MATTHEW ASHIMOLOWO MINISTRIES
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Pastor Ashimolowo of Matthew Ashimolowo Ministries, as a respected leader, sits on the Board of Reference for God TV.
He is considered a Christian thought leader, Biblical scholar and media commentator on a variety of issues.
Born March 17 1952 in Nigeria he is the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Center in London.
Under his leadership the membership of the church has grown from 300 adults to almost 8,000 in eight years.
The Nigerian-born former Muslim is steering the church, commonly known as KICC, towards its vision of 25,000 members by the year 2010.
His Winning Ways program is aired daily on Premier Radio (London) and Spirit FM (Amsterdam) and also viewed on television by a potential audience of over 200 million in Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, TV Africa, the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)and Europe on The God Channel and Inspirational Network.
Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo is also the author of 60 books including the highly acclaimed Prayer Power series. He is married to Yemisi Ashimolowo with two sons, Tobi and Tomi.
The charity behind Matthew Ashimolowo Ministries Kingsway International Christian Centre (The King's Ministries Trust) was investigated by the Charity Commission of England and Wales between 2002 and 2005.
A report of the inquiry was released in October 2005. The report concluded that there had been serious misconduct and mismanagement in the administration of the charity.
At an early stage in the investigation, it was considered that the charity's assets were at risk, and control was removed from the existing trustees and placed in the hands of an independent external company (the accountancy and management consultancy practice KPMG), who regularized the charity's affairs.
The report alleged that Matthew Ashimolowo acted as both a trustee and a paid employee of the charity, which is against UK charity law, and was responsible for approving payments and benefits to himself and his wife, Yemisi, totaling more than £384,000.
Benefits received included free accommodation for himself and family, including an £80,000 car and purchase of a Florida timeshare property for £13,000 using a charity credit card, and over half a million pounds paid out to Ashimolowo's private companies, which were operated from church property and had unclear business relationships with the charity.
But beyond the gossip and accusations, his influence on church growth and evangelism has guaranteed countless requests for his comments by a variety of mainstream media including BBC TV and Radio, Sky News, The Times and Guardian broadsheet newspapers, as well as a broad spectrum of Christian and faith-based publications.
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