Wale and Emma met in Cairo, Egypt in 2005 where they both served at Maadi Community Church in the roles of worship leader and pastoral assistant respectively. They married the following year and later relocated to Emma’s native Yorkshire to raise their children, Daniel and Carys.
From August 2007 until December 2011, Wale and Emma worshipped at El Shaddai International Christian Centre in Bradford where they were strengthened and encouraged under the ministry of Pastors Mark and Hannah Pease and released to serve in a variety of capacities.
The decision to plant a new church was birthed in the latter months of 2011, though the seed had been conceived by Wale some 15 years earlier whilst a student in his homeland of Nigeria. He followed this ‘call’ with a diploma in theology and service as Youth Pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Graceland Parish in Lagos.
Later in Egypt, at Maadi Community Church, both Wale and Emma were imparted with Pastor Dave Petrescue’s vision of equipping lay leaders on short-term stays to send them home, fired up with the gospel and the wherewithal to lead small groups and even establish churches. They both received extensive mentoring from MCC’s Cell Group Director, Pastor Bill Joukhadar, and whilst serving as cell group leaders, trained and coached others to do the same.
Wale and Emma are totally motivated to play their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. Between them, they have a broad experience and knowledge of various Christian denominations and they are passionate about leading people of all backgrounds into a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Wale is a qualified psychotherapist and treats private clients alongside his work with Anxiety UK and Greatvine. In his free time he loves to play football and spend time with his family. Emma is a secondary school English teacher. She is passionate about music and languages and loves to meet people from other cultures.