The St. John United Methodist Church in Harrisburg Township, Montserrado County, Liberia has been renovated through the gifts and contributions from the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church based in the USA. The renovation was followed by a re-consecration ceremony of the church which was presided over by Bishop John G. Innis of the Liberia Area of the UMC and Bishop John Hopkins of the East Ohio Conference, UMC on Friday, March 1, 2013.
Located near the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant in White Plains, the St. John UMC was constructed in 1950 and is considered one of the oldest Methodist churches in the area that is impacting the spiritual lives of many in the community and those hailing from that part of the county. It was destroyed during the Liberian Civi
l War which lasted for 14 years. Though church was hard hit during the Liberian Civil War it still remained serviceable prior its renovation.
In separate remarks, Bishop Innis said, he hoped that the church will be a place of refuge for those who thirst for the Good News of Jesus Christ and the needy in life. He also thanked the people of the East Ohio Conference for their contributions and gifts to the work of church here in Liberia.
For his part, Bishop Hopkins of the East Ohio Conference called on members of the St. John UMC the entire United Methodist Church of Liberia to keep the unity of the church for the achievement of the Great Commission. He pledged conference commitment to support the local United Methodist Churches in Liberia. He also lauded Bishop Innis for his farsightedness in making international contacts and connections which make development possible for the LAC/UMC. “Our relationship is a friendly one” the visiting Bishop concluded.
St. John UMC is a part of the St. Paul River District which is presided over by Rev. Christopher Marshall as the District Superintendent.