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Youth Pastor on the south-side of Chicago


Pastor James (PJ) was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa, and spent his adult life in Chattanooga, Tampa, Seattle, Chicago and Indianapolis. He earned his B.S. in Pastoral Studies from Tennessee Temple University in 2002, a Master of Ministry in 2005 from Northwest Baptist Seminary, and has served in Youth Ministry for two decades in North America and West Africa.

In 2012, he’s launched a national ministry through which he speaks nationally to middle school and high school students in Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, the Island of Dominica, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Washington.

In October of 2015, the Lord moved Pastor Owolabi to the southside of Chicago with the mission to reach and disciple 1000 teenagers in 5 years on the southside of through a strong partnership with Youth For Christ and. New Beginnings Church of Chicago. He leads four weekly events in Chicago reaching of over 150 students on the Southside of Chicago

You can often catch James enjoying deep conversations with his close friends about church leadership, attending conferences, traveling the world, Asian food, reading biographies, and watching documentaries.


Church Planting, Leadership Development, Customer Service, Leadership Articles, Indian food, Podcasts BOOKS!! Preaching in Alaska every year! Lemon Pepper, Good Books!!! Good Bible Teaching, Great Music,Preaching, Chinese Buffet, Shepherds Conference, Learning from great Leaders, Hanging out with my Father Solomon Owolabi, The Bible, Learning, Starbucks Soy Chai Tea, Preaching to Middle School Students, Middle School Ministry, Indianapolis, Walking, Chicago, Leadership Development, Youth Ministry, Good Books, Podcasts, Planet Fitness, Traveling and Family.