“Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings;  he shall not stand before mean men” (Proverbs 22: 29). 

The Rev. Josiah Olubode Soyinka was a very diligent man. As a  Sunday school teacher, an interpreter, a preacher, a soul-winner and a  Church administrator, he made diligence his watchword. 

He was a symbol of what is best in interpretation. He was highly  committed to the Lord's service. He was also a competent translator whose  choice of words was concise. He played a leading role in translating the  following Gospel publications into Yoruba language: Sunday School  Books, Minister's Manual, Gospel Worker's Handbook and Sunday  School Teacher's Handbook. 

He was the chairman of the Association of Visiting Secretaries (the  evangelistic arm of the Church visiting schools and other institutions) till  death. He was, for many years, the chairman of the Bible Study committee  as well as the organizer and coordinator of the Children Sunday School  programmes. He became a fully ordained minister of God in August 1973  and was also given a licence as a preacher of the Word.  

Rev. Soyinka was appointed Treasurer of the Church and Secretary  to the Board of Trustees in 1981, the position he held till 1983 when God  called him to a greater responsibility.