU)
He relocated the Headquarters of the Archdiocese of Lagos to Olowogbowo Cathedral, Lagos.
He established the Methodist Lagos Schools’ Management Board, which sees to the smooth running of the schools returned to Methodist Church Nigeria by the Lagos State Government.
Fellow of the Academy of Religion.
Member, Guild of Religious Consellors.
Member, West African Theologians.
He has been given several awards and medals by various Religious and
Cultural Associations in Nigeria.
He was elected Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria at the 2006 Conference at Uyo. Invested Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria on 12th November, 2006 at the Methodist Church of the Trinity, Tinubu – Lagos.
Chairman, Board of Trustees of Methodist Church Nigeria.
A Visitor to the Wesley University of Science & Technology, Ondo.
Awarded and decorated Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Alhaji Umar Musa Yar’Adua on December 22, 2008.
His Eminence Makinde is happily married to Mrs. Elizabeth Abimbola Makinde and blessed with children and grandchildren.
GRAND PATRON OF JERUSALEM(GPJ)
COMMANDER OF THE ORDER OF THE NIGER (CON)