My name is Nneoma Olivia Ewurum, and I currently live in Nutley, NJ, with my amazing husband and an adopted puppy on the way in the near future. I'm what most people will still call a newlywed as we got married in September 2019.
Professionally, I am a physician who is double board-certified in Internal Medicine and the subspecialty of Gastroenterology. I practice as a Gastroenterologist in Fairlawn, NJ, also working at Englewood Hospital and St Joseph's Hospital. It's been about four years since I joined Agape House of Worship. I currently serve in the Mission's Ministry, Healthcare Ministry, Sozo Ministry, Usher's Ministry, PUSH Army (prayer ministry), and Special Events Ministry.
Two of my favorite scriptures are: “The Lord God has given me the tongue of the learned that I might know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary. He awakens me morning by morning. He awakens my ear to hear as the learned” (Isaiah 50:4) and “From the rising of the sun to the setting of the same, the name of the Lord is to be praised” (Psalm 113:3).
People tend to describe me as a very passionate person in general, but to be specific, I get particularly excited about Missions, Evangelism & Soul Winning, Healing and the Prophetic, Worship, and anything to do with a focus on the love of God. My life basically runs on coffee, and Jesus and a day without them are simply not the same. I love reading (nerd for life), investing in people/relationships, counseling people, watching basketball (Lakers fan), good food, and traveling to exotic destinations.
Group 2- Essex County
My name is Ola David;I have lived in Newark since 2013. I work as an Education Policy Adviser and also doing doctoral research in the same field. One of my life-defining moments happened when God planted my family and me at Agape House of Worship in the spring of 2018. I love impacting the lives of Young People and couldn't be more grateful for serving in our Youth Ministry (YRU). I desire to see them become all that God has called them to be.
Nine years ago, I married my best friend (Bayo); it was a beautiful New York wedding ceremony overseeing the Hudson River, with only 45 guests in attendance. We are blessed with two daughters (Modesola & Mojola) and raise my niece and nephew (Bibi & Delana) - it's a full house with enough love to go around! All through my life's journey, Jeremiah 29, verse 11 resonates with me often. I find my zest for life, knowing that God has a plan for me. This summer, I am looking forward to owning and riding a bike. So that you know, I am such an English Lady at heart and couldn't be more delighted to meet you while fellowshipping over a cup of tea!
Group 3- Essex County
My name is Bosede Foluke Amorin. I mostly go with my middle name Foluke. I live in West Orange, NJ. I have been married for 27 years to my dearest husband, and our marriage has been blessed with three young adults. I am an Early Childhood Educator, and I have a passion for children and love to see them grow in the will and purpose of God for their lives. I have been a member of Agape House of Worship for over ten years. I serve in the Children's Ministry (Potters House) as a Teacher, Class Coordinator, and a Teacher in the AWANA Club. I also serve in the AHOW Care-Giving Ministry.
One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 8:28. "So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God's perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose."(TPT)
I love to sing, and I enjoy cooking. One fun fact about me is that I love word games, and my favorite is Scrabble.
Group 4- Morris & Sussex County
My name is Atinuke Asaolu. I live in Rockaway, NJ, with my loving husband and two beautiful children. I am a registered nurse, currently a full-time student, however, with over ten years of experience as an emergency room nurse. I have been in Agape house of worship for 11 years, and I am serving in children's ministry. I am passionate about encouraging people, making others laugh, and letting people close to me feel that if they can think deeply, they will be appreciative of their situations. One of my favorite scriptures is Roman 9:15, which states, "I will have mercy on whom I will mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." I believe my name is written boldly on this scripture because I am a product of God choosing to have mercy. I love to laugh, travel, and spend time with friends. I have been married for 13 years, but it was just yesterday to my husband and me.
Group 5-Mercer & Burlington County
My name is Simbiat Ajao, and I am a clinical research scientist at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. I have been a member of AHOW for ten years and currently serve in Potter's House (Children's Ministry), Missions World Outreach Ministry, and all arms of the PUSH Army (Prayer Ministry). I am passionate about scientific research, as I desire to see a breakthrough in the area of oncology. My favorite scripture is John 14:1, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; also believe in me." Though I am not an avid coffee drinker, I like to start my mornings with tea and frequently stop at Starbucks for a Mango Dragonfruit refresher! One thing you may not know about me is that I love to travel and try different cuisines; the next stop on my bucket list is Singapore! I currently reside in North Brunswick, New Jersey, with my husband and eighteen-year-old daughter.
Group 6-Middlesex County
Janet Adekolais a young woman who lives in the township of Piscataway, New Jersey. She is a registered nurse and a New Jersey Certified School Nurse who currently works at a charter school in Plainfield, NJ. In 2012 she officially became a member of Agape House of Worship but began working in the Children's Ministry, volunteering for VBS, and attending services and events before then. She is the Ministry Leader of Vessels of Praise, the dance ministry of AHOW for children, youth, and adults. She also serves on the leadership of Potters House (the Children's Ministry) and works in the AWANA, Adopt-A-School (iRead), and Creative Arts ministries. Janet is currently single without children, but many tell her she has many children, the ones she works within Agape and her school. Her passions are children, youth, and worship, including dance, music, and other forms of art. One of her favorite scriptures is Psalm 27:4-6. She loves both coffee and tea; however, currently, she has substantially cut out coffee. Fun facts about Janet are that she is an athlete at heart and loves helping others. Her favorite aspect of herself is her smile.
