“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.