Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. Simon Osunlana, Senior Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Simon Osunlana, was born and raised in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Married to Temitope and are both blessed with three children. Simon has several educational achievements: Diploma in Theology from Immanuel College of Theology and Christian Education, Ibadan. Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ibadan, Master of Arts from University of Ibadan, Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. He obtained five units of Clinical Pastoral Education from Adventist Health Pastoral Care Department, and a Doctorate degree from Drew University in Madison New Jersey. Dr. Osunlana has written several scholarly articles, Research papers and published a book.

Osunlana was ordained Elder in Methodist Church Nigeria Conference in 1993. And later transferred his ordination to The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served numerous pastoral appointments in Nigeria. Shortly before immigrating to the USA, He was the senior Pastor of Immanuel College Chapel, an interdenominational congregation. He also served as the Director of Evangelism for Ibadan Diocese of Methodist Church Nigeria. Rev. Osunlana was 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. Rev. Dr. Simon Osunlana was also a professor at Immanuel College of Theology.

He was Chaplain at Adventist Health, Orlando Regional Medical Center and Staff Chaplain at Vitas Innovative Hospice Care in Orlando. In 2005, Bishop Whitaker appointed him to St. John, Fort Lauderdale as Senior Pastor. In addition to being the senior pastor of St. John, Rev. Osunlana also serves as the cluster leader for eight United Methodist Churches. He served in the past as president of African Christian Ecumenical Ministerial fellowship of Broward County, Inc. and a co-president of Broward Organized Leaders Doing Justice (BOLD Justice) – a County wide ecumenical justice ministry. He is one of the Spiritual Directors for the Oceanside Emmaus Community. He is serving in numerous District and Conference Committees.

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