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General Presbyter: Africa

James Kolawole

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Bishop James Kolawole was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and joined the Church of God of Prophecy in 1986. He was ordained a bishop in the year 2000 and was appointed national bishop of Nigeria that same year.

Bishop Kolawole has also served the COGOP in Africa as a regional bishop, the national bishop of Ghana, a member of the Africa Finance and Administrative Committee, interim national bishop of eSwatini, South Africa, Namibia, and Lesotho (with Bishop Nathaniel Botha), and the coordinator for the West African English-speaking countries.

On the international level, Bishop Kolawole has served under appointment as a member of the General Presbyter Review Board and the Biblical Doctrine and Polity committee since 2010. He was appointed Administrative Assistant for Africa in 2021, serving under the direction of the international presiding bishop. In 2022, he was selected by the International Presbytery and the International Assembly in a one-accord agreement as the general presbyter to Africa.

Bishop Kolawole has degrees in theology and business administration. He obtained his education at St. Augustine College, Nigeria; Federal Polytechnic, Ekiti State; and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

Bishop Kolawole is married to Ellen Kolawole, and they have four adult children.

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