Joshua Bogunjoko

SIM (Serving In Mission)
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Dr. Joshua Bogunjoko brings two decades of leadership and mission experience to his role as the first African leader of SIM, a large missions organisation serving in 80 countries. He is also a family physician with years of experience in surgery. He holds a Masters in Leadership and Management from Briercrest College, Saskatchewan. 

Sent by their church in Nigeria, Joshua and his wife, Joanna, also a medical doctor, were among the first missionaries sent outside of Nigeria by the Evangelical Mission Society. They joined SIM in 1995.

Joshua was raised in a nominally Christian family but gave his life to Christ in his mission high school, where he was absorbed into a vibrant student fellowship on campus. He was discipled and prepared for baptism by his Bible teacher, a Canadian missionary, the late Beth Webb.

Towards the end of high school, he heard the Lord challenge him, “What about those dying in hospitals?” Although he had never been to a hospital, he began to pursue medical training, with little thought of missions work.

However, during medical school, he went to a Christian youth conference where the Lord challenged him. After reading a missionary biography, On Our Way Rejoicing by Ingrid Trobisch, he completely surrendered to this calling.

During his 25 years with SIM, he has served as chief medical officer and later director of Galmi Hospital, Niger, West Africa, and as SIM’s Deputy International Director for Europe and West Africa. Since 2013, he has served as the International Director of SIM.

Joshua and Joanna have two grown-up children, Jochebed and Joel. Their life verse comes from Psalm 67:1-3.