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The Church of the Province of West Africa
West Africa
is a province of the Anglican
Anglican
Communion, covering 17 dioceses in eight countries of West Africa, specifically in Cameroon, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal
Senegal
and Sierra Leone. Ghana
Ghana
is the country with most dioceses, now numbering 11. The previous primate of the province was Solomon Tilewa Johnson, Archbishop of Gambia, who died unexpectedly on 21 January 2014.

Contents

1 History 2 Membership 3 Structure

3.1 Dioceses and bishops

4 Worship and liturgy 5 Doctrine and practice 6 Ordination
Ordination
of women 7 Ecumenical relations 8 Anglican
Anglican
realignment 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

History[edit] Missionary work began in Ghana
Ghana
in 1752. The Church of the Province of West Africa
West Africa
was established in 1951 by the bishops of five West African dioceses (Accra, Lagos, Niger, Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
and the Diocese
Diocese
of Gambia
Gambia
and Guinea) with the consent of the Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1977 they were joined by the Diocese
Diocese
of Liberia. In February 1979, the new Church of Nigeria
Church of Nigeria
was inaugurated as a separate province. In 1981 Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone
was divided into the Diocese
Diocese
of Freetown and the new missionary Diocese
Diocese
of Bo and four new Ghanaian dioceses of Cape Coast, Koforidua, Sekondi and Sunyani/Tamale were formed. In 1985 the Gambia and Guinea
Guinea
diocese was partitioned into English-speaking Gambia
Gambia
and French-speaking Guinea. The Diocese
Diocese
of Asante Mampong, previously a suffragan see to Kumasi, was inaugurated in November 2014.[1] The final total of 17 represents 11 dioceses in Ghana
Ghana
and 6 in the other five nations. For this reason actions are in hand to move towards making Ghana
Ghana
a separate province. The country already has the status of an "internal province", the archbishop of which is currently (2015) the Primate of the whole Province of West Africa.[2] Today, the church has to survive in areas of civil unrest where Christians remain a small minority.

List of archbishops

1951–1955 Leslie Gordon Vining ( Bishop
Bishop
of Lagos) 1955–1961 James Lawrence Cecil Horstead ( Bishop
Bishop
of Sierra Leone) 1961–1969 Cecil John Patterson ( Bishop
Bishop
on the Niger) 1969–1981 Moses Nathanael Christopher Omobiala Scott ( Bishop
Bishop
of Sierra Leone) 1981–1982 Ishmael Mills Le-Maire ( Bishop
Bishop
of Accra) 1982–1989 George Daniel Browne ( Bishop
Bishop
of Liberia) 1993–2003 Robert Garshong Allotey Okine ( Bishop
Bishop
of Koforidua, Ghana) 2003–2012 Justice Ofei Akrofi ( Bishop
Bishop
of Accra) 2012–2014 Solomon Tilewa Johnson
Solomon Tilewa Johnson
( Bishop
Bishop
of Gambia
Gambia
and the Rio Pongas, and Archbishop of the internal province of West Africa) 2014–present Daniel Sarfo ( Bishop
Bishop
of Kumasi, and Archbishop of the internal province of Ghana)[3]

Membership[edit] Today, there are over one million Anglicans out of an estimated population of 35 million. Structure[edit]

Holy Trinity Cathedral in Accra, Ghana.

The polity of the Church of the Province of West Africa
West Africa
is episcopal church governance, which is the same as other Anglican
Anglican
churches. Geographical parishes are organized into dioceses, and since 2012 the dioceses have been grouped into internal provinces.[4] There are 2 internal provinces (each led by a metropolitan archbishop) consisting of 17 dioceses (each led by a diocesan bishop). Dioceses and bishops[edit]

Internal Province of West Africa

Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Bo – Emmanuel Tucker Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Cameroon
Cameroon
– Dibo Thomas-Babyngton Elango Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Freetown – Thomas Arnold Ikunika Wilson Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Gambia
Gambia
– James Allen Yaw Odico Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Guinea
Guinea
– Jacques Boston Episcopal Diocese
Diocese
of Liberia
Liberia
– Jonathan Bau-Bau Bonaparte Hart (Metropolitan archbishop)

Internal Province of Ghana

Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Accra - Daniel Torto Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Asante Mampong - Cyril Kobina Ben-Smith Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Cape Coast – Victor Atta Baffoe Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Ho – Matthias Mededues-Badohu Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Koforidua – Francis Quashie Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Kumasi – Daniel Sarfo (Metropolitan archbishop and Primate) Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Sekondi – John K. Otoo Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Sunyani – Festus Yeboah Asuamah Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Tamale – Jacob Kofi Ayeebo Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Wiawso – Abraham Kobina Ackah Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Dunkwa-on-Offin – Edmund Dawson Ahmoah

Worship and liturgy[edit] The Church of the Province of West Africa
West Africa
embraces three orders of ministry: deacon, priest, and bishop. A local variant of the Book of Common Prayer is used, as well as the Church of England
Church of England
Alternative Service Book which is used in the Diocese
Diocese
of Tamale on account of its more accessible use of modern English. Doctrine and practice[edit] See also: Anglicanism
Anglicanism
and Anglican
Anglican
doctrine The center of the Church of the Province of West Africa's teaching is the life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The basic teachings of the church, or catechism, includes:

Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
is fully human and fully God. He died and was resurrected from the dead. Jesus provides the way of eternal life for those who believe. The Old and New Testaments of the Bible were written by people "under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit". The Apocrypha are additional books that are used in Christian worship, but not for the formation of doctrine. The two great and necessary sacraments are Holy Baptism
Baptism
and Holy Eucharist Other sacramental rites are confirmation, ordination, marriage, reconciliation of a penitent, and unction. Belief in heaven, hell, and Jesus's return in glory.

