St. Anthony Lutheran Church
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Brief Church Profile
Christianity started at Yegeleh in the early 1950s under the Methodist Mission. The local preacher was the late Pa Joseph T. Dugba who died in 1979. Members were more from the Blake family. After Pa Dugba’s death, Mr. George M. Blake continued leading the church on to 1986 when he fell ill and could no longer act effectively. From 1986 his brother, Mr. Max A. Blake took over the leadership of the church.
There were thirty-five (35) including 12 men, nine women and 14 children having their church services at the small church building in Yegeleh town.
In 1989 Rev. Momoh S. Foh went to Jimmi and discussed with the Paramount chief, the late Sese Koker about the Lutheran church in Sierra Leone and asked for his permission to establish it in his Chiefdom. Mr. Max A. Blake was one of the church Leaders; Rev. Momoh Foh met who without any questioning accepted Rev. Foh’s suggestion. That same year, Mr. Blake changed over to the Lutheran doctrine with the consent of his members. The Church was now named St. Anthony Lutheran Church, Yegele. Membership grew so rapidly that the existing church building could not accommodate them all. This led into the plan to erect the present structure at the outskirts of Yegele village. First, it was constructed with sticks and mud in 1992 and roof covered with tarpaulin sheets. In 2002, reconstruction work started involving changing of the walls to mud bricks and roof to Zinc.
Membership has increased considerably as new members were received at the Baptismal Ceremony 11th October, 2009 where over one hundred (100) were baptized by Pastor Kate L. Warn
Evangelist James Vandi