Bishop John Innis
Liberia Episcopal Area
P.O. Box 10-1010
Tubman Blvd @ 13th Street
Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa
231 886517 192
John G. Innis was born to Philip Dwah and Conwree Innis in Grand Bassa County, Liberia. He obtained his elementary and secondary education from the Camphor United Methodist Mission School and the Bassa High School respectively, in Grand Bassa County. He later enrolled at the University of Liberia after teaching for two years at Camphor Mission and earned a B.Sc. in Education from the William V. S. Tubman Teachers' College.
Upon his graduation from the University of Liberia, Innis again returned to Camphor Mission as principal and served for an additional eight years. In 1985, he was awarded a Crusade Scholarship for post-graduate work at the Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri, where he obtained a Master of Divinity Degree (M.Div.) in 1988.
Dr. Innis returned to Liberia in June of the same year and again resumed work at Camphor, this time as director of the mission station and pastor of the Garfield Memorial United Methodist Church in Tubmanville. During the height of the Liberian Civil War which started in December 1989, the mission station became a place of refuge for thousands of displaced persons. The campus remained opened until 1993 when it was raided by rebels and Rev. Innis was severely beaten and almost killed in the process. He was, in 1994, appointed as Administrative Assistant to the incumbent United Methodist Bishop, the Rev. Dr. Arthur F. Kulah. Rev. Innis served in this position until 1996 when he was employed as Executive Secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries in New York. While working in the United States, Rev. Innis had the opportunity to further his academic status. He received a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Christian Leadership at Columbus University in Metairie, Louisiana, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Church Administration from the Institute of Christian Works, Burlington, Washington.
Rev. Innis was ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church in 1989 in Greenville, Sinoe County and an elder in 1991 in Ganta, Nimba County. He was elected bishop on the first ballot at the West Africa Central Conference of The United Methodist Church held in Monrovia in December 2000, and assigned to the Liberia Area of The United Methodist Church. In 2003, he was additionally assigned to the Cote d'Ivoire to give supervision to The United Methodist Church there, which he did until the election of Bishop Benjamin Boni in March of 2005.
Dr. Innis has traveled extensively throughout Africa, Asia, Europe and the United States. Abingdon Press published his first book, his autobiography, By the Goodness of God. He serves as Vice President of the Liberia Council of Churches and is also President of the Central Conferences College of Bishops.
He is married to Irene Janjay Zeon and God has blessed their union with four children: Chenda, Janjay, Bleejay and Blason.