FROM BEING BORN INTO A MUSLIM HOME, HAWKING ON THE STREET TO BEING A PROMINENT MINISTER OF GOD.
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo was born on the 17th of March, 1952 in the ancient city of Zaria, Kaduna State, Nigeria to the family of Salau Asimolowo and Aishat Asimolowo. He was born into an Islamic family and was named Ahmed. He was born as the 4th child of 5 children.
His father was a military personnel. Due to the nature of his father’s profession, Matthew and his siblings had to relocate from one place to another. They lived in the barracks in different states for 15 years before moving to Ibadan. They didn’t have much and lived so much in lack. Because of this, Matthew had to hawk things on the street to earn some money. This earned him an indelible mark on his head. Growing up, he always wanted to become a soldier just like his dad but God had other plans for him. Growing up, he was an extremely smart kid and was always ahead of his peers in terms of intellect while he schooled at a military owned school; Command Children School, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Following the death of his father in 1974, things changed for Matthew. He got saved and converted to Christianity at the age of 22. He was rechristened from “Ahmed” to “Matthew”. He attended a Bible school in Lagos after his conversion and studied the Bible consistently to further his career as a Minister of the Gospel.
He later joined the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC) where he revealed he was taught how to pray. Then he joined Foursquare Gospel Church , Somolu, Lagos, and became an assistant pastor. Many marvelled at his work ethic and commitment to the things of God while he served.
He was moved to the United Kingdom by the church, where he started his own ministry, Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC). The Church started in 1992 with eleven members in a school hall in North London. Overtime, the membership of the church grew exponentially to 200 and the church had to move to Hackney Town Centre, after which it acquired a building at Mare Street. The church continued to grow in number. The building acquired later became too small for the community. Fast-forward to 2020, Kingsway International Christian Center has grown to thousands of members, with over 12,000 persons worshipping at the KICC permanent site, Chatham, Kent, London.
Matthew is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of 10 profitable companies, including the United Kingdom’s first church-owned television channel, KICC TV, which now reaches 140 million homes across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He is notable for his radio programme called the “Winning Ways”. The programme is aired on daily basis on Premier Radio (London) and Spirit FM (Amsterdam) and on television in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, TV Africa, the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and Europe on The God Channel and Inspirational Network.
This telecast has been a source of motivation to many and his daily live broadcast ‘Morning Glow’ inspires and empowers more than 30,000 people a day via social media.
He serves on the board of United Kingdom’s premier Christian radio station, Premier Radio station. He is also a constant feature on Trinity Broadcasting Network, God Channel TV, Daystar TV and various TV networks.
He is also a prolific author, award-winning writer, with over 90 books to his credit. He is the winner of the Nigerian Booksellers Award for Tongues of Fire and many more. He has written books on diverse niches in the body of Christ which include, “The Power of Positive Prayers”, “55 Reasons Why Leaders Fail”, “Value Driven Leadership”, “Pillars of Divine Favor”, “101 Truths About Divine Success”, “10 Ways to Get Heaven’s Attention”, “53 Leadership Principles of Prophet”, “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over, “The Power of Positive Confession”
, “101 Great Laws of Success and Breaking Barriers”, amongst a host of others.
Having preached for over 30 years, he is a successful leader and has received numerous awards for his outstanding books and selfless service.
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is happily married to Pastor (Mrs) Yemisi Ashimolowo and the union is blessed with two boys. His wife was the daughter of his Senior Pastor he was assisting at Foursquare Gospel Church in Lagos. In an interview, she revealed that she was attracted to her husband’s commitment to the things of God while he served her father.
Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) is also the Proprietor of Kings University, Ode-Omu, Osun State, Nigeria.
God is still in the business of changing stories. It does not matter your background. With Him, you will always win.
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