Members attending the 181st Annual Session of the Liberia Annual Conference, United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 15, 2014 honored Bishop John G. Innis and his wife Irene Innis for their valuable services to the church and the state. The honoring program which is dubbed “Bishop Appreciation Day” was organized by the Episcopal Committee and is a regular part of the conference gathering each year.
In a statement delivered on behalf of the delegates, Samuel Sagbeh, Principal of the J. J. Roberts United Methodist School, said the conference was honoring the Bishop not as a procedural method, but because of the concern shown by the Innis’s for individual members of the church. The statement indicated that Bishop Innis and his wife Irene have gone beyond their individual abilities to serve the United Methodist Church of Liberia. “You are a gift to the church, and we love you for that,” the statement added.
Also speaking during the program, several individuals commended the Bishop and his wife for aiding them on the life journey, either as a minister or service provider in the Church. “I am what I am because of what you have done for me,” many of them said.
For his part, the Conference Lay Leader, Rudolph Merab, said the LAC/UMC was honoring Bishop Innis and Mother Irene Innis because of their exemplified leadership to the people of the United Methodist Church and the work of God. “You have given our church a new image at home and abroad,” the Lay Leader said.
Responding, Mother Irene Innis who spoke on behalf the Episcopal Family (sometimes
referred to as the First Family), said they were overwhelmed by the gratitude of the UMC Family and the honor bestowed upon them. “Working with you is becoming more enjoyable by the day,” Mother Innis said. She told the congregation that honors such as this are what give their children the desire to work for the church.