Group 7-Middlesex County
My name is Grace Joke Amole, and I reside in Perth Amboy, NJ. I'm a Physician, but currently a Professor at Kean University. I have been a member of Agape House of Worship for about six years. I serve mainly in the Healthcare Ministry and the Creative Arts Ministry. I'm passionate about serving because it is part of our identity as Christ-followers and teaches us to love others genuinely. I'm married and blessed with a vibrant 5-year old boy. One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 41:10 NLT, "Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand." I have been so encouraged by this verse, especially when the world is going through a pandemic and so many uncertainties. I love trying out different coffee flavors. I enjoy making arts and crafts and reading.
Group 8- Monmouth & Ocean County
My name is Grace Adegboyega, and I reside in Matawan, NJ, with my lovely husband and three beautiful children. I currently work at a pharmaceutical company as a Regional Safety Lead and a CEO of CSS and Interguide Academy. This year marks my 11th year as an AHOW member, serving as a worship leader, a teacher at Potters house, and a steward in the Evangelism ministry. I love to sing because worship brings me close to Christ's heart, I love associating with little children because they teach me the mind of God and how to relate with people and most importantly evangelize as this is a mandate from God. My mantra of scripture would be from Mark 10:15 "Truly I tell you, anyone, who will not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." I love to drink tea every day with lemon juice! A fun fact about me is that my children love it when I tickle them.
Group 9- Union County
My name is Mary Odeyemi, and I live in Elizabeth, NJ. Professionally, I am a teacher and an entrepreneur. I have been a member of Agape for over 10years. I serve in children's ministry and special events. I am married, blessed with two beautiful children Nathaniel & Paul. I am passionate about bringing smiles to the people's faces to see them happy and well through my business. My favorite scripture is from Psalms 100:4 – Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and unto his courts with praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name. My favorite beverage is Nesquik. A fun fact about me is I love dancing as well as cooking.
Group 10- Union County
My name is Debbie I. A. Asokeji.I live in Linden, NJ. I am a social worker in Union County. I have been attending Agape House of Worship since September 2018. I am in 4 ministries; Push Ministry (Pray Until Something Happens), CEM (Christian Education Ministry), Caregiving Ministry and Marriage Ministry. I'm married to Richard Asokeji for 25 years, and together we are blessed with four beautiful children Ariyo, Abayo, Titi, and Koyin Asokeji. My passion is to mentor and render help. One of my favorite scripture in the Bible is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." My favorite beverages to drink are water and coffee. One fun fact about me is that I love to dance.
Group 1-Bergen, Hudson, Passaic County
My name is Mercy Otieno, and I live in Roselle, NJ. I have been an Agape member for almost three years now. I serve in healthcare and missions ministries. I am a pediatric nurse practitioner, and serving children is my passion. I also have a heart for missions and have been on several mission trips to multiple countries. The hardships that the vulnerable, specifically women and children face in these countries, fills me with deep compassion, hence the birth of my nonprofit organization in January 2020 named "Mercy and Love Foundation." It was birthed from one of the greatest commandments and one of my favorite scriptures that I challenge myself to abide by daily, Matthew 22:39 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Unlike the majority, green tea is my go-to beverage. A few fun facts about me: I love traveling for leisure, and I have been to about 30 countries so far. I also love exercising because besides staying in shape, it is therapeutic for me and helps get rid of migraines.
Group 2- Essex County
My name is Shawn Jacobs, and I reside in Maplewood, NJ. I am a Developmental Interventionist and Special Educator. I have been a member of Agape for about four years. I serve in several ministries within Agape, but my primary responsibility is in Specials Needs Ministry. I have three amazing children and two fur children, my dogs "Spot" and "Goldie." I am very passionate about access to quality education in the urban community and maintaining healthy family structures within communities of lower socioeconomic status through the provision of family training. My mantra of scripture would be from Hosea 4:6 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…. Coffee has been my go-to beverage since I learned to make it as a little girl for my grandmother sipping it before she ever saw the cup! A fun fact about me is I like to ride horses through my equestrian ability is questionable!
My name is Subulola Tayo-Balogun, and I reside in the city of Newark, NJ. I am a teacher, and I have been a member of Agape House of Worship from its inception. I am a part of the Caregiving ministry, Elder's ministry, and Morning Devotion team. I am married with children and grandchildren. If possible, I would love to solve the issue of homelessness. My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:4-9, and my favorite beverage is tea, as I do not drink coffee. A fun fact about me is that I love to sing and be happy. I just love to be joyful.
