About Servants of the Word

Servants of the Word (SoW) is an evangelical Christian organisation working in The Gambia to promote the gospel of our Saviour Jesus Christ, by training and discipling gospel workers who at native to the Gambia.

Mission:  To transform our cultures with the gospel.

Vision: Multiplying leaders and growing churches by raising effective gospel workers through one-on-one disciple making and training in expository preaching at the grassroots.

Motto: Every servant a disciple and a disciple maker

** Please note:- Servants of the Word and Kesgrave Baptist Church are independent organisations, and the views of SoW are not necessarily shared in all aspects by KBC **

More about SoW

SoW is an inter-denominational evangelical Christian organization committed to the propagation of the Christian faith in culturally relevant and scripturally acceptable ways both within The Gambia and beyond.

It is affiliated to the following:-

  i. The Fellowship of Evangelical Students in the Gambia (FES-Gambia).

  ii. Evangelical Fellowship of the Gambia (EFG)

  iii. Gambia Christian Council (GCC)


The aims and objectives of SOW are:

1. To obey the principles of the word of God as recorded in the 66 books of the Holy Bible at all times.

2. To propagate the Christian faith in culturally relevant and scripturally acceptable ways, and to plant churches in partnership with other organizations and churches both within and outside of the Gambia.

3. To provide Christian educational programs and services for Christians in general, and workers at the grass roots of Christian ministry in particular. eg Bible Schools for religious instruction.

4. To provide educational programs and services at the early Development, Basic, Senior and Tertiary levels for the overall development of the communities in which we serve.

5. To provide voluntary and sacrificial services to all church denominations; to the government and to humanity in general.

6. To promote entrepreneurship in the church, and in the communities in which we live.

7. To be intentional in promoting peace and development in our communities, and the nation.

8. To actively participate in biblically acceptable activities in the life of our communities and the nation.

9. To provide godly leadership in our communities and the nation.

 Steven Musa-Kormayea and his family

Musa-Kormayea FamilyWe first met Steven at Kesgrave Baptist Church in 2000 when Stephen came to the UK to further his studies on the Cornhill Training course.

Since then, Steven worked for many years with the Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES) in Gambia.

In 2012, Steven in partnership with a number of other ministers started the SoW School of Ministry in the Gambia.

Steven is married to Helen, and they have 3 children: Esther (pictured on the right), Samuel (left) and Hannah (Middle).






More about the Musa-Kormayea's

To be added

Last news - November 2015

AFTER THREE YEARS TRIAL period: 2012 - 2015

Praise God for key achievements:

  • Registration with government
  • Construction of additional Classroom and office
  • 16 Students, 4 to graduate Dec 2015
  • Land acquired and fencing in progress

LOOKING AHEAD 2015 – 2025

The next ten years: Our focus is to build the campus on the land acquired. We hope this will develop into Gambia’s first Bible College. So here is our sketch plan, one step at a time.

  • 2015 – 2018: Build the 3-Classroom Block and the Admin Block with a Library.
  • 2018 – 2021: Build student accommodation and prepare to move to the new campus.
  • 2021 – 2025: Move to new campus; start fulltime courses; and continue to build Staff accommodation


1. Praise God for Charles (a friend) who is doing the building drawings for only a token fee.

2. Praise God for Gerard (SOW student) who is supervising the construction work.

3. Pray for a massive response of generous giving to enable us to build the Classroom Block in 2016.

4. There are ten students in Year One Class this Term. Pray that they will be devoted to the Course right through to the end.

5. Pray that the Lord will use SOW to impact the nation significantly and to strengthen our emphasis on indigenous mission.

6. I travel to Guinea-Conakry for Discipleship Seminars Wed 18Nov for two weeks. Pray for road safety and effective ministry in Futa Jallon & Conakry.

Download Steven's latest newsletter in full here:-

August Newsetter

Meet some of the faculty

Faculty 2014/15

From left to right:-

Gloria Taylor-Johnson

Deaconess, The Light and Salt Crystal Chapel.

Sister Gloria worked as a Banker, then Administrative Secretary for an Insurance Company before going into fulltime ministry.

Sister Gloria facilitates Discipleship, Year 3.

David Ige (at back)

Missionary, Youth With A Mission.

Brother David is an IT Specialist taking Communication Skills in Year 1.

Gideon Adeyoye

National Overseer, Christ Apostolic Church. Brother Gideon worked as a Water Engineer before coming into fulltime ministry.

Pastor Gideon takes Evangelism (Elective), Year 1

Chinedum Meribole

National Overseer, Christian Mission Fellowship. A Civil Engineer who lectured at the Gambia Technical Training Institute before going fulltime into gospel work.

Pastor Chinedum teaches Mission (Elective), Year 1

Steven Musa-Kormayea

Director of Training, SOW. Pastor, Evangelical Church of the Gambia. Steven worked as Pioneer for Fellowship of Evangelical Students in the Gambia.

Steven takes Preaching & Discipleship Year 1; Preaching & Projects Year 3, and Bible Overview, Year 3.

Helen Musa-Kormayea

Deaconess, Evangelical Church of the Gambia. Helen served as a School Teacher in French & Geography.

She facilitates Prayer in Year 1.

Bola Lawal

Pastor Four Square Church. Brother Bola is working as a Laboratory Scientist at the Medical Research Council, the Gambia.

Brother Bola takes Administration (Elective), Year 2.

Faculty#2 2014/15

Noble Roberts (Picture above, on left)

Director, Fellowship of Evangelical Students, and pastor at Dominion Faith Centre.

Pastor Noble facilitates Preaching, Year 2.

(On right: SOW Board Chair, Rev Dr Caruthers Donkor).

Faculty#3 2014/15

Lawrence Jah (Picture above, on left)

Director, Scripture Union, and Pastor, Evangelical Church Winning All.

Pastor Lawrence teaches Bible Overview in Year 2.

Brother Fadil Ceesay (Missing from pictures)

President, Indigenous Mission of the Gambia. Fadil worked