Bishop of Liberia Installed as 11th Primate & Metropolitan Archbishop of The Church of The Province of West Africa:
At a very spirit filled Thanksgiving service on Sunday, 3rd March, 2019 at the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Broad Street, Monrovia, Liberia, Archbishop Jonathan Hart, currently Bishop of Liberia and Archbishop of the internal province of West Africa, was installed as the 11th Primate and Metropolitan Archbishop of the entire West Africa province. The Church of the Province of West Africa has two internal provinces: Ghana, covering the dioceses in that country; and West Africa, covering dioceses in The Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Cameroon. Archbishop Jonathan succeeds Archbishop Daniel Yinkah Sarfo, 10th Primate, Archbishop of the internal province of Ghana and Bishop of Kumasi.
Archbishop Jonathan was consecrated Bishop of Liberia on 2nd of March 2008 and elected Archbishopof the Internal province of West Africa in May 2014. Anglicans have been present in Liberia since 1836. Until 1982, the Anglican Church in Liberia was a missionary diocese of the US-based Episcopal Church. In November 1981 TEC’s Executive Council agreed to Liberia’s request to become part of the Province of West Africa; and the transfer took place on 18 March 1982. Archbishop Jonathan is the second Bishop of Liberia to have served as Archbishop and Primate of the Province of West Africa.
Archbishop Jonathan Hart will continue to serve as Bishop of Liberia and Archbishop of the Internal province of West Africa. In addition to his role as Bishop of Liberia, Archbishop Jonathan is Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cuttington University in Suacoco,
Liberia, where he previously graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Divinity. He also holds an honorary doctorate from Cuttington; having obtained a Master’s Degree in Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School in Massachusetts, US.
Archbishop Jonathan has served as Head of the Inter-Religious Council and President of the Liberia Council of Churches.
This arrangement is in fulfilment to a constitutional amendment made on 28th September, 2012, where the Primacy of the Province is on a 5 year rotational basis between the Archbishops of the Internal provinces in the Church of the Province of West Africa.