About the Founder

Bishop Kolawole Gideon Onaolapo was born on July 27, 1957 in Erin-Ile, Kwara State, Nigeria. He received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age in Zaria, Northern Nigeria in 1974. He received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1976 and preached the Gospel with great passion while he was a student at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He graduated with Bachelor’s Degree (Hons.) in Chemistry. While several of his contemporaries were busy looking for jobs after graduation, Bishop Kola Onaolapo pursued his God-given vision of Ministry work.

In conjunction with the Holy Spirit, He started Abundant Life Gospel Ministry at Bishop Smith’s Memorial Primary school, Ilorin, Nigeria.
With a fresh message on the doctrine of the Holy Spirit , Abundant Life Gospel Church became one of the fastest growing Pentecostal Churches in Ilorin and its environs, with a large number of people accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and saviour. Other branch Churches were soon established in the region in response to the aspiration of the people. As at 2012, Abundant Life Gospel Church had 14 branches all over Nigeria.

Bishop Kola later moved to Lagos, Nigeria to plant another Church in October 1991. As an Evangelist to the core, he believed in grass root, one-on-one soul winning. He fulfilled this vision through Kola Onaolapo World Outreach Ministry, (KOWOM) through which he conducted evangelistic crusades around the world.

His world outreach journeys around the world took him on several occasions to West African Countries, the United Kingdom, Canada and United States (especially Baltimore, Maryland in US), during which he built working relationships with Church leaders and Ministers of God. He also worked selflessly with other great men of God through affiliations with Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria(PFN), Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), United International Association of Pentecostal Bishops and Kingdomway College of Bishops, Maryland, United States.He was married to Rev (Mrs.) Janet Onaolapo and the marriage was blessed with 4 children. He was called to glory on the 14th of Oct. 2012