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Solomon Tilewa Ethelbert Willie Johnson

Reverend Dr. Solomon Tilewa Ethelbert Willie Johnson, born 27th February 1954 in Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa. Married with three children.

Wife – Priscilla  |  Daughter – Njilan  |  Son – Jeggan  |  Daughter – Dado


D. Min. in Applied Ministries (1997 – 2000), Graduate Theological Foundation – Donaldson, Indiana, USA

Certificate, Summer Programme in Theology – August 1997, Oxford University, England

B.A. (Hons) Theology (1982 – 1985), University of Durham, England

Diploma in Theology (1977 – 1980), Trinity College, Umahia, Nigeria



1990 Consecrated Bishop

1980 Ordained Priest

1979 Made Deacon



1990 To Present : Bishop of Gambia, Senegal, and Cape Verdes

1985 – 1990 : Incumbent, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Banjul

1982 – 1985 : Resident Priest-in-Charge,

Church of the African Martyrs, Farafenni, The Gambia

Chaplain, Anglican Training Centre, Farafenni, The Gambia

Visiting Priest, St. Peter’s Interdenominational Congregation, Dakar, Senegal

1977 – 1980 : Pastoral work – St. Michael’s Cathedral, Aba, Nigeria

1975 – 1977 : Teacher, Gambia High School, Banjul, The Gambia.




  • President, Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Gambia
  • President, Diocesan School of Evangelism
  • Executive Director, Anglican Mission Development Ministries (AMDM)
  • President, Gambia Boys’ Brigade Council
  • Chairman, Board of Governors, Rev. J. C. Faye Memorial School, Banjul
  • Member, Diocesan Radio Ministry
  • Chairman, Social Outreach and Development Sub-Committee, Gambia Christian Council
  • Chaplain, Diocesan Mothers’ Union
  • Honorary Chaplain, Missions to Seafarers


  • Chairman, National Dialogue Team, Strategy for Poverty Alleviation
  • Chairman, National Committee on Christianity, Population and Development
  • Member, National Population Commission
  • Member, National Consultative Council for Social and Economic Policy
  • Member, Council of elders for Conflict Prevention and Management in the Economic Organisation of West African States (ECOWAS)



  • Chairman, Continental Committee for Ministry to the Uprooted, All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), Nairobi, Kenya
  • Member, General Committee, AACC, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Member, Executive Committee, AACC, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Member, World Council of Churches (WCC) Faith and Order Plenary Commission
  • Member, Global Ecumenical Network Forum (Advisory Body to the World Council of Churches Refugee and Migration Service)
  • Member, International Ecumenical Consultative Committee for Refugees (IECCR)
  • Vice President, Church Mission Society (CMS), London, UK
  • Provincial Regional Coordinator, Decade of Evangelism
  • Associate, Monastic Order of the Holy Cross


  • Vice Chair, CCM (Global Fund)
  • Acting Metropolitan, (CPWA), Anglican Communion
  • Dean, Church of the Province of West Africa (CPWA) Anglican Communion
  • Chairman, the Gambia Christian Council
  • Chairman, The Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO) of The Gambia
  • Chairman, Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Republic of The Gambia
  • Vice Chairman, Provisional Independent Electoral Commission (PIEC), Republic of The Gambia
  • Member, Commonwealth Observer Group to General and Regional Elections, Guyana, December 1997
  • Chairman, Coordinating Committee for Liberian Refugees (CCLR), Banjul
  • Vice Chairman, Commission on Humanitarian Affairs, International Council for Voluntary Agencies (ICVA)
  • Member, (observer status), Executive Committee, ICVA
  • Member, Donor / NGO Central Coordinating Committee, Ministry of Health, Republic of The Gambia
  • Member, Reference Group to draft the World Council of Churches (WCC) Statement on “Uprooted People”
  • Member, Inter-Faith / Inter-Church Sub-Committee, the Gambia Christian Council
  • Member, Management Committee of The Gambia National Branch of the African Society of International and Comparative Law
  • Member, Constitutional Review Commission, Republic of The Gambia
  • First Chairman, The Gambia Public Works and Capacity Building Project (GAMWORKS)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Gambia Youth for Christ
  • Chairman, Commonwealth Liaison Unit, The Gambia
  • Chairman, Evangelical Fellowship of The Gambia


  • B.A. Thesis: “The Impact of African Communal Ritual on Modern Christian Missions 1821 – 1965”
  • Doctoral Project: “A Bishop’s Manual for the Implementation of a Jointly Generated Vision for the Diocese of Gambia for the Decade Beginning the Year 2000”
  • “An Epistle from the Churches in Africa to the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland”. Address to the Council of Churches for Britain and Ireland Assembly. Swanwick England, February 1992.
  • Address to the General Synod of the Church of England session – ‘Africa Today – Crisis and Opportunity’. London, England, November 1993.
  • “Christian Relations with Islam: The Gambia”. Presentation to a Plenary Session of the 1998 Lambeth Conference. Canterbury, England, July 1998.
  • “Building God’s Kingdom on Earth in the Age of Globalisation: Africa’s Challenge to the Church in U.S.A.”. Commencement Address at the Graduate Theological Foundation Indiana Graduation. Indiana USA, May 2000.
  • “Bear Ye One Another’s Burdens”. Series of Five Meditations on St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians, presented to the Partners-in-Mission Consultation and Provincial Synod, Church of the Province of West Africa. Accra, October 1997.
  • “Batum Yalla – Word of God. The Centrality of Scripture in the Life of the Church”. October 1993.
  • “The Root of All Evil: Unjust Disparities of Wealth” in Jokkoo, Technical Co-operation Magazine of the United Nations System in The Gambia, Vol. 2 No. 2 – 1992. United Nations Development Programme: Banjul 1992.
  • “Regionalisation Policy of the Ministry to the Uprooted. Genesis and Progress”. All African Conference of Churches: Nairobi 1998.
  • “Holiness”. Series of Meditations presented to the clergy of the Diocese of Harare at Retreat – Harare: January 1999.


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