About Us

Samaria West African Methodist Church

The Theme chosen for this celebration is “Build Me A House And I Shall Stablish It.” (1 Kings 5: 5)
Dear fellow Samaritans and friends all, we can all raise our heads high and shout that God has indeed established our church after the strides made by our forefathers to raise this lofty structure. We the descendants have continued to strive and follow the footsteps of our ancestors in their zeal to improve on the legacy handed down.
Our church is steeped in history and it is a great privilege for our generation to be part of those celebrating this landmark.
Our church was not originally name SAMARIA but was aptly name AFRICANA JEHOVAH JIRREH, its make up being purely African and established in 1799. The members were mostly “Recaptives” i.e. Liberated Africans who had been rescued on the high sea enroute to the plantations in the Americas and West Indies and settled in the province of Freetown – Freetown.

The original church structure was mud and wattle with bamboo roofing and sited where the present National Museum stands. The congregation was given pastoral oversight by Rev. Ede Nylander who was of German descent. The church attracted members, which of course created the need for expansion. A piece of land was acquired where No. 38 Waterloo Street now stands and where a structure (again of mud and wattle) was erected.
The congregation being progressive continued to seek expansion and modernisation. They were able to acquire land at the junction of Waterloo Street and Westmoreland Street (now Siaka Stevens Street) for the amount of £10 (Ten pounds sterling) for the construction of a church which they called “Samaria”.
The original entrance of the church faced Westmoreland Street. It became necessary for the Western part of Freetown, to be re-planned and waterloo Street was to be widened and extended to Pademba Road. It was during this period of reconstruction (1810) that the main entrance to Samaria Church was re-sited from Westmoreland Street to face Waterloo Street.

Celebration

The Theme chosen for this celebration is “Build Me A House And I Shall Stablish It.” (1 Kings 5: 5)

Our History

Samaria has got the well tested and proven date of 1844. There is however, a date 1799 attributed to its founding because there was an alleged Congregation referred to as “African”, consisting of purely Africans with a Revd. Ede Nylander leading those recaptives. Between 1792 and 1800 there were only indigenous people and “settlers” in the settlement.

Our History

Our church was not originally name SAMARIA but was aptly name AFRICANA JEHOVAH JIRREH, its make up being purely African and established in 1799. The members were mostly “Recaptives” i.e. Liberated Africans who had been rescued on the high sea enroute to the plantations in the Americas and West Indies and settled in the province of Freetown – Freetown...

Testimonies

Our church is steeped in history and it is a great privilege for our generation to be part of those celebrating this landmark..

Jacob B. Davies

Meet some of Our Members

Bro. Victor F. Janjue-Browne

Samaria J-D Chief Coordinator

Rev. Solomon Campbell

Circuit Superintendent

Bro. Victor F. Ojukutu-Macauley

J2J Chief Coordinator