Bishop Joseph Humper
West Africa Central Conference
Bishop Joseph C. Humper is a retired Bishop of the United Methodist Church, having served from 1992-2008.
Joseph Christian Humper was born in Bonthe Sherbro (the village of Somway-Kenema), Gone Section, Sitia Chiefdom, Southern Province of Sierra Leone, West Africa.
His higher education included the Bible Training Institute in Bo; Bo Teacher's College. His training in theology was completed at Trinity College, Legon, Ghana (where he received a Certificate in Theology-First Class), the University of Ghana at Accra (Diploma in Theology-First Class); Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone (B.A.); Union Theological Seminary in New York City (S.T.M. in Systematic Theology) and Garrett Evangelical in Evanston (D.Min candidate); and Gbanga School of Theology, Monrovia, Liberia (D.D.).
He has worked as teacher and pastor in a variety of settings, and other related positions in the Sierra Leone area, including Conference Youth Director, Director of the Ministerial Training Program, Bishop's Chaplain, Conference Council Director, and Associate Executive Secretary of the West Africa Central Conference. Volunteer positions in the Conference include Registrar of the Board of Ordained Ministry, Annual Conference Secretary. He was ordained deacon and elder by Bishop Benjamin A. Carew.
He has also served on a number of committees and organizations related to the church. He has held such positions as President, Council of Churches in Sierra Leone (CCSL); President, Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone (IRCSL); and Honorary President, World Conference on Religion and Peace.
Joseph Humper was serving as Conference Council Director when he was elected to the episcopacy on August 14, 1992, by the West Africa Central Conference. He was assigned to the Sierra Leone Area and served there until his retirement in 2008.
Joseph C. Humper is married to Nancy Mamie Humper; they have four children: James, Josephine, Joseph and Marvel.