The Rev. Ayo Omoniyi
Ayo is a deacon, called to an ordained ministry of service. He is married to Tope, and they have three beautiful children, two in college and one in high school. When he’s not working and serving at church, he loves playing cards, listening to reggae music, and cooking.
Born in Nigeria, he was baptized, and confirmed in the Church of Nigeria, part of the Anglican Communion. He has deep roots with other family members in church ministry. His grandfather was one of the first ordained catechists by the missionaries in Odo-owa, Ekiti State, Nigeria. His brother was ordained as a priest in the Anglican Church of Nigeria at 23 years old.
Ayo came to the United States in May of 1983 to further his educational goals, and attended Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan. Michigan was uncomfortably cold, so he relocated to Oklahoma City in January of 1984.
He holds an Associate of Arts from El-Reno Junior College, El-Reno, Oklahoma (1986), a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (Public Relations) from Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma (1987) and a Master of Criminal Justice Administration from Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma city, Oklahoma (1992).
Ayo moved to Texas upon completing his graduate degree and secured employment with Texas Youth Commission. He and his family moved to Keller from St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Odessa in April, 2012 and became members of St. Martin’s. He retired from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department as a Monitoring and Inspection Specialist (Lead), and continues to work in Dallas County in juvenile services.
Ayo began the deaconate process in the Diocese of Northwest Texas, and continued it in our diocese; he was ordained at St. Martin’s on December 18, 2017. “Overall it is about giving gratitude to the Almighty for his merciful blessings and his grace.”
We are blessed to have Ayo continue ministry and service at our church; we will see him continue to lead in our worship, and to work among us.