Yinka Oyekan was born in Edinburgh of dual heritage. His Mum is Scottish, and his Dad was Nigerian. He is married to Fiona and they have three sons
He was in Edinburgh studying accountancy when he was saved in 1984 through the ministry of Wester Hailes Baptist Church. With the support of the church, Yinka attended the Bible Training Institute in Glasgow (BTI).
He is particularly excited by the third declaration of principle. It makes clear that “It is the duty of every disciple to bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to take part in the evangelisation of the world.”
He has a long history in equipping and training individuals in evangelism and mission. He has also been involved in the pioneering of churches from scratch with his wife Fiona. After finishing at the BTI, he went to train with Don Double who headed up an evangelistic association called GNC. Yinka travelled extensively supporting Don as his team leader in organising city-wide evangelistic missions throughout the UK and overseas. He was not only involved in supporting Don’s mission but organised many of his own in the UK and abroad.
Yinka’s main passion throughout has been in Church Planting as the building of a strong community of disciples is the ultimate goal of evangelisation.
In 2016 an evangelistic outpouring of the Holy Spirit at The Gate led to the birth of The Turning. This evangelistic ministry has resulted in thousands of believers across many denominations and streams going out onto the streets and sharing their faith with their communities.
Yinka has written several books/training manuals some which have been translated into French, German and Portuguese.
Yinka loves to paint, play the Saxophone, and write songs.