Olu Q. Menjay is a native of Liberia (West Africa). He received his early education at the St. Mary’s Catholic School in Sanniquellie, Liberia and graduated from high school at Suehn Mission School, Suehn Mecca, Liberia. After a bitter experience of the Liberian civil war, he attended Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA where he received the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Business. Dr. Menjay received the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a double major in Religion and Sociology (with honors) from Mercer University in Macon, GA. He has studied and received additional degrees including a Master of Divinity (M.Div) from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina and a Master of Sacred Theology (STM) degree with concentration in Church, Society and Christian Missions from Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He has done post-graduate research in Contextual Missiology with emphasis in African Christianity and Education in Contemporary African society, and holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) from the University of Wales, United Kingdom through the International Baptist Theological Seminary, in Praha, Czech Republic. His dissertation focuses on 19th and 20th centuries African American Christian Mission's contribution on Education in Liberia and its Contemporary implications.
Dr. Menjay is the President of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention. He served from 2010-2015 as Vice President Baptist World Alliance (BWA) as well as Chair on the Human Rights Advocacy Commission of the BWA. Dr. Menjay, a son of a Liberian Baptist preacher, is a licensed and ordained minister of the gospel. He served as the Assistant to the Pastor for Administration at 5000-member Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, NC. Also, in November 2017, he was elected and currently serves as Second Vice President of the Liberia Council of Churches.
“The love of learning and the desire for God” has landed him in countries worldwide. Some of his published works include a paper presented in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the “Freedom and Justice Commission” of the Baptist World Alliance in July 2003 entitled: “The Church in Crisis-Torn Liberia: Do We Really Believe in the Resurrection?” published in July 2005 in the Baptist World Alliance’s Baptist Faith and Witness III; the article, “’In the Beginning:’ Assessing the Interactions Between the Colonists and the Natives of Liberia (1825-1829)” in the American Baptist Quarterly in December 2004; and the article entitled “Confronting the Liberia Crisis through the Lenses of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” in The African American Pulpit Journal (Winter 2003-2004).
Dr. Menjay has served on a number of professional boards and committees, and continues to invest in the transformation of the next generation of servant leaders. As a public servant, from 2011 to 2013, he served as Chair of the Board of Director at the Liberia Telecommunication Corporation through the appointment by the President of Liberia, Madan Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
While serving at Ricks Institute, Dr. Menjay serves as a visiting assistant professor in the Roberts Department of Religion in Mercer University's college of Liberal Arts.
Dr. Menjay returned to Liberia in February 2005 to serve as Chief Administrative Officer and Principal of Ricks Institute, a community of learning and faith. The campus facilities, located about 15 miles from Liberia’s capital Monrovia, were severely looted and vandalized as a result of the brutal Liberian civil war, which started on the eve of Christmas 1989. The campus served as battle ground during the civil war. Through the leadership of Dr. Menjay, Ricks endures to resurrect from the ashes of destruction, looting, and pains, while aiming to offer quality and relevant education in Liberia. Under his leadership, from 2006-2011, the school offered free primary education.
In a book entitled Portraits of Courage: Stories of Baptist Heroes, published in 2008 and authors by Julie Long, amongst several exceptional Baptists worldwide including U.S. civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Social Gospel movement leader Dr. Walter Rauschenbusch, a trailblazer of Baptist formation Rev. John Smyth, and famous Baptist missionary to China Lottie Moon, Dr. Menjay is characterized as “Baptist Rebuilder,” specifically with his sacrificial work in rejuvenating Ricks Institute.
His outstanding ability to revive broken institutions has earned Dr. Menjay many opportunities to appear on several renowned news outlets. Noticeably, on Monday, June 12, 2006, he was featured on the front page of The Boston Globe in an article entitled “Reviving a School Ravaged by War,” and on December 14, 2006 he appeared on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio 4’ Crossing Continents.
Dr. Menjay is the father of two beautiful children, Orlaine Mia and Olu Q.