Bishop Coyner ordains new pastors in Sierra Leone.

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – Indiana Bishop Mike Coyner ordained several new Elders in Freetown Sunday, March 2, as a guest bishop during the ordination service at the Sierra Leone Annual Conference Session.

He was accompanied by retired Bishop Joseph Humper and current Bishop John Yambasu, both of Sierra Leone.

In an email, Coyner commented that women in Africa wear hats during worship. Coyner said, “They took off their hats for us to lay hands on their heads, and then the hats went right back on.”

This was the same service that Coyner presented stoles, made in Indiana, to newly ordained Elders as a gift from our annual conference to their annual conference as partners in ministry.

For more than 25 years, Indiana has partnered with Sierra Leone and Liberia annual conferences to provide schools and school supplies through Indiana-based Operation Classroom (

Read Bishop Coyner’s E-pistle “My Lord Bishop” about his experience in Sierra Leone at