GFA 2019 –
Gary Maxey – Founder, WATS
Dr Gary S. Maxey is known primarily for the founding of two theological institutions in Nigeria: Calvary College of Theology in Port Harcourt, where he served from 1982 to 1989 and West Africa Theological Seminary (formerly Wesley International Theological Seminary) in Owerri and Lagos where he has served from 1989 to date.
Gary’s pioneering work has since grown WATS into the largest nondemoninational seminary in West Africa, with pastors in training from more than 100 denominations. Dr Maxey is also the founder of New Beginnings International Church, ministering to expatriates from more than twenty five countries around the world.
He and his wife of fifty years, Emma Lou, have lived in Nigeria since 1982, focusing primarily on the training of leadership for the African Church.
Dr. Mike Oye – GFA 2019, Speaker
Dr. Mike Oye was born in Ghana of Nigerian parents and came to Nigeria and enrolled at the University of Ibadan in 1962 shortly after his new birth. He soon rose to prominence in student Christian leadership and became a driving force behind the earliest phases of the Civil War Revival that eventually reverberated throughout the country.
That revival moved from universities in the west to Scripture Union camps in the east and Mike Oye was in the forefront. He became the first Nigerian traveling secretary for the Scripture Union, moving into many scores of secondary schools and universities with the liberating news of new life in Christ.
In 2019 Dr. Oye celebrates his 80th birthday and has not yet slowed down in his highly successful preaching and teaching ministry across denominational boundaries, both inside and outside of Nigeria.
Michael L. Brown – GFA 2019, Speaker
Michael L. Brown holds a Ph.D in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from New York University and has held various positions within academia. In the past, he has served in visiting or adjunct positions at several seminaries.
He served as adjunct professor of the Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and adjunct professor of Jewish apologetics at Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. He is also currently the president of practical theology, at the Fellowship for International Revival and Evangelism School of Ministry, where he currently serves as a professor.
In 2001 he started the FIRE School of Ministry, a Christian leadership training institute that is heavily influenced by the Brownsville Revival, a Christian Pentecostal revival Movement that began on June 18, 1995, at the Brownsville Assembly of God church in Pensacola, Florida. Though known for his strong stance against homosexuality and thus labelled as a radical right activist, he has said that gays should be treated with respect and dignity.
Prof John Brown Okwii – Provost, WATS
Prof John Brown Okwii PhD, is an international scholar of no mean repute. He has authored several articles in both local and international reputable journals. He has authored and co-authored books with reputable scholars and administrators.
He is a full tenured Professor of Theology, Conflict Management & Peace Studies and Systems. He has deep background and knowledge of Catholic, Evangelical and Pentecostal faiths and studies. He is a well traveled scholar and a Global Citizen. He went to the best universities and seminaries in Uganda, Nigeria and USA. He has held a number of academic and administrative positions in Higher Institutions.
He was the former Provost/Rector/President of LAWNA Theological Seminary (LATS) Jos. He is a Senior Researcher, Nigeria Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Centre, Dept of Religious Studies, University of Jos, Nigeria. He is currently the Provost of West Africa Theological Seminary
Dr. Tosin Awolalu – Director, Glorious Freedom Assembly
Dr Tosin Awolalu directs the Glorious Freedom Assembly, an annual holiness and revival conference of the West Africa Theological Seminary (WATS) and doubles as Director of WATS Publications.
Deeply passionate about issues of ethical governance and underdevelopment of Lesser Developed countries of Africa and Asia, an Alumnus of the Haggai Institute for Advanced Leadership Training, Singapore, Fellow, Institute of Entrepreneurs of Nigeria and a bi-vocational senior pastor of The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Dr Awolalu holds the following degrees: B.A., M.A. (English), M.C.A. (Communication Arts), PGD in Theology and a PhD in Communication & Language Arts and has about four decades of professional experience in teaching, educational publishing and instructional resources development and senior management responsibility in university administration and international non-governmental organizations, thus blending a successful publishing career with his Christian missionary calling.