Pastor Steve Akoni is the Senior Pastor of First Assembly.In 2002 he pioneered the ministry after serving under the leadership of Pastor Sam Adeyemi of Daystar Christian Centre for seven years. Pastor Steve who was born on August 5th, 1965 is an intercessor who also operates in the office of a prophet.An astute teacher of the word of God, he believes that what people learn on Sundays should be relevant in their day-to-day endeavours. Pastor Steve is passionate about the subject of leadership and approaches his service to God and God’s people through the avenue of excellence. He believes that an excellent God ought to be served excellently.
A gifted administrator and a scientist by training, Steve Akoni is also a management consultant who specializes in diagnostic reviews and turnaround remedies. He hosts the monthly prophetic meeting, Prophetic Solutions and is a regular feature on radio and a much sought after speaker at conferences and seminars. He is the author of six books with titles such as Lean On Me, The Hand of God and Speed of Grace.
Steve is married to Araba who pastors alongside him. They are blessed with two children, Samuel Oluwadurotimi and Deborah Oluwafeyisayo.
Araba Akoni is an astute teacher and coach. Her down-to-earth, practical approach to issues has endeared her to many audiences. Ordained as a minister of the gospel in August 2003, this professional secretary by training is a wife and mother of two. An industrious business person, Pastor Araba’s passion for bringing wholeness to people is expressed through her ministry to singles, married couples and pastors wives Our Vision: Building those that will live by the principles of Word of God to become leaders in all spheres of life. In February 2007, in response to a burden for wives of pastors of young churches, Mrs Akoni held the first meeting of First Ladies Network which is a support group for pastors’ wives. The vision of this network is to strengthen pastors’ wives by providing opportunity for the ladies to pray, network and discover practical down-to-earth ways to function as helpmeet to the men of God they are married to.
Pastor Araba holds a Chartered Diploma of Public Relations and is currently pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. She is married to Pastor Steve Akoni, the Senior Pastor of First Assembly, Ogba-Lagos.