Group 4- Morris & Sussex County
My name is Aramide Onepe, and I live in Union, NJ, with my husband. I am a Regulatory Controller for Goldman Sachs Co in Jersey City. I have been a member of Agape House for about five years, where I serve in multiple ministries, but my main focus is with the Protocol Ministry. My favorite scripture is John 3:16, which we all know and love "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." I get my passion for service from this verse because if God gave his Son for me, then I should be able to give my all to Him and his children. I love food, home decor, tv-series, and Nigerian movies.
Mercer & Burlington County
My name is Michelle Wright. I live in Robbinsville New Jersey. I work in the Assisted Living Industry as a business Administrator. I am a member of Agape House of Worship for over ten and a half years. I serve as a teacher in Potter’s House (Children’s Ministry) and I also serve as Secretary for the Women of Purpose Ministry Team. I have been married for almost 28 years (October 2020) to Kip Wright and we have been gifted with 2 miraculous children Kolbi and Christian. Many might be surprised to know Kip and I were engaged 2 weeks after wet met. (If you want to know more, you’ll have to take a seat at the table and build an authentic relationship with me😊).
My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:6-7; Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. That means God’s divine supernatural peace in me, keeping watch over my heart and mind, guarding me from anything that would cause anxiety. His peace He gives to me, and I receive it.
If I had to choose a favorite beverage between coffee and tea, it would be tea. Although, iced coffee in the summer is a treat for me. I enjoy a good, hearty laugh; it’s like medicine for my soul. What’s really funny is, I cry when I laugh!
Group 6- Middlesex County
My name is Althea Payne, and I live in Colonia, New Jersey. I am a Registered Nurse. I have been a member of Agape House for seven years, and I serve in the Connections ministry and the Health & Wellness ministry. I am married to my wonderful husband, Clark Payne, for 20 years; we have two beautiful children Jordan (17) and Alexa (12). I enjoy spending time with family and traveling. Helping others, physically or emotionally. I can do all things through him who gives me strength Philippians 4:13. I am also a mentor and role model for others. I can do all things through him who gives me strength Philippians 4:13. My favorite beverage is tea, and one exciting thing about me is that I love to dance.
Group 7- Middlesex County
My name is Fadekemi Ohakim.I live in Carteret, NJ. I am an Accountant and currently work as an auditor with a National Bank headquartered in NJ. I have been a member of Agape for about ten years, and I serve as in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Ministry and as a member of the Board of Trustees. I am the wife to my wonderful husband, John, and mother to my beautiful 2-year-old daughter, Zara.
My favorite scripture is Philippians 4:6 “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life”. I love a good cup of hot tea, and my favorites are Chai Latte and Lemon Ginger Tea. One fun fact about me is that I have traveled to 8 countries and I look forward to visiting other countries when the Pandemic becomes history.
Group 8- Monmouth & Ocean County
My name is Bola Fapohunda; I live in Manalapan, New Jersey, with my amazing husband and 2 beautiful kids. I work with PSE&G in the Projects and Construction group as a Project Controls Manager. This year marks my 13th year as an AHOW member, and I serve in Christian Education, Marriage, and IT ministries. I have a passionate heart towards connecting people, making them feel welcome, and home in God's house. That sums up why I served in Ushering and Connection ministries before and now as the ministry leader for Christian Education Ministry (CEM), which handles the Membership Orientation, Ministry Orientation & Spiritual Maturity classes.
One of my favorite scriptures is Ephesians 2:8 – "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (NIV)."
I am a passionate tea drinker - you will find me drinking tea on a hot summer afternoon. I enjoy traveling, gardening (a newfound hobby), and home organizing. I've been married for 13 years, and we all have rhyming names in my family – Fola (husband), Bola (me), Jola (Son), and Lola (daughter).
Group 9- Union County
My name is Karen Owusu, and I reside in Roselle, New Jersey. I currently work as a sales associate at HomeGoods. I have been a member of AHOW for nine years and currently serve in the Children's Ministry, Outreach, Drama, and other ministries. I am a lover of art, children, and creative writing. I love hearing the sound of birds. I am very passionate about serving wherever God positions me. One of my favorite scriptures would have to be Proverbs 16:3, which reads "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.” My favorite beverage is tea, but I don't drink it a lot, but when I do, I make sure that the milk overflows. A fun fact about me is that I love helping people, watching movies, and taking pictures.
Group 10- Union County
My name is Cheryl Chester, and I live in Roselle, New Jersey, with my husband Ensign and son Kyle Chester. I am a Special Educator with NYCDOE. I am a member of Agape for 3.2 years, and I serve in the Prayer Ministry (PUSH ) and MWO Ministry. I am filled with joy when I give a word of encouragement to someone who is feeling down and hopeless. I love to share testimonies of the goodness of God. I would like to see an end to the persecution of Christians. My favorite scripture: Habakkuk 3:17-19, though the fig tree does not blossom, and there is no fruit on the vines……. Yet I will rejoice in the Lord….". My favorite beverage is Mint tea, and I am a Geographer at heart, so I love to read and explore sceneries: mountains, waterfalls, ruins, etc.