Yemi collaborates for the health, growth and prosperity of his beloved city of Colorado Springs. He focuses his efforts through ministry, leadership development, economic development, community development and place-making entrepreneurship.
Yemi, a Nigerian immigrant, co-founded with his business partner the Wild Goose Meeting House and Good Neighbors Meeting House, two specialty cafés in the downtown area. He co-founded Niche Coaching and Consulting and has established a church. He was the pastor of City Outreach and Engagement at First Presbyterian Church Colorado Springs. In his current role as VP of Business Retention and Expansion for the Colorado Springs Chamber & Economic Development Corporation, he works to promote the continued growth of jobs with many existing employers. In addition, he serves as Executive Chairperson for COS I Love You/CityServe, a city-gospel movement aimed at uniting and igniting the churches of Colorado Springs to tangibly love their city.
Yemi holds a Master’s and seminary degree and is a strong advocate for the Shalom of God in his city. He serves on community boards and is a member of the esteemed Colorado Springs Leadership Institute. He was recognized as one of the Colorado Springs Business Journal’s 2016 Rising Stars, received the Colorado Springs 2015 Mayor’s Young Leader Award for Economic Impact, and awarded the 2016 alumnus of the year from his alma mater, Bethel College. Above all, his greatest achievement is his family. He and his wife Abbey, an ICU nurse, have two kids: an adopted son from Ethiopia and a biological daughter.
Living Hope for the Cities
Cities are growing at an exponential rate and if you aren’t already living in a city, a city may be coming to you. More people living in cities means increased opportunity to proclaim and demonstrate the hope of Jesus. Indeed, the gospel is most primed in the city, especially when God’s people work together. The collaborative ministry of the disciples of Jesus in the ancient city of Antioch, the third largest city of the Roman Empire, earned them the nickname “Christians.”
Hope remains strong on the list of human needs. Our hope is not material or fleeting, the hope we carry has a name, is alive and has come to give super-abundant life. What will history say about the Navigators of Canada and their ministry as hope agents to the cities God has sent them to?
Panel - What is the Spirit Saying to Us?