31 December 2012

Liberia: Rev. Joseph T. Allison Buried

The remains of retired Pastor Joseph T. Allison of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, who died on December 6 at 72, were interred Friday at the Duport Road cemetery following funeral rites at the St. Peter's Lutheran Church on 14th Street in Sinkor, where the Lutheran Bishop, Rt. Rev. Jensen Seyenkolo, led hundreds of mourners including an array of Lutheran pastors as he delivered a brief but moving eulogy depicting the exemplary life which the late clergyman lived.

Bishop Seyenkolo said the late Rev. Allison, who served the Lutheran Church in Liberia in mainly education and religious activities for more than four decades until his retirement in 2001, was "a man of patience, vision, dedication and commitment."

"Though man may not have seen or heard all," Bishop Seyenkolo noted, "that morning the Lord called Reverend Allison, He told him: 'Servant, you have done well. Come home and rest.'"

Born 26 November 1940 unto the union Mr. Yekewulo and Mrs. Youngor Kalakolo in Gwiemu near Sanoyea in Bong County, young Tuluwo, receive primary education at the Lutheran Mission school in Sanoyea under the guardian of Mr. Samuel Bangura and Mother Lillian Hill Allison, who christened him 'Joseph Tuluwo Allison.'

He earned his high school diploma from LTI in Salayea, Lofa County in 1958 and later studied church ministry and education at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, North Dakota, USA. Upon return, Allison was assigned at St. Peter's Lutheran church as a teacher and deacon, while he enrolled and earned BSc in Elementary Education from the University of Liberia.

Deacon Joe Allison, beginning the early 1960s, worked alongside American Lutheran missionary Pastors Arnold Moede, Charles Koons and Rev. Joseph C. Wold. After Rev. Ronald J. Diggs who also mentored Allison, was elected Bishop of the LCL, Rev. Allison was promoted as pastor in charge of St. Peter's Lutheran Parish in 1994.

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