14 September 2015
Get to know the OPC: Yemi Adedeji
At the Evangelical Alliance we are passionate about unity, and we believe we cannot be truly united unless we represent the UK Church in all its vibrancy. That's why we started the One People Commission – a body of key national leaders committed to celebrating ethnicity while promoting unity. Over the next few weeks we’re going to introduce you to some of the Commission’s members.
Rev Yemi Adedeji, director of the One People Commission
Who is/are your role models in the church?
I don’t have one particular role model. Different people have shaped my life and ministry at different times. Pastor Douglas Goodman helped shaped me in ministry. Tunde Joda’s messages helped shaped my foundation in Christianity and Pastor Agu Irukwu has influenced me on friendship and relationship and morals in ministry.
When did you realise you wanted to become a church leader?
I found myself in [leadership] as part of a journey of life. Once I discovered myself in it, God helped me to settle and grow and I still keep growing.
How did you get into ministry?
At different points I’ve found myself doing different things and different roles in ministry. I understand that life is about season and times and I found myself doing one thing at one time in a particular season different to what I’ve done before or what I’m doing now. Hence, I started out as a Pentecostal pastor, became an ordained Anglican priest and now I’m a bridge across denominations.
What is your favourite part of being a church leader?
Relationship! Relationship! Relationship! Building relationships.
What advice can you give to young leaders going into ministry?
Be clear about purpose: God’s purpose for your life. Grow and develop your God gifts and represent Christ. Replicate Him and reproduce Him wherever you go. Above all, let humility be your guide.
Tell us a bit about your church.
My ministry cuts across the Anglican Church as an ordained Anglican priest and as a member of the pastoral leadership team at Jesus House London the Pentecostal church in the United Kingdom. The Anglican Church where I serve is St John the Evangelist in London as a member of the chaplaincy team that pulls together the Nigerian Anglican in the diaspora in fellowship with local Anglicans within the community. At Jesus House, a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, I serve as part of the pastoral leadership team, where I assist in the ecumenical engagements and in relationship building between the RCCG network, other denominations and charities in the UK.
Why did you become a part of the One People Commission?
My passion is in churches working together in unity for the advancement of the gospel and transformation of the community and I was privileged to be asked to serve in shaping the vision and the strategy that will grow different ethnic churches and leaders in the UK into a mission of unity without losing their distinctiveness.
What has your experience been since joining the One People Commission?
I’ve seen authentic fellowship and relation between leaders of ethnic minority churches over the same agenda for a common purpose.
If you were to ask God for one question, what would it be?
Why do Christians struggle with sin despite being born again?
If God gave you one power in the world, what would it be?
Power to see salvation across all spheres of life
What is your favourite Bible verse?
“The spirit of the Lord God is upon me and He has anointed me to preach the good news.” Luke 4:18
We've produced an inspiring video featuring members of our One People Commission talking about the importance of unity and working together. Watch it here.