Apostle Joshua Selman Biography: Marriage, Wife and Children

Who is Apostle Joshua Selman?

Apostle Joshua Selman is a Nigerian gospel minister, singer and televangelist. He is the founder and senior pastor of the Eternity Network International (ENI) church which is also known as “Koinonia”.

He has been cited as one of the 100 most influential Christian ministers in Nigeria by some sources.

Apostle Joshua Selman’s childhood and education

Apostle Joshua Selman’s full name is Joshua Selman Nimmak. He was born on June 25, 1980, in Jos, Plateau State as the second child of four children. The 41-year-old minister is originally from Zaria, Kaduna State. He obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State.

Selman was raised in a devout Christian home which contributed to his passion for ministerial work. It was said that as a child he preferred being alone and just studying the word of God and praying to going out to play with his peers.

According to reports gathered by DNB Stories Africa, his late maternal grandfather, Reverend Rindap Damina Bawado was the first president of the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) from 1951 to 1981.

How Apostle Joshua Selman became a minister

Apostle Selman started his ministerial career right from a tender age. His strong Christian background helped him to develop the courage to preach and share the gospel. It was said that the vibrant pastor became born again as a child during his secondary school days.

According to reports, Selman and some friends embarked on a ministerial journey right from their campus days, evangelising and performing miracles in the name of Christ. However, they backslid at some point after their belief was referred to as “heresy”.

Selman re-traced his steps back to his faith and belief after he had an encounter on December 2, 2002, when, according to him, someone tapped him in his sleep and he immediately knew it was Jesus when he woke up, though he couldn’t explain how he knew.

Apostle Joshua Selman minstering

He became an assistant pastor at Christ Gospel Church, Samaru, Zaria in Kaduna upon his graduation from school, neglecting his profession as an engineer. He would later on become a senior pastor at the same ministry before he started his own church in 2011.

Apostle Joshua Selman founded his church, the Eternity Network International (ENI) in March 2011 in Zaria at the age of 30. Prior to this, he has organized different crusades, revivals, and apostolic conferences within the country, especially in the Northern part and already garnered some reputation for his style of preaching.

Selman has made it known that he is influenced by globally recognized men of God, including the likes of Bishop David O. Oyedepo, Reinhard Bonnke, Benny Hinn, T. L Osbourne, among others.

About Eternity Network International (ENI) church

Eternity Network International (ENI) is also known as “Koinonia” which is a Greek word for “Christian fellowship with God or fellow Christians”. The church is located at 15/16 Alin Basawa Road, CGC, opposite 2nd ECWA Church, New Extension, Samaru, Zaria.

The church is known for its focus on demonstrating the power of the Holy Spirit, revealing the Kingdom’s wealth, and financing God’s end-time agenda.

The ministry also has a Bible School concerned with the training and mentoring of individuals who are passionate about the work of God.

Wiki Profile of Apostle Joshua Selman

Full nameJoshua Selman Nimmak
State of originKaduna
Age41 years old
Date of birthJune 25 1980
Marital statusSingle
Alma matterAhmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna
CareerGospel minister/Evangelist

Apostle Joshua Selman‘s marriage and wedding

As of the time of writing this post, Apostle Joshua Selman is not married and does not have a wife.

The man of God has made it known that he is giving up his all, including his desire for marriage, for his ministerial duties as a pastor.

However, it was speculated that Selman was dating and engaged to one Sandra Chinelo Areh and that they were planning on getting married in 2020.

Apostle Joshua Selman‘s relationship with Sandra Chinelo Areh

Apostle Joshua Selman was speculated to be engaged to Sandra Chinelo Areh after a friend of his identified as Olufukeji Ejimi Adegbeye made a post in 2019 to celebrate Sandra’s birthday.

The man in his post thanked Sandra for supporting Selman’s ministry, referring to her as “Selwoman” and even insinuated that there might be a wedding ceremony the following year.

Selman and Sandra Chinelo Areh have also been seen attending crusades and church programs together and also taking pictures together. However, none of them has affirmed or debunked the rumours of their relationship and engagement.

Apostle Joshua Selman and Sandra Chinelo Areh attending an event together.

About Apostle Joshua Selman Joshua’s wife

As of the time of publishing this post (March 2022), Apostle Joshua Selman has no wife. The young pastor is expected to eventually get married at the appropriate time.

Apostle Joshua Selman‘s children

As of the time of writing this report, Apostle Joshua Selman has no biological children of his own. There is no information about him fathering a child with any woman.

However, the gospel minister has several “spiritual children” who look up to him as a father all over the world.

Who is Sandra Chinelo Areh?

Sandra Chinelo Areh is Apostle Joshua Selman’s alleged girlfriend/fiancee. She is reported to be part of the media crew of Joshua’s ministry in its early days and they both met in Zaria.

Sandra Chinelo Areh is said to be the creative director of an interior and exterior decoration company called “Nels Tiptop Designs”.

According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Sandra Chinelo Areh is an orphan from Anambra state. She was born on December 9 but her exact date of birth and age is not known. However, she speculated to be in her early 30s,

The young lady lost her father in 2005 and her mother in 2020. She is said to have lived most part of her life in Zaria and even schooled there, graduating in 2013.

