Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko was born in Nigeria. He attended an SIM established mission school where he came to faith in Christ. He obtained a Bachelor of Medical Sciences in Pharmacology from the University of Port Harcourt and MBBS in Medicine and Surgery from the same University. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians and consultant in Family Medicine. He has a Master of Arts in Leadership and Management (Organizational Leadership) from Briercrest Biblical Seminary in Saskatchewan, Canada; as well as a Certificate in French for Non-French Speakers from Laval University in Quebec, Canada.
He was a leader in the evangelical student movement, the Nigeria Fellowship of Evangelical Students throughout his University days and was the National President of the Nigeria Christian Corpers Fellowship during his service year. He felt the Lord’s call to missions in the University and committed his heart to serve the Lord cross-culturally.
Joshua married Dr Joanna Bogunjoko in November 1993. After his residency at Evangel (Now Bingham University Teaching Hospital) Jos, they began their ministry as medical missionaries with EMS of ECWA and SIM at SIM Hospital, Galmi in Niger Republic in 1995.
After further studies in Canada, they returned to Galmi. Joshua took on leadership as Chief Medical Officer and then Director of the hospital. In 2006 he was appointed SIM Deputy International Director for Europe and West Africa. In June 2013 he became the first non-westerner to lead SIM as its International Director.
Joshua and Joanna are blessed with two children, Jochebed and Joel.
Oscar Muriu is the Senior Pastor of Nairobi Chapel in Kenya. He is a graduate of the University of Delhi, India, in B.Sc.(Zoology) and the African International University (M.Div. Biblical Studies).
He presently pastors a congregation in Nairobi and leads a church planting movement of 90 churches, the bulk of which are in Kenya; but others around Africa include Rwanda, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, Liberia, and Ethiopia. The mission of these churches is to “Grow D.E.E.P. to reach W.I.D.E.”
Oscar has a 3-fold passion. First is to raise up a legacy of leaders for the next generation. A personal conviction draws from Matthew 9:37 “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” He therefore feels that his primary calling in life is to raise up leaders, especially African leaders, for the work of Christ worldwide.
A second passion is to aggressively plant churches that plant churches. His present target is to plant 300 churches by 2020; with 210 of them in Kenya; 60 in the rest of Africa (one in each capital city of Africa); and 30 off the continent of Africa in the gateway cities of the world (London, Delhi, Sydney, Hong Kong, Chicago and others).
A third passion is to stand alongside those in need in the battle of endemic poverty in Africa, as is driven by poor governance, corruption and the abuse of human rights. The Nairobi Chapel is therefore involved in many poverty intervention programs.
He is married to Beatrice, who serves alongside him at the church in the Children’s ministry. Together they have 4 daughters.
In January 2009, God led Nigel Paul, 35, to found MoveIn, a vision “to see thousands of regular people prayerfully moving in among the unreached, urban poor globally.”
Today, MoveIn is comprised of 64 teams in nine countries around the world. In addition to speaking and ministering globally, Nigel and his wife Jessie, 27, give leadership to a church plant they co-founded in their Muslim-majority neighbourhood in east Toronto. Jessie also works as a cardiology nurse, and Nigel is involved in several “business as mission” initiatives.
Together, Nigel and Jessie are passionate about prayer, discipleship, and helping others pour out their lives for the glory of God.