3rd February 2022
Today is the last in a series of blogs introducing you to some of the key leaders from within our black community. Today I’d like to introduce you to Dimeji Teibo, who has recently joined our staff as a Trainee Pastor.
Can you tell us a bit about your background, education and work experience?
I was born and grew up in Nigeria, one of the most diverse countries in Africa with over 250 ethnic groups. I actually grew up in Lagos, a city that is very metropolitan (not unlike London) and is a mixing pot of these different groups.
I am married to my wonderful wife, Sarah. We met and started dating at university. We moved to England about 14 years ago and are blessed with two wonderful daughters, Michelle and Nicolle.
My family attended church in my earlier years but were not necessarily Christians in the true sense of the word. I found Christ personally just before I went to university, and soon after a passion to serve God and His people was ignited in me. I have pursued this passion in different forms, including leading student fellowships and serving on the pastoral staff of a church in East London.
I have a first degree in accounting. In my penultimate year in university, I realised I really did not want a career in that field and went into project management. I worked in different roles in this field starting out in the Project Office and going on to be a Project Manager. I worked in various industries including telecommunications, FMCG, education, the health sector and briefly for National Rail.
I have also run some personal entrepreneurial projects over the years, and I still work on supporting other Christian entrepreneurs.
Most recently, before joining as a staff member at King’s, I was involved in General Practice Management in the health sector.
How long have you been at King’s and in what capacity do you serve?
My family and I have been attending King’s for a little over four years and we have found it to be an amazing time.
I have served as a volunteer in the kids’ ministry for almost as long as I have been in King’s. I have also served on the Alpha courses and The Marriage Course.
I joined the staff at King’s as a Trainee Pastor at the Lee site in September 2021. I work as part of the Lee Team serving the King’s family at this site. Part of my primary role is the leadership of the kids’ work at the Lee site.
What do you like about King’s?
From our first time in King’s what I have loved is the genuine friendliness (I have heard other newcomers express this sentiment). We got sucked in with love and I have found that this is the true culture of the church. We have received cards out of the blue, friendly calls, and visits when going through a tough patch. King’s is not just a church; it is family.
The teaching is also great. It is balanced and quite enlightening. The series system of delivering these teachings is great because this gives enough time to teach on topics, concepts or books of the Bible. It is also delivered in a way that almost everyone can understand, regardless of where they are in their Christian life.
I also love the group system. This I see as a great way to bond with different people in the church. This actually helped me settle in quite quicky as a newcomer, my first groups being football and a group led by Brett Melville.
What are your hopes for our next series around the issue of diversity?
I am hoping that the series will speak into this issue from the Gospel’s perspective. The issue of diversity has been around in different forms for a very long time and the Bible speaks about this. I really am looking forward to this.
I hope by the end of the series we will be able to see how God sees humanity, since He created us diverse.
Thank you Dimeji for taking the time to answer some questions and help us get to know you a bit more. As I have said before, we are truly blessed at King’s to have so many outstanding staff and volunteers willing to give their time, gifts and talents for the benefit of God’s Kingdom.
I hope you have enjoyed it this short series, which I plan to pick up again when we launch our next diversity series, UNDIVIDED, later in the year.
Posted by Steve Tibbert
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.
As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.
Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.