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Pastor Owolabi has served in Youth Ministry for over two decades in North America and West Africa, in camps, schools and local churches. Pastor James Owolabi serves Jesus Christ in Chicago, IL as the Southside City Life Director at Youth for Christ, Teaching Pastor at North Side Gospel Center, and Assistant Director of Slingshots -- an after school center on the Northside of Chicago. James is a second-generation ordained minister who is passionate and always excited about teaching the Bible with clarity, simplicity, and depth.

Pastor James Owolabi was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa, and has spent most of his adult life in the U.S.A., specifically Chattanooga, Tampa, Seattle, Chicago, and Indianapolis. He has earned several degrees and credentials, including:
B.S. in Pastoral Studies: Tennessee Temple University, 2001;
Masters of Ministry: Northwest Baptist Seminary, 2005;
Ordination: Conservative Baptist of America, North Mason Bible Church, 2005.

In 2012, Pastor James 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, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington, and the Island of Dominica.

In October of 2015, the Lord moved Pastor Owolabi to the southside of Chicago with the mission to reach and disciple 100 teenagers in 5 years. Today, he leads weekly campus and off campus faith-driven events in Chicago, consisting of over 100 students.

Pastor Owolabi interests include deep conversations with his close friends about church leadership, attending conferences, traveling the world, eating Asian food, reading non-fiction books, listening to a podcasts 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.