An Excerpt of Achievements
The Rev. Dr. Simon Kehinde Osunlana was born and raised in Ibadan
Oyo State, Nigeria. Married to Temitope
and are both blessed with three children:
Emmanuel, Mary and Esther. Though born and raised a Methodist, Rev.
Osunlana gave his life to Christ during the Christmas season of 1985. Since
then, he has been in the preaching business.
Rev. Osunlana takes education very seriously knowing that the road
to true freedom is education. He has a diploma in Theology from Immanuel
College of Theology and Christian Education from Ibadan, Nigeria; Bachelor of
Arts degree from the University of Ibadan; Master of Arts degree from the University
of Ibadan; Master of Divinity degree from Wake Forest University,
Winston-Salem, NC; five units of Clinical Pastoral Education; and a Doctorate
of Divinity from Drew University in New Jersey.
Rev. Osunlana has written several scholarly articles, research
papers and published a book.
Rev. Osunlana was ordained an Elder in the Nigerian Conference in
1993. He has served numerous pastoral appointments in Nigeria. He served as
Senior Pastor of Immanuel College Chapel, an interdenominational congregation.
Rev. Osunlana served as the Director of Evangelism for Ibadan Conference
(Diocese) of Methodist Church Nigeria. Rev. Osunlana served as the Bible Study
Coordinator for the National Methodist Evangelical Movement in Nigeria. He
served as an Evangelist for the conference and as such he has preached and
taught in several revival services attracting several thousands of people,
retreats, seminars and in several churches all across Nigeria. He witnessed
several hundreds of people responding to the gospel and surrendering their
lives to Jesus Christ. Rev. Simon Osunlana was also a professor at Immanuel
College of Theology before he decided to travel to the United States of
Since Rev. Osunlana came to the United States, he has preached in
several churches: The Assembly of God Church, Baptist Churches, Presbyterian
Churches, and several United Methodist Churches. Rev. Osunlana was Chaplain at
the Florida Orlando Regional Medical Center and Staff Chaplain at Vitas
Innovative Hospice Care in Orlando, Florida, before he was appointed by Bishop
Timothy Whitaker as Senior Pastor of St. John United Methodist Church, in Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida. In addition to being the senior pastor of St. John United
Methodist Church, Rev. Osunlana also serves as the Cluster Leader of eight
United Methodist Churches. He was former president of the African Christian
Ecumenical Ministerial Fellowship of Broward County, Inc., and former president
of Broward Organized Leaders Doing Justice (BOLD Justice) - a Countywide ecumenical
Open hearts, Open minds, Open doors.
The people of the United Methodist Churches.
The Reverend Dr. Simon Osunlana