MONROVIA, Liberia (UMNS) - The Liberian Council of Churches elected as its new president United Methodist Bishop John G. Innis, during the council's 23rd General Assembly and Silver Jubilee program, held Aug. 2-4 at the Stephen Trowen Nagbe United Methodist Church and St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Sinkor, Monrovia, Liberia.

In his acceptance speech, Innis said the Liberian Council of Churches has God as its president. He described himself and the two vice presidents-elect as coaches on God's leadership team.

Innis praised the leadership of the outgoing president, Bishop Sumoward E. Harris of the Lutheran Church in Liberia, and he noted the role the council has played in fostering national unity and reconciliation in the West African nation following a long civil war.

Innis was elected a bishop of The United Methodist Church in 2000 and has led the church in Liberia since then. He has held a number of leadership positions in the Liberian Council of Churches.

NOTE: Innis will be in Indianapolis Oct. 27-28 for a consultation and 20th anniversary celebration of Operation Classroom, a Indiana-based United Methodist education and medical outreach mission to Liberia and Sierra Leone.