The threefold sources of authority in Anglicanism
Anglicanism
are scripture, tradition, and reason. These three sources uphold and critique each other in a dynamic way. This balance of scripture, tradition and reason is traced to the work of Richard Hooker, a sixteenth-century apologist. In Hooker's model, scripture is the primary means of arriving at doctrine and things stated plainly in scripture are accepted as true. Issues that are ambiguous are determined by tradition, which is checked by reason.[5] Ordination
Ordination
of women[edit] At its 20th Provincial Synod in 2000, the Province approved in principal the ordination of women to the priesthood.[6] There is currently a variety of practice from diocese to diocese, with some remaining closed to the ordination of women as priests, and others welcoming the practice. The province does not permit the ordination of women to the episcopate. Ecumenical relations[edit] Like many other Anglican
Anglican
churches, the Church of the Province of West Africa is a member of the ecumenical World Council of Churches.[7] Anglican
Anglican
realignment[edit] The Church of the Province of West Africa
West Africa
was one of the first Anglican
Anglican
provinces to break communion with the Episcopal Church of the United States
United States
over the question of allowing the blessing of same-sex unions and non-celibate homosexual clergy. The Episcopal Diocese
Diocese
of Liberia
Liberia
continues, nevertheless, in full communion. The Church of the Province of West Africa
West Africa
has been active in the Anglican
Anglican
realignment as a member of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans
Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans
and the Global South. Archbishop Solomon Tilewa Johnson
Solomon Tilewa Johnson
attended Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON II), that took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 21 to 26 October 2013.[8] Unlike his predecessors current Archbishop Daniel Sarfo is a supporter of "reconciliation" between the conservative and liberal provinces of the Anglican
Anglican
Communion, particularly the Episcopal Church and Anglican
Anglican
Church of Canada, and was already involved in several meetings between African and North American bishops.[9] He still was one of the 11 Primates that attended the 3rd Provincial Assembly of the Anglican
Anglican
Church in North America, in June 2017.[10] He also attended the Global South meeting, in 8-9 September 2017, in Cairo, Egypt, and was one of the signants of their communiqué, with nine other Anglican
Anglican
Primates, including Foley Beach, from the Anglican
Anglican
Church in North America.[11] References[edit]

^ "A new diocese for West Africa". anglicannews.org. Retrieved December 6, 2014.  ^ Buchanan, Colin. Historical Dictionary of Anglicanism. p. 601.  ^ " Daniel Sarfo becomes primate of West Africa". Episcopal News Service. Retrieved 10 December 2015.  ^ ACNS report of the creation of internal metropolitical provinces. ^ "Listening in Scripture foundation for listening". anglicanlistening.org. Archived from the original on 2008-07-05. Retrieved 2014-06-05.  Detail on how scripture, tradition, and reason work to "uphold and critique each other in a dynamic way". ^ Church of England
Church of England
Newspaper https://geoconger.wordpress.com/2009/07/01/ghana-allows-women-priests-cen-6-26-09-p-6/. Retrieved 11 March 2016.  Missing or empty title= (help) ^ "Church of the Province of West Africa". oikoumene.org. World Council of Churches. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2014-06-05.  ^ "Condolences on the death of Archbishop Johnson of West Africa". acl.asn.au. Sydney: Anglican
Anglican
Church League. 2014-01-24. Archived from the original on 2014-01-26. Retrieved 2014-06-05.  ^ Bishop
Bishop
describes African-Canadian dialogue as a model for whole Communion, Anglican
Anglican
Ink, 23 June 2017 ^ WHEATON, IL: Thirty Global Anglican
Anglican
Leaders Stand in Solidarity with Anglican
Anglican
Church in North America, Virtue Online, 28 June 2017 ^ Global South Primates' Communiqué, Global South Anglican, 11 September 2017

Further reading[edit]

Neill, Stephen (1993) [1958]. Anglicanism
Anglicanism
(Reprint of 1977 4th ed.). New York [u.a.]: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195200330. 

External links[edit]

Anglican
Anglican
Diocese
Diocese
of Asante Mampong Episcopal Diocese
Diocese
of Liberia Historical resources on Anglicanism
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in Sierra Leone

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Consultative Council Homosexuality

Windsor Report

Ordination
Ordination
of women Ecumenism

African provinces

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American provinces

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Asian provinces

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Extra-provincial churches

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Churches in full communion

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Christianity in Ghana

Protestantism

Methodist Church of Ghana Presbyterian Church of Ghana International Central Gospel Church Christian Council of Ghana Seventh Day Adventist Church of Ghana Church of the Province of West Africa Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana

Roman Catholic Church

Roman Catholicism in Ghana

Other

The Church of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints in Ghana

Ghanaian Christians

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Christian missionaries in Ghana

John Bendor-Samuel Colin Forrester-Paton Jason Rapert

Other pages of interest

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