The West Africa Theological Seminary (WATS), Lagos, has lost its Provost, Pastor Oluwafemi Martins.
According to a statement signed by the Chairman of the seminary’s Governing Council, Dr. Emmanuel Oluwayemi, Martins died at the age of 67 on Saturday 28th May..
Pastor Martins “joined the Saints Triumphant at the age of 67, in the early hours of Saturday 28th May, 2022 after a brief illness,” the statement reads.
The statement reveals further that, Martins had joined the WATS Governing Council even while he was studying for a Masters of Divinity of the Seminary.
“He served meritoriously for several years and was later appointed Director of Communications and Fundraising in the institution until he was appointed as its 6th substantive Provost in April 2019.
Martins, who was rounding off his Doctor of Ministry program at the Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky, USA, was an alumnus of the prestigious Yaba College of Technology, Lagos where he served as the Chairman of the Alumni Association.
The Governing Council of WATS describes him as “an astute administrator, devoted Christian and passionate theologian.”
The West African Theological Seminary (WATS) was established April 1989, when a group of Nigerian and expatriate Christian leaders met to consider the needs of the Church in Nigeria and in particular to determine how to provide sound theological training to as many pastors as possible. Led by Rev. Gary S. Maxey from the United States of America, the group moved quickly to establish a strong, academically competent, non-denominational theological seminary, now known as WATS.
For its first twelve years, the seminary (first known as Wesley International Bible College, and later as Wesley International Theological Seminary) was located in Owerri, Imo State, in eastern Nigeria. In 2000 the governing Council voted to change the name of the institution to West Africa Theological Seminary (WATS). In 2001, the seminary took a giant stride by relocating to Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital and the largest city in sub-Saharan Africa.