Bishop Dixon Laid To Rest
The body of Archbishop of Don Stewart Christ Pentecostal Church Incorporated, and former President of Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) was laid to rest last Saturday following a well-attended funeral at his church in the Borough of Kru Town. The funeral services was attended by many dignitaries, including former Interim President, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, former Planning Minister, Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh; Sheikh Kafumbah Konneh of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia; Rep. Edward Forh of the area, Kru Governor, Alice Weah and former Public Works Minister, Kofi Woods and Atty Medina Wesseh.
Many of those who paid tributes during the service of the fallen Archbishop, former president of the Liberia council of churches and Chairman, Board of Advisors, Pentecostal Fellowship Union of Liberia eulogized him of being a Patriot, Humanitarian, Educator, International Church Leader; Peacemaker; Renowned Clergyman; Administrator and Devout Christian. The government’s official gazette, among other things said the Government of Liberia (GOL) and Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) have lost a great hero in the country.
The Secretary General of Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) Atty. James Y. Gayflor, said the late Archbishop Dixon demonstrated his commitment and worked tirelessly for the Liberia Council of Churches. He said the late Archbishop Dixon was a great spiritual leader, Renowned Theologian, true Shepherd and faithful Servant of God and his family, a source of inspiration, wisdom and a pillar of strength.
The Leader of the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia, Mr. Sheikh Kafumba F. Konneh said the late Archbishop Dixon opened his home and the church for relief for all persons without discrimination of any kind or description, and his humanitarian gesture transcended far beyond ethnicity, religious, cultural and all other restrictive and discriminatory caprices, notions and whims.
Sheikh Konneh further stated that the late Archbishop Dixon was a man with personality, who entertained faith, love and empathy for the youths, the poor and needy people and above all, he was ever willing and ready to encourage them not to lose hope in the mercy of Allah-the Almighty God and to serve as models in all of their endeavours, no matter what the situation may be.
According to him, the Inter-Religious Council of Liberia has lost a good colleague, friend, brother, neighbor, patriot and above all a humanitarian.
He stated further that the late Archbishop Dixon was good at mobilizing grass-root communities, including giving leadership and appropriate direction for all good and legitimate causes, acts and activities.
The late Archbishop Dixon embraced the Christian Religion at an early age and became a devout member of the Pentecostal Church and demonstrated his commitment to providing opportunities for Liberians both at home and abroad.
In his early years, he was actively involved in many campus activities, which include playing soccer and musical instruments and led him to become a member of the Rivercess matching band, and he later attended the Matrol A.G. Church Mission School in Greenville, Sinoe County and was sponsored by the American Missionaries.
In pursuit of higher education and training, the late Archbishop Dixon travelled to Nigeria, Great Britain and the United States of America (U.S.A.) where he underwent a training in the education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and while in the U.S.A., he studied Theology at the Aenon Bible College in Ohio, and he was awarded Director of Divinity Degree (Honoris Causa).
The late Archbishop was appointed as Director of the Christian Mission for the Deaf Africans in Nigeria; a United States based Christian Organization, where he and Rev. Mother Dixon worked with the deaf and hard of hearing in Nigeria before returning to Liberia.
In the early 1980s, the late Archbishop Dixon met with his fellow Bishops in the country and proposed the formation of the Liberia Council of Churches in order to speak with one voice on issues of national and regional concern, and upon the establishment of the Liberian Council of Churches, his active participation and hard work encouraged his colleagues to elect him as the second Vice President, First Vice President and President respectively.