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Pastor Akinbinu is committed to spreading the Gospel because he believes that God’s Word is able to transform and empower all who believe. He stands on the promise of Philippians 1:6: “He that hath begun a good work in you is faithful to perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Rev. Dr. Bankole Akinbinu is the Senior Pastor of Baptist Grove Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Rev. Dr. Bankole Akinbinu has been set apart to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ! He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the age of ten and was later called into the Gospel Ministry at sixteen. On June 16, 2001, he preached his trial sermon at Community Bible Baptist Church in Prince George’s County, Maryland. After serving eight years as a licensed minister, he was ordained in September 2009.
Dr. Akinbinu is committed to education. He earned his bachelor’s in Bible Theology from Washington Bible College in Lanham, Maryland. He then matriculated at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey where he earned his Master of Divinity Degree. In May 2019, he was conferred the Doctor of Ministry Degree from Duke University.
In January 2012, Rev. Akinbinu was called to be the Pastor of Baptist Grove Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. Under his pastoral leadership the church’s three pillars: Living in Faith, Living in Fellowship and Living to Serve, as well as the vision to “…live life to the fullest by growing in relationship with God, strengthening relationship with others and bringing life to our world through service.” were established. As the church walks in this vision it has experienced significant increase in membership, new ministries and outreach to the community. Prior to serving in the pastorate, he faithfully served as the Young Adult Assistant Pastor at Community Bible Baptist Church, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Dr. Clevester O. Wimbish and as the Minister to Youth and Young Adults at St. James A.M.E. Church in Newark, New Jersey under Rev. Dr. William Watley.
Rev. Dr. Bankole Akinbinu has been abundantly blessed with the opportunity to express the gift God has given him on various platforms, including universities, revivals, conferences, and worship services around the country. In 2010, he was the recipient of the Aaron E. Gast Award in Urban Ministry, which is given annually to a member of the Princeton Theological Seminary community who demonstrates a unique gifting for ministering within a major metropolitan area. In 2014, he was invited by President Barak Obama to participate in a White House Summit on “Working Families-focusing on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans.”
In August 2007, Pastor Akinbinu married the love of his life, Angel. They are the proud parents of Alivia Alexandra and Elijah Alexander.