Profile of Rev Dr Victor Oluwasegun Oyelowo (Church Pastor)

Victor Oluwasegun Oyelowo is a MelChlor (detailed, determined, efficient, introvert, perfectionist, strong leadership). He surrendered his life to Christ on Tuesday May 10, 1988, and has been a disciple of the Lord ever since. He had the experience of both spirit and water baptisms in June 1988 and October 1989 respectively.

Rev'd Dr. V. O. Oyelowo

He is an alumnus of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State where he bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Production & Health. He was at the Department of Agriculture, Rijau Local Government Council, Rijau, Niger State as National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, 1997/98. His meaningful contributions during the period earned him both the Niger State NYSC Honours Award and an automatic appointment into the State Civil Service. Thus, Bro Oluwasegun took up the permanent appointment and began a civil service career as an Animal Husbandry Officer at Niger State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

In clear response to God’s call to raise standards on full time scale, he resigned the appointment in August 1999. For his ministerial cum theological training, he attended the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomoso and Theological College of Northern Nigeria, Bukuru, Jos, where he holds Master of Divinity (Theology), Master of Theology (Old Testament), and Doctor of Ministry degrees. As a pastor-teacher, he has provided pastoral leadership for a number of Baptist churches including Ebenezer BC, Gwada, Minna, Niger State (2002-2007); Bethel BC, Port Harcourt, Rivers State (2007-2011); and First Baptist Church, Ota, Ogun State (2011-2019). He is the current Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church, Oke’lerin, Ogbomoso, Oyo State. As a writer and an author, his publications include The Extra Milers (Vol. 1) and More Than Enough. He speaks in camps and conferences. His areas of interest include Old Testament, Church Ministry, Leadership, Expository Preaching, Spiritual Gifts, and Hermeneutics. He has attended seminars and trainings to enhance his personal and leadership development. He is an alumnus of Daystar Leadership Academy, Lagos.

Dr Oyelowo is happily married to Mrs Oluwadara Abosede Oyelowo, SanPleg (happy, humorous, extroverted, and pro-family). She’s a physicist, teacher, and a certified teens minister. Both are parents of three children (a girl and two boys).
With growing interest in teens, youths and young adults, Dr Oyelowo is privileged to be the Visioner of Sharp Sledge Academy, a non-governmental, non-profit making, and non-religious organization, with two arms: Life Academy and Business Academy. Through this platform, he trains people via biblical insights for stand out living and leading. He also serves as the Principal Director of Nuaseed Shinning (Bethany NGO Productivity Outlet), Ota, a Social Exchange Market (SEM)-sponsored organization that provides grant to entrepreneurs in Ado Odo/Ota Local Government of Ogun State.

PREAMBLE TO MY PASTORATE

It's a great honour from the LORD for my family to be here at the First Baptist Church, Oke'lerin, Ogbomoso. I off my hat for all my fathers and mothers who had labored in this vine-yard since 1855. I celebrate the 11 American Missionary Pastors and the 11 Nigerian Pastors whose sacrifice the Lord has blessed. For me, they are worthy ambassadors of Christ. I must confess, their shoes are too big to wear.

I acknowledge and appreciate everyone who have been Part of the history of this church since inception. Tens of thousands (deacons, deaconesses, members, workers, staff) have heavily invested their talents, time, treasures in this assembly. Thousands of these heroes of faith and soldiers of the cross have laid down their swords and gone to rest. I sincerely appreciate all of you present here. Without you, FBC, Oke'lerin would have become history. Kudos!

Though I have a particular pattern of starting off at a new pastorate, the LORD wouldn't permit me to go that way. He has deeply impressed it on my heart to lead us to explore this question: Why did our paths cross? This is a huge task before us over the next few weeks.

Why Did Our Paths Cross?

There's no accident in this matter. God designed our paths to cross before the foundation of the earth. Beyond the excitements of the arrival of a new pastor, it's imperative for all of us to come to terms with the divine agenda that's gradually unfolding. I wouldn't want any of us to miss out at this very important juncture. This is a defining moment for us. It's a reference point for our relationship as both pastor and the church.

The question, why did our paths cross, is a matter of purpose. Beloved, there's a clear-cut purpose for this strategic moment. Dr Myles Munroe of blessed memory famously made this statement, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.” I like to say that the greatest error a church can commit when she has a new pastor is to be ignorant of God's intent for bring both the new pastor and the church together. And vice versa.

Dear, First Baptist Church, Oke'lerin, I plead with you to start with a correct understanding of the reason the LORD brought us together at this strategic time. Simon Sinek, the author of Start with Why, opines that the difference between great and average organizations is that the former start with why. I believe that our next level greatness would kick start with a thorough acknowledgment and appreciation of God's purpose for connecting First Baptist Church, Oke'lerin with the Oyelowos.

Revd Dr. V. O. Oyelowo
Pastor, First Baptist Church Okelerin