West Africa Theological Seminary, Lagos, Nigeria

[Accredited by the Association of Christian Theological Education in Africa, ACTEA]

The WATS Executive Board:


Marybeth Leavell Ed.D.,  Acting Provost

Marybeths picsDr. Marybeth Leavell has been a friend of WATS since 2009. In July, 2016, she and her husband relocated from the U.S.A. to serve as the Acting Academic Dean of the Seminary. She was appointed Acting Provost in January, 2017. Her background includes more than 35 years of leadership experience in educational, healthcare, and religious organizations. She holds a Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the Universities of Colorado and Northern Colorado (both in the U.S.A.) respectively. She also holds EdD in Organizational Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Arizona, U.S.A.

Her areas of specialization include Organizational Development and Administration, Cross-cultural Leadership Training, and Counseling. She is married to Dr. Mark Leavell and they have two sons, Alan and John, and six grandchildren.


John OnwukaDean of Spiritual Formation & Practical Ministries

john onwuka for webRev. John Onwuka was converted to Christ in 1969 during the civil war in Nigeria and called into the pastoral ministry in October 1975. He received his formal theological education at Calvary College of Theology in Port Harcourt, Rivers State; and his Bachelor of Arts in Theology from West Africa Theological Seminary (WATS). He later completed his Master’s degree in Social Sciences in Azusa Pacific University majoring in Leadership Studies and Human Resources Development. He has also completed doctoral studies in Christian Education with focus on Church educational ministries with Freelandia Institute through its distant learning program.

Rev. Onwuka has been a pastor for thirty-eight years. Apart from holding high positions of church responsibility, he has spent a total of seven years in cross-cultural Missions in both Nigeria and Ghana, where he served three Bible Colleges in the capacities of Acting Principal, Academic Dean and Director of Christian Ministries. He is currently serving in the chaplaincy of West Africa Theological Seminary as Dean of Spiritual Formation and Practical Ministries as well as member of WATS Executive Board. In addition to holding the post of a senior lecturer, he is fully devoted to the work of evangelism, discipleship and leadership development through the ministry of the International Fellowship of Bible Churches, a U.S. based non-profit missionary organisation.


Charity AjayiDirector of Administration

charityCharity Ajayi has been a long serving staff of West Africa Theological Seminary.  She has served in various capacities.

        1. Fundraising and Communication, where she coordinated with the Director.
        2. Academic division worked with Academic Dean
        3. Provost office, combining the work of the P/A to the Provost with scholarship.  Later became the Provost’s Assistant.
        4. Presently the Director of Administration.

Charity holds a Higher National Diploma in Administration, a member of the Chartered institute of Secretaries and MA in Intercultural Studies and she is interested in pursuing a doctorate in the same field. 

She has extensive experience spanning over two decades in administration, having previously worked as Development Officer and Network Administrator at Space Electronics Company in Lagos, one time staff of ELMAC Insurance, Femi Ilesanmi Surveyors & Constructions as a manager where she garnered tremendous experience in construction and site management and in a few other organizations.

Charity is a member of Our Savior’s Anglican Church TBS, Lagos. Her passion is on Muslim evangelism. 


Martins OluwafemiDirector of Communication & Fundraising

femni for webOluwafemi Martins was born on 29th October 1954. He is presently Director, Communications and Development at West Africa Theological Seminary (WATS) where he obtained his Master of Divinity degree during which he served as the president of the Master’s Student Association. He also holds a Leadership Diploma obtained from Word of Faith Bible Institute in 2001 and Higher National Diploma obtained at Yaba College of Technology in 1982.  He served as the President of the Student’s Union of Yaba College of Technology between 1981 – 1982, 1st Vice-President, national Association of Technological Students (NATS) and Senate President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), 1981 – 1982.  He served the WATS Governing Council from 2008 – 2015.

Pastor Martins presently serves as a member of WATS Executive Board; Chairman, WATS Academic Journal Editorial Committee; Director, Centre for Values and Social Change; member Board of Hope Foundation for Africa based in Liberia.  He is also member Covenant Keepers’ Network, Nigeria (an off-shoot of the Congress on Christian Ethics in Nigeria COCEN); Journalist for Christ, Advisor to Generation Seeking After God’s Heart and President Yaba College of Technology Alumni Association.

Pastor Martins has worked in various capacities in several organizations between 1973 until his appointment as Managing Director of Summit Ventures Limited in 1993-a position he relinquished in 2000 after his New Birth experience in June of the same year. He was pastor of Summit Kings’ Chapel and Royal Family Assembly, Lagos between 2001 and 2005. He is married to Alice and blessed with four children (two males and two females); Ayanbode, Oluwabanke, Ope-Oluwa, and Oluwatobi.  He is grandfather to 7 year old Jesutofunmi Fehintola Martins.


WATS - West Africa Theological Seminary
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