INTERVIEW

I dislike indiscipline with a passion and I hate people suffering – Pastor Austin Okosun

Nigerian Pastor Austin Okosun is a young unique gift from Nigeria to the world, at all curve, he has gone beyond preaching the good news to demonstrate humanitarian side of the gospel. The publisher of CITY BELL, RALPH AKINDELE met him at the Church premises. He speaks about his journey into the ministry. Pastor Austin Okosun may be young but he is spiritually filled with the Holy Spirit.

Can we meet you Sir?

My name is Pastor Austin Okosun, the presiding pastor of Solid Grace Assembly here in Ikotun, Lagos State.

Let’s have an insight about your educational background?

I started my education in Uselu Primary School, Edo State. I proceeded to Kings and Queens College, Benin, Edo State. I got a call into the ministry at an early age of my life. I proceeded into a bible college where I have a diploma and associate degree in theology. In order to have more knowledge about God and serve Him better in His vineyard. After my Degree in Theology, I furthered my education in Lagos State University, Ojo, where I studied History and International Studies but I dropped out because of the Ministry work.

Let’s have an insight about your growing up?

I wasn’t born with a silver spoon. I grew up in a Christian family. Thank God for my mother that taught us the way to God. There was no time for youthful eloquent. I was clicked to the things of God earlier in my life due to how I was brought up.

How did you commence your Ministry?

The ministry actively started with a dream. I dreamt that I was preaching on a blue rug altar. So I knew that the dream was not an ordinary dream. I didn’t tell anybody. Frankly speaking, I have always lived my life for God since my early stage. I remembered when I was 16 years; a prophetess even told me that I will be a God’s general, that was 15th February, 1998. From there, I became a Sunday school teacher, within a short period of time, after the Parish pastor saw my excellent performance in Sunday school department; he promoted me to Sunday school teacher’s coordinator. Then I was still in Edo State. In 2001, I was really convinced through the Holy Spirit that working in the vineyard of God is my calling. I started with a Ministry, St. Joseph Chosen Church of God. I was in that Ministry for ten years but at the expiration of my tenth year at St. Joseph Chosen Church of God, I received an instruction from God to establish my Ministry. I started the Ministry in a living room.

Why didn’t you start your Ministry in Edo State, why Lagos?

I actually started my Ministry in Edo State with St. Joseph Chosen Church of God but I was posted to Lagos to head the two branches in Lagos. The Ministry post Pastors, it is just like the civil service work, you can be posted to anywhere and you cannot say no.

What was the mandate you received from God when you started your Ministry?

God instructed me to deliver His words, demonstrate my power and deliver my people from oppressors.

Sir, you are telling us that you are a deliverance Minister?

As a servant of God, you are a deliverance minister according to the book of Isaiah 61 the spirit of God came upon me to heal. Deliverance simply means if you are able to take people out of where they are to the place where God wants them to be. Every Minister of God is a deliverance minister as our Lord Jesus Christ is a greatest physician.

As a young God’s General, who has been your role mode?

I have a lot of distant mentors that I relate with. Pastor Tunde Bakare, Pastor E. A. Adeboye for his humility and what God is using him to do. He is depopulating the kingdom of darkness and populating the kingdom of God. Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church. These are the God’s Generals that have really inspired me in one way or the other. The greatest man that has really inspired me is Master Jesus Christ.

What makes you different from other Ministers of God?

I don’t know if I am actually different from other ministers of God. I just believe that all Pastors have their callings according to Ephesians 4:11, KJV: “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”.

Which one are you?

Am a Pastor Evangelist

As you are a Pastor Evangelist, what are the differences between Pastor, Evangelist, Apostle and Prophet?

An Apostle is someone that establishes a Church. When Apostle looks for the land, the Prophet goes there to declare God’s word of Prophesy, an Evangelist go there to preach, Pastors nurtures them and the teachers feeds them with God’s words. I started as a Pastor now am entering into Evangelist. It is so intensive.

