The Liberia Council of Churches or LCC, representing various Christian denominations in the country inducts in office new corps of officers who will steer the affairs of the Council for the next two years.
The LCC says the induction of new of officers-elect is to provide leadership role at this critical stage in the history of Liberia. Those inducted in office include Rev. Dr. Kortu K. Brown, Bishop of Apostolic Pentecostal Church, President; Rev. Dr. Jense Senyenkulo, 1st Vice President, and Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, 2nd Vice President, and President of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Education Convention, respectively.
Others are Rev. Christopher Wleh Toe, General Secretary, and President Elder Council of the AME Zion Church, and Rev. Deborah D. Toe, Presiding Elder AME Church, Treasurer.
The ceremony was held at the Eliza Turner African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church on Camp Johnson Road, Monrovia. A national embodiment of Churches, the LCC was established in 1982 following the military coup that led to the assassination of Liberia’s 19th President and Chairman of the then Organization of African Unity now the African Union, Dr. William R. Tolbert.
In his induction speech, Dr. Kortu K. Brown, who succeeds Episcopal Bishop Dr. Jonathan B.B. Harte, says the church is an institution that people look up to in times of decision-making.
He notes that the LCC was established 25 years ago to primarily promote Christian unity, values and service, adding that it has tried to live up to expectations amidst challenges.
Dr. Brown continues that the Council has worked with the Liberian people through programs of mediation, advocacy, and reconciliation, among others, noting that when the civil war broke out in 19 89, the churches held the ground in villages, towns, and cities across the country.
He recalls that when the war entered Tubmanburg, Bomi County where he and his family sought refuge Church pastors helped to intercede through local congregations and gave hope to rural population.
Presenting the newly indicted officers to the congregation, the former Secretary General of the Liberia Council of Churches, Dr. Benjamin D. Lartey says the new leadership comes at the time when Liberia is at the crossroads.
He says the Council is glad to have the new leadership, because it will take up the responsibility to act on issues as leaders in the country. “When there is a crisis affecting the citizens in a nation, people of that nation don’t only look up to government to solve the crisis, but they also rely on the church to find remedy to the situation, and this is when the church comes in, because the church has a great impact on the society”, he emphasizes.
He cautions that if any situation arose and the church doesn’t make an impact to find a remedy, people begin to ask about the role of the church, assuring, “We the church, especially this new leadership will have to work together in making decision on matters that affect the country.”
Dr. Lartey calls on the new leadership to be proactive, adding that some people come from different denominations and if unity must prevail in the church, there is need to work together for the sustainability of the peace that every citizen enjoys today.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne