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Pastor Michael Olaniyan

Pastor Michael Olaniyan is the lead pastor of King’s Court Parish, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Cincinnati. Ohio. Pastor Michael’s favorites verses are Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.” And Matthew 19:26b says, …with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”. These are summary of life and ministry of Pastor Michael Olaniyan who believes God can do anything and raise any man from the bottomless pit and sit him with kings and princesses.

He is the third of four children of late Mr. Sunday Olaniyan and Mrs. Sarah Olaniyan. He lost his father on May 6, 1985, while still in grade 4 (Primary 4), and life turned sour after that experience for him, He was raised by his prayerful and determined mother, who believed she would rather be left with one cloth, than for her children not to go to school. Pastor Michael Olaniyan’s journey of faith began when he accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of his soul after watching a movie about the second coming of Jesus Christ on January 2, 1991.

Pastor Michael Olaniyan hopes of becoming a medical doctor (His Mother’s dream) was gone when his mum died on August 8, 1997, after suffering from cancer. His mother called him the early morning of the said day along with his two sisters at their home. She held Pastor Michael Olaniyan’s hand and began to prophesy to his and siblings’ future. And finally said, “I’m going home.” She died after a few minutes later while still holding on to his hand. A scene Pastor Michael Olaniyan would never forget.

Pastor Michael Olaniyan became fired up in his faith and develop a quest to know God deeper on a personal basis. He was baptized in the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongue May 1995. He struggled to sponsor himself in school with little help from elder sister by working in building projects, farming, flour mill, and printing business.

He has served as manager of TEE-DEE petroleum company Nigeria, but wanted something more, and decided to further his studies. He became a leader in the Fellowship of Christian student, where he served as X-ray Drama secretary, Drama coordinator, Bible Study teacher, and Bible Study Secretary. He was the captain of his class for three years until he graduated.

Pastor Michael Olaniyan joined RCCG Excellent center parish in 2001 through his elder brother, Samuel Olaniyan. Who is also a pastor in RCCG now in Australia.

Pastor Michael Olaniyan has an Associate degree in Biology/Chemistry and B.Sc.(Ed) Chemistry. God started speaking to him about calling into ministry but was not willing to obey due to poor background and passion to be an educationist. He volunteered his compulsory one-year youth service to Nigeria Christian Corper Fellowship, where he served as State Bible Study secretary and Drama Director. He moved from one rural rugged (evangelism), city to city preaching gospel and saving soul for Christ. This experience boosted his faith, seeing God at work in peoples live.
He also served as the president of HIV/AIDS Initiative.

Pastor Michael Olaniyan graduated Theology in The Redeemer Bible College in 2007 and was ordained to preach and minister in RCCG in 2008. He has since served as an associate pastor in RCCG in two parishes.

He got married to the wife of his youth, Pastor Bunmi Olaniyan on December 12, 2009. They both relocated to the United State of America by God’s mighty hand through a Visa lottery. But little did He know that the gift and calling of God is without repentance. God has something else in mind, for God never does a thing without a reason.

God started speaking to him through revelation, dreams, and open vision about his intention for ordering their steps to Cincinnati. He went back to school to study Computer Networking. He volunteered and pastor RCCG Dominion center Dayton, until God told him to “come back to Cincinnati and raise me a people – KINGODM’S AMBASSADOR”.

Pastor Michael Olaniyan finally say yes to God, and he gave him the name of the church KING’S COURT, The Redeemed Christian Church of God, and backed by 1 Peter 2:9 and Revelation 1:6.

The church started like a Mustard seed with five adults and two children on December 12, 2012. The church has grown to about 130 average attendance with many testimonies of transformed lives, miracles, breakthroughs, and many outstanding results. The church is passionate about leadership and continues to raise more workers, leaders, and ministers. It has about 45 workforce in the ministry.

He is a graduate of RCCG School of Disciple, and a parish coordinator for 2014/2015. 

Pastor Michael Olaniyan is also a graduate of Redeemer Leadership Institutes USA, where he studied “Church Administration; Strategic Leadership and System Thinking; Church financial planning, control, and management, 2013. Pastor Michael Olaniyan and His wife are blessed with three Royal children, Faith, Joshua, and Caleb. Both parents are serving the Lord at King’s Court RCCG.

He is a seasoned pastor, with dynamic gifting as under Shepherd and Teacher of God’s word. He also serves as Board Chairman of King’s Court RCCG. He is anointed with Holy Spirit and Power, healing the oppressed and going about doing good.


Pastor Bunmi is the Pastor’s wife, Personal Assistant to the Pastor and the Director of Children and Women Ministries. She combines her role as the wife of the Pastor with her ministry to the Children, Teenagers, and women. She is very passionate about Children and family. She devoted and her ministries are continually followed by several testimonies.

Pastor Bunmi’s love for Women’s Ministry was born out of personal experiences. She was the firstborn of 4 siblings of whom 3 are girls. She understands what it means to have children while in schools, ministry, and changing careers and jobs to support the family. She is a strong supporter of her husband as they both labor in God’s kingdom.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in social study, and a Registered Nurse. Pastor Bunmi is a graduate of the School of Disciples of the Christ the Redeemers Ministry, she has a certificate with Redeemer Leadership Institute USA and currently working on her PGD in Theology from the Redeemed Christian Bible College North America.