Speakers Bureau: Remi Adeleke
Former Navy Seal, Youth Pastor, Speaker
As a part of America’s most elite fighting unit, Remi Adeleke had the opportunity to see and do things men and women have only dreamt about. Remi will be the first to admit that he has an exciting job, but what is even more remarkable is his story which begins in a small country in Western Africa.
The son of a well-known Nigerian engineer and a homemaker, Remi lived the life of opulence; but in 1987 that all changed when his father suddenly died. With his father’s death also came the death of their luxurious lifestyle, and the beginning of a life filled with constant adversity and struggles.
Stripped of everything by the Nigerian government, Remi and His mother permanently relocate to one of the toughest inner cities in America- Bronx, N.Y. Though austere, the Bronx proved to be the perfect environment to prepare Remi for his future as a Navy Seal, and also to instill a key lesson that he teaches to this day- perseverance.
After years of running the streets, fighting, and participating in nefarious activities, Remi decided to make a change in his life. In the early summer of 2002 he enlisted in the U.S Navy, and embarked on a journey that reads like a Hollywood Script.
In 2008 Jesus finally got Remi’s attention. God allowed him to fall so low that he had no choice but to lean on Him, learn from Him, and finally acknowledge Him. And upon acknowledging Christ Remi realized that the father he yearned to have (after the death of his father) was with him all along.
In January of 2013, God’s call on Remi’s life led him out of ten and a half years of active duty, and into the Navy Reserves in order to serve in ministry full time. He is currently a Youth Pastor at his local church, and has just become an “I Am Second Ambassador”. Remi is also an equal partner/owner of Acumen Performance Group a consulting company which facilitates mental toughness, leadership, and team building events for Olympians, pro athletes and corporations.
God has blessed Remi with a multitude of experiences as a minister of the Gospel. During two deployments with the Seal Teams Remi volunteered as a Lay Leader for his team, conducting weekly church services as well as Bible studies. He has been invited to speak at a variety of events from memorial services, singles conferences, Church events, Ministry Launches, colleges, high schools, athletic teams, festivals, and anniversary services.