She obtained a degree in Mass Communication from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state and was said to have worked as the Personal Assistant to a legislator of the National House of Representatives of Nigeria.

Sandra Chinelo Areh is said to have described herself as a “cuisine connoisseur” and she is mostly seen at religious gatherings or conferences attended or organized by Apostle Selman.

Apostle Joshua Selman‘s controversial statement

Apostle Joshua Selman was heavily criticized in the media in July 2020 after he made a controversial statement during a pastor’s conference. The man of God had said that anyone who desires to be successful and popular in Nigeria must step foot in Lagos or Abeokuta as the cities are prophetically covenanted in the spiritual realm for those who understand the things of the spirit.

The statement caused an uproar in the media and was received with some criticism by his fans and believers. It led to disagreement, bantering, and even name-calling which made the apostle clear the air in an interview with Pastor Dele Osunmakinde.

Selman made it known that he is human and it is only normal for him to make mistakes. He said the statement was not taught as a doctrine, adding that he is still a student who takes corrections anytime he is called to it provided it is God’s truth. He advised that the public should make constructive criticism and make corrections with love rather than finding joy in bringing a person down.

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28 Comments on “Apostle Joshua Selman Biography: Marriage, Wife and Children”

    1. Go on Koinonia global, either on Facebook or u tube, u will have details on their account numbers and etc. Koinonia is a apostle’s weekly program.

  1. The grace of God upon the life of Apostle Joshua Selman has so tamed my life to discover my roll and responsibilities in the church of Christ. May God continue increasing him for our sake in Jesus name. Amen

  2. Good morning and God bless you Sir/ Ma. Kindly send a phone no I can communicate with. Thank you Sir/Ma

    1. I listened to that message and I could relate to it .
      Apostle is a spiritual man and it could be a rhema he received. Why criticize him ? What did he say that was amiss? Do christians not go to Jerusalem on pilgrimage? What if somebody decides to go to the place where Christianity started in Nigeria and connects with that place? May God bless him and reward for his great service to the kingdom of God.

  3. Glory be to GOD Almighty,the author and finisher of our faith. I have been listining to somany’s of his messages and be bless from it,and i ask that may the LORD,GOD Almighty provide according to his need in JESUS Name..! AMEN.

    1. A real man must be criticised and must respond positively to what is said so that those who lack straight minds have no room for argument
      bigup sir

  4. I thank God for the life of his son “apostle Joshua selman”, that he has been using to bring salvation and lifting to the body of Christ. Me particularly, may Almighty Yahweh elevate and continue to develop him according to his will and purposes in Jesus tremendous name amen.

  5. After listening to this man of God today it feels like I’m just hearing the word of God for the first time

  6. May the good Lord keep this ministry going, I am actually inspired on the teaching and prayers. God bless you richly.

  7. I have gone through your blog and I congratulate you on writing an excellent article about Apostle selman, It was very informative and interesting,I was really bless by it,thanks.

  8. I have not seen Apostle selman physically but I follow him online and his messages have touched my life deeply. I pray that God Almighty will continue to uphold him and guide him even in his marital decision in Jesus name amen

  9. Pls am looking for the correct address of koinonia global Abuja and also days of their weekly activities that I can participate atleast in one

  10. Please i Will line to ne part of Kolonia ministry but i am not in Nigeria could somebody help me with their email address?

  11. @kate please do not defend a statement that the minister himself apologized for. your idolizing him does not work out your salvation in Christ. God has raised men and women of influence and anointing and believe me the majority of them have not been to Nigeria or Israel, God in his word has shown over and over that he is not a respector of persons, he will call and anoint an available vessel irregardless of age, location, tribe, etc… please as we follow these men of God let’s guard our hearts from idolatry/worship of mare men. Shalom.

  12. I love Apostle Joshua Selman’s preaching , May God continue to bless, guide, protect and give you more wisdom in Jesus mighty name Amen

  13. This is one of the great man of god of our time. He preaches the truth without hiding. He prepares people for the true faith and holiness for eh eternity. I follow the man more than any apostle I have ever followed. I am getting the truth I have looking. I pray for the abundant grace of God to manifest in his life and ministry in Jesu name. Amen.
    Please my fellow people, take the faith this man is preaching and you will be changed and saved for Jesus is saving people through him.

  14. May God keep the apostle strong and healthy. We need people like him who inspire the whole generation to anyone who listen to his preaching. You are Indeed a great Man of God. I pray one day i finally get a chance to ever meet you my spiritual mentor

  15. I am very excited to be a followers of this man of God, Sir I appreciate God for his calling upon your life,and i am grateful that you accepted the call of God upon your life. I am from LIBERIA . May God continue to bless you and protect you. AMEN

  16. Great post! 🙌 It’s always fascinating to learn more about influential personalities like Apostle Joshua Selman. His teachings and insights have touched the lives of many. I’m particularly interested in his views on marriage and family life. It would be wonderful to hear more about how he balances his ministry with his personal life and the values he upholds in his marriage. Thanks for sharing this insightful piece! 👍😊 #ApostleJoshuaSelman #MarriageAndFamilyLife #InspirationalTeachings

  17. This I atrue servant of God I have been following his sermon and downloading them for my review and the breakthrough igot only God is my witness and I will continue to listen his teachings until Jesus Christ coming Amen 🙏🙏🙏


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