Voorhees officially welcomes its new chaplain to campus

September 25, 2011

The Reverend Dr. James T. Yarsiah will be inducted as chaplain and vicar of Voorhees College and St. Philip's Episcopal Chapel on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 5 p.m. in St. Philip’s Episcopal Chapel.

The Right Reverend Mark Joseph Lawrence, 14th Bishop of the Diocese of South Carolina, will be the Chief Celebrant while the Very Reverend Dr. Emmanuel W. Johnson, Chaplain Emeritus of Voorhees College, will be the preacher.

Yarsiah recently completed seven years of ministry at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.Cc and took over at Voorhees College on July 1, 2011.

He is an Episcopal priest, who was born and raised in Liberia, West Africa. In May 2010, he graduated with the Doctor of Ministry degree from the School of Theology, The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Yarsiah obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology from the Cuttington University College in Suacoco, Liberia.

Father Yarsiah has been a priest for fifteen years. He has served in several dioceses, including the Episcopal Church of Liberia, the Diocese of Cape Coast, Ghana, the Diocese of Tennessee, and he currently serves in the Diocese of South Carolina.

In September 2010, Dr. Yarsiah published his first book, "Early Missionary Work of the Protestant Episcopal Church (DFMS) in Liberia and Their Differential Effects 1821-1871.” Yarsiah is married to Ophelia Nyenowin Gibson Yarsiah, and they are blessed with three children, Wede, Temah and Kenneth.

This event is expected to be attended by the Episcopal clergy and laity from the Diocese of South Carolina and the Upper Diocese of South Carolina and Clergy and lay members of the Liberian Episcopal Community in the USA (LECUSA). 

“We are excited to have Dr. Yarsiah as our new chaplain and vicar,” said President Sellers, “His background and the wealth of knowledge that he will bring to this position is vital to the Voorhees community.”