17 September 2012

Liberia: Council of Churches Inducts New Leadership -Bishop Hart Becomes President

The 28th General Assembly of the Liberian Council of Churches has elected a new corps of officers to steer the affairs of the council for a 2-year term.

The assembly elected the officers today, Friday, September 14, 2012 at the Susan Brooks AME Church where the Council convened for 2 days to review its activities and set its agenda for the ensuing year.

Those elected were:

1.    Rev. Dr. Jonathan B.B. Hart, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Liberia, as President; [replacing the former Bishop of the AME Church in Liberia, Rev. Dr. David Daniels]

2.    Rev. Dr. Kortu K. Brown, Bishop of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Liberia, as First Vice President;

3.    Rt. Rev. John Koroma, Archbishop of the Church of the Lord Aladura, as Second Vice President; and

4.    Rt. Rev. Charles R. H. Johnson, Administrative Assistant to the Bishop of the AME Zion Church, as Treasurer

The 28th general assembly of the council of churches also confirmed Brother James Y, Gayflor of the Lutheran Church in Liberia as the newly selected GENERAL SECRETARY for a 3-year term, replacing Dr. Benjamin Lartey who served in that position for 8 (eight) years with a one-year extension.

Inducting the newly elected officers, Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, Resident Bishop of the United Methodist Church urged delegates to the Convention to work for the unity of the Church in Liberia and cooperate with the newly elected officers to move the Council forward.

In his induction speech, the newly installed President of the council pledged to work with all to unite and move the council forward. Bishop Hart called on members of the council not to elect them and abandon them

The general assembly was held under the Theme: “WORKING TOGETHER WORKS” with Scripture Text from I Corinthians 12: 20-25. Sister Mary Laurine Browne, President of the Catholic-run Stella Maris Polytechnic in Monrovia who served as Keynote Speaker on Thursday, September 13, 2012 called on Christians to complement each other and avoid schism in the building of God’s church and the nation.

The Liberian Council of Churches (LCC) is the premier church umbrella organization in Liberia. It was organized in 1982 and has a current membership of about 26 churches and para-church organizations spread across the country. LCC membership includes Episcopalians, Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Presbyterians, etc.

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