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Bishop Joseph Christian Humper (Sierra Leone Area), Recipient of the Distinguished Peacemaker Award - Africa

General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church

Joseph Christian Humper was born on June 2, 1946, in Bonthe Sherbro (the village of Somway-Kenema), Gone Section, Sitia Chiefdom, Southern Province of Sierra Leone, West Africa. His higher education included the Bible Training Institute in Bo (1960 63) and Bo Teacher's College (1963 66). His training in theology was completed at Trinity College, Legon, Ghana (where he received a Certificate in Theology, First Class), the University of Ghana at Accra (Diploma in Theology, First Class); Union Theological Seminary in New York City (S.T.M. in Systematic Theology), and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois (D.Min. candidate). He has worked as a teacher and pastor in a variety of settings, and his other related positions in the Sierra Leone area include conference youth director, director of the Ministerial Training Program, bishop's chaplain, conference council director, and associate executive secretary of the West Africa Central Conference. Volunteer positions in the conference include registrar of the Board of Ordained Ministry and annual conference secretary. He was ordained deacon and elder by Bishop Benjamin B. A. Carew.

He has also served on a number of committees and organizations related to the church. Joseph Humper was serving as conference council director when he was elected to the episcopacy on August 14, 1992, by the Africa Central Conference. He is assigned to the Sierra Leone Area. His hobbies are reading, fishing, and soccer. Joseph C. Humper is married to Nancy Mamie Humper; they have four children: James, Josephine, Joseph, and Marvel.

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