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 Suehn Mission School,Suehn, Liberia. Upon a bitter experience of the Liberian civil war, he attended Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA where he received the A.A. degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Business and Mercer University in Macon, GA where he received the BA degree with a double major in Religion and Sociology. Dr. Menjay has studied and received additional degrees from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina and 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, and Vice President and Chair on the Human Rights Advocacy Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. He is the youngest to be elected to serve as a Vice President of the BWA, the largest protestant body in the world, for 2010-2015. 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.
“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).
While serving at Ricks, Dr. Menjay serves as an assistant professor in the Roberts Department of Christianity 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 the 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 aims to resurrect from the ashes of destruction, looting, bloodshed, and pains, and to provide quality education for the Liberian children. Under his leadership, the school offered free primary education from 2006-2011.
Dr. Menjay is married to Ottolee Moncy Menjay and they both live on Ricks in Virginia, Liberia with their beautiful children Orlaine Mia and Olu Q.