AME Church Elects First Liberian Bishop
Posted July 16, 2004
The African Methodist Episcopal Church Compact worldwide has elected the first Liberian bishop. He is Rev. Dr. David Rwhynica Daniels, Jr. who is taking charge of the 14th Episcopal District which comprises of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Benin.
Bishop Daniels was elected, consecrated and assigned to the 14th Episcopal District during the 47th General Conference of the AME Church held in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Prepared, equipped and empowered by God to make a difference in the African Methodism especially in Africa, Bishop Daniels was called in 1989 to serve as pastor of the Eliza Turner Memorial AME Church by Bishop John R. Bryant. He served twice in the capacity as pastor of the Eliza Turner AME Church which is the first church of the Liberian Annual Conference.
Rev. Daniels, a son of the soil, born in Rivercess and raised in Liberia, received primary and secondary education in Liberia. He is a graduate of Allen University in Columbia, and obtained Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbia and honorary doctorate degree from AME University, West Africa, which he was instrumental in organizing.
Bishop Daniels, prior to his election, was the pastor of
the Turner Memorial AME Church in West Columbia.
A committed family man, Rev. Daniels is married to Irene Moifoi Clement Daniels, a union which is proud of four daughters.
He is the founder of the Frank R. Reid, Jr. Christian School in Monrovia and founder of the Bryant Theological Seminary in Monrovia.