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The Rev. Dr. James Labala

West Africa Central Conference

The Rev. Dr. James Z. Labala is superintendent of the Gbarnga Mission Station and associate dean of the

Gbarnga School of Theology in Gbarnga City, Liberia. As the mission station superintendent, he is in charge of development and maintenance. He has led upgrades of facilities including the guesthouse, carpentry shop, the gymnasium and library of the Tubman Gray United Methodist High School and one of the theology school classroom buildings.

He previously has served as Gompa District superintendent in Liberia; senior pastor of Miller McAllister United Methodist Church in Ganta, Liberia; director of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission in Liberia and other conference leadership roles. From 1989 to 1996, he was a project implementation engineer for Liberia’s Ministry of Health. In that role, he supervised the construction and maintenance of public health facilities.

He has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of Liberia; a bachelor of theology from Gbarnga School of Theology; a master of theology of Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington.

He is married to the Rev. Dr. Anna Kaydor Labala.