Dr. Joseph Akinyele was born to his Anglican parents in Nigeria. His dramatic experience of finding Jesus outside of the church began his life long search for what church really was. This search led him to joining a newly planted charismatic church. He was later lead by God in a night-vision to a seminary in Nigeria, an affiliate of Honolulu University, USA and was ordained and licensed into ministry after his graduation with a Diploma in Theology. After his studies from this seminary, he served in various capacities for 15 years with this charismatic church.
Joseph grew so fast that he rose from just a new member to being the keyboardist, the Worship team leader and then to becoming a Pastor and member of the Pastoral team of this then small church that has now grown to over a 5000 member church that planted over 11 daughter churches in the same city.
Joseph has experiences ranging from being a Worship leader/Music Director, Youth Pastor, Music Pastor, Studio Technician, presenter of the weekly Radio program, the sound man on the church´s Weekly TV program, broadcasted to over 60 million viewers.
Pastor Joseph founded, was member and in leadership of several organizations including Adonai Orphanage Kaduna, Youth For Peace, Kaduna, an NGO with the aim of reaching youths with the gospel of PEACE instead of revenge. Their primary reach was to Christian youths affected by the various ethno-religious crisis that engulfed Nigeria in the recent years. He was later invited on board the internationally acclaimed Interfaith Mediation Center of the Muslim Christian Dialogue Forum (MCDF) based in Kaduna Nigeria until he relocated to Europe where he then founded the International Worship Mission e.V Berlin Germany, a ministry he planted in 2006. He has also founded the Initiative for Change and Transformation located in Kaduna Nigeria, an organization aimed at training young minded Nigerians in Personal Transformation so as to bring that transformation to bear on their communities.
This call to establishing the Kingdom Culture in the nations took Rev. Joseph to various continents, nations, tribes and tongues. Among the nations are Germany, Poland, United Kingdom, Canada, Ukraine, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, United States, Czech, Slovakia, India, Ireland to name just a few and has established Kingdom Culture Norway and planted Tønsberg International Church in Norway where he is permanently resident and serves as his International head office. He is also the president & founder of Joseph Akinyele Ministries which unbrellas Yoshadel Records and Yoshadel Studios! Recently due to the need and passion for humanity, he has also founded Change And Transformation International CATI, reaching out to Orphanages and the needy in both rural and urban communities.
Some of the visible gifts in Pastor Joseph´s ministry and areas the Lord is using him are in the Teaching, healing, Prophetic, Evangelistic, and Worship. Word of Knowledge and discernment of Spirit are assets in his ministry too. In his pursuit to spreading the Kingdom Culture, he was invited to be a staff at the Smyrna Bible Institute Norway, where he served as a lecturer and mentor for 6 years.
Dr. Joseph is married to Pastor Esther Akinyele. Pastor Esther is a strong pillar to Pastor Joseph due to the call of God upon her life and her maturity in the Lord. She currently holds a Masters Degree in Christian Psychology and a Diploma in Children & Youth work. They both have 2 children Sarah and Timi as he is fondly called. They all live in Norway.
Pastor Joseph has a Diploma in Theology, a Bachelors of Art in Leadership and Administration, Masters Degree in Missiology and Church Growth and a PhD in Missiology and Church Growth. He also has several diplomas, certificates and trainings from various institutions in Nigeria, USA, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark and Norway in the fields of, Theology, Nonviolence in the Context of War, Conflict management and Mediation, Training for Social Action Trainers, Trauma Counseling, Christian TV, Radio production and Editing, Electronic Media, Data processing, Community Policing, Norwegian Language etc…
Travels: Dr. Akinyele is widely traveled, both locally and internationally.
Hobbies! He loves teaching, preaching, mentoring, playing the piano, leading worship, traveling, meeting people, making pictures/videos, and helping others.