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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Interim Pastor Bishop Bennie D. Warner

In 2007, after the departure of Wesley pastor T.Scott Kenada and before the appointment of Diana Cox Crawford, Bishop Bennie D. Warner served as interim pastor at Wesley.

From the Embassy of Liberia  come this information:

Bishop Bennie D. Warner
His Excellency Bennie D. Warner was the Bishop of the United Methodist Church of Liberia before he was chosen to become Vice President to President William R. Tolbert. He served as Vice President of the Republic of Liberia from 1977-1980.

Among other responsibilities after he settled in the United States, Bishop Warner taught at the United Methodist Oklahoma City University in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, before being appointed District Superintendent of the Camden District of the United Methodist Church in Arkansas.

He has spoken in numerous venues and also promotes the construction of a school in his native country.

A documentary covers his personal journey, Black Marks on White Paper. It is a 2013 film directed by Bob Hager and can be found here at Tiny Seeds.

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