Reverend Dr. Joseph Oniyama, a native of Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa, accepted Christ’s offer of salvation in 1977. Soon after, he became actively involved in high school campus ministries serving as AWANA bible club leader.
He worked with Youth for Christ Liberia, serving in several capacities, including: counselors’ coordinator, radio program producer and community club leader. He later joined the Providence Baptist Church where he served as junior church director.
In 1988, Reverend Oniyama joined Calvary Baptist Church in East Orange, New Jersey, and over several years served as Sunday school teacher, VBS director, deacon, and youth minister. In October 2001, Reverend Oniyama was called by Calvary Baptist Church to become their 8th Pastor.
Reverend Oniyama serves as the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) United Nations Representative and also serves as a member of the Ministry Committee of the BWA. The BWA is the parent organization of more than 110 million baptized believers worldwide. Reverend Oniyama has led several delegations of youth and adults on mission trips to China, England, Jamaica, Singapore, Malaysia, Ghana and Liberia.
Reverend Oniyama serves as a member of the Board of Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the East Orange General Hospital, a member of the East Orange Clergy Association and a recipient of the prestigious Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Grant program in 2005.
He is a graduate of the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he received the Master of Divinity degree and the winner of Reverend Edward Lodwick Prize for Excellence in Preaching at the Seminary. Rev. Oniyama received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts. He is the proud father of one son, Jonathan.