A Grace-filled Son, Friend, Husband, Father, Counselor, Evangelical, Companion, Listener, Writer, Chaplain, Pastor, Connector and Adventurous child of God.
Having lost his father at an early age, a life-long Anglican and churchman, The Reverend Dr. Moses ’Kunle Sowale grew up in the seminary; Immanuel College of Theology Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria where his eldest brother, the Rev. Dr. Samuel Sowale (now Bishop Sowale), was then a lecturer. Moses attended both elementary and high school at Immanuel College Primary and High School Ibadan. He studied Electrical Engineering at Kwara State Polytechnic before returning to Immanuel College of Theology for his seminarian studies. He was ordained into the diaconate in June 2002 and priesthood in July 2003.
In Nigeria, Moses served at Bishop Akinyele Memorial Anglican Church Iwo Road, Ibadan (2002-2005) and St. Paul’s Anglican Church Yemetu Ibadan (2005-2007) as curate and youth chaplain. As a result of his interest in using pastoral care to support the empowerment of women and youth, he founded The Voice Christian Center for Family Development, Pastoral Care and Counseling which is now officially registered as a faith-based non-governmental organization called Fingerprint Pastoral Care and Counseling Center, Nigeria. While engaged in these ministries Moses also completed his bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies at the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria between 2003 and 2006.
Moses’ passion for pastoral care and human liberation led him to seek further education in the United States where he earned a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry (Care and Counseling) from Boston College in 2009. While at BC, Moses served as an associate priest and high school Sunday school teacher at All Saint’s Parish Brookline.
After the completion of his master’s degree, Moses worked at Advocates Inc. as a counselor and also completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Brighton, and Havenwood Heritage Heights Concord, New Hampshire. In 2013, Moses received the Jonathan M. Daniels fellowship award from Episcopal Divinity School Cambridge MA in recognition of his works in the city of Brockton and The Voice’ project. In August 2014, Moses completed and defended his thesis project “When the Lion Befriends the Lamb; Empowerment of Women in a Patriarchal Society; the Yorubas as a case study,” and was awarded the degree for the Doctor of Ministry at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge Massachusetts.
In 2010, Moses served as a missionary and evangelist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Brockton, and since then, he pioneered a new congregation called Grace Chapel (Episcopal/Anglican Church) Brockton. As a missioner at Grace Chapel, he founded the Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade Brockton, an outreach youth program and the Abigail’s Project, a women outreach program. A committed listener, mentor, evangelist, and counselor, Moses is an active voice and witness for the oppressed, women’s empowerment, youth development, care for the poor and a deep passion for family and communal life.
In 2016, Dr. Moses Sowale was chosen for the Outstanding Faith, Justice and Leadership Award by the South Shore Leadership Conference. The South Shore Regional Community Excellence Awards celebrates and acknowledges the outstanding work of individuals and organizations, as identified and determined by fellow community members. Recognizing that there are many people working every day to strengthen the community in their own way, this event provides an opportunity for the community to collectively thank those who demonstrate exceptional work, inspire hope, and promote excellence.
The Reverend Dr. Moses ‘Kunle Sowale is a pioneer of the Theology of Uniqueness and has created a curriculum called IESSP (Identity, Educational, Spiritual and Social Plan) teaching that equality can be achieved without the need for sameness. He strives to serve as a bridge between groups and individuals with differing points of view. His greatest goal in life is to be able to tell his stories in all of their glory and blemishes, thereby giving others permission to embrace their own stories as sacred and life-giving. Moses enjoys playing lawn tennis, online soccer, and networking. Moses is married to Comfort, and they are blessed with two boys.