People believe that once you attend a seminary or bible college, you are supposed to be a minister of God, what is your say about it?

You cannot be what God has not made you to be. People must understand this; if you do not have the call and you attend Bible College in order to establish a Ministry, believe me, it will become a business venture. If truly there is a call of God upon your life and you attend Bible College, it will enhance the pastoral work in you. The person will be knowledgeable about the Ministry work.

When you started your Ministry, what are the challenges you faced?

It is not easy as people thinks. It was so tedious. I knew what I needed to make progress and not be frustrated is the backing of God that called me into the Ministry. It wasn’t a bed of roses. If not for God that really called me into the Ministry, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Praise God!!!

If God have not called you to work in His vineyard, what would you have been doing?

I would have been either a soldier or medical doctor. The reason I would have become a soldier is that I dislike indiscipline with passion. I would have also been a doctor because of my feelings to human being. I hate people suffering.

How has your wife been helping you in the Ministry?

Well, I didn’t marry on time. I got married two years ago (June 2019). I started the Ministry alone with the help of the Holy Spirit. Since I got married to the most beautiful and super-fantastic angel in the world. She has been of good help in the Ministry. No wonder God says in the book of Genesis that it is not good for a man to live alone and I will make him helpmate.

As a handsome and simple God’s General then, how did you manage the challenges of ladies then?

It was a great challenge. At times after preaching, some ladies would send SMS (short text messages) “I love you.” But what kept me on and still keeping me on is my focus and the Holy Spirit that dwell in me.

What is your view about offering and tithe as a Minister of God?

Both tithe and offering are biblical. I pay my tithes regularly and I do give my offering. Tithe is a command from God. When we talk about giving, Jesus Christ talked more about giving in the Bible. Jesus taught about giving and he really led by example by giving. Both offering and tithe should be done willingly. I don’t believe in people saying that if you don’t pay your tithe, things will be tight for you. Both tithe and offering should be used for the development of the Church and to take proper care of the less privilege in the Church not for the Pastors to acquire wealth for themselves.

As a Young Pastor, how is your relationship with Pastors under you?

My relationship between them is cordial.

As a busy man of God, how do you unwind?

There is always a mindset towards Pastors. They believe that once you are in the Ministry, you are looking for ways to acquire wealth for yourself. It is not like that. To be sincere, pastoral work is the most tedious work on earth. Apart from being spiritual, I watch football because I am a Barcelona FC fan and sometimes, I sleep or read books that will increase my knowledge.

People says pastors live a luxurious life unlike you, you are looking smart, smelling good, looking handsome, young as well, what is the secret behind it?

Truly speaking, if God really calls you, He will take absolutely proper good care of you. It also depends how hygienic the pastor or person is because cleanliness is next to godliness. God takes care of me.

What advice do you have for upcoming Pastors?

Since last year that I have started gathering upcoming God’s General which I called Chosen Generation Generals (CGG). I gather them every Monday from different churches just to inspire, motivate and started my experiences in the Ministry that has kept me growing in the ministerial work. I told them not to be in a hurry to where God wants them to be and they should never get frustrated over people they see that are doing well in the Ministry because they started together. They must be highly focused in what God wants them to do. There is no overnight success.

As a Minister of God that must have read the bible from Genesis to Revelation, what is your favorite verse in the Bible?

I have both best verse and most fearful verse. My favorite verse is Ecc. 9:11 “I return and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift not the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, not yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all” and my fearful verse in the bible is Matthew 7:22 – 23 “many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord have we not prophesied in your name? And in your name have cast out demons? And in your name done many wonderful works? (23) An then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.”

Where do you see your Ministry in next 10 years?

I am a man of vision. I see Solid Grace Assembly having branches worldwide because the Bible says “go ye in the world and preach my words.”

Thank you for your time.

It’s my pleasure .

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2 comments

Oluwa Eben October 7, 2021 at 4:24 pm

Interesting personality i must commend, may God continue to keep you.

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Mercy October 7, 2021 at 10:38 pm

Nice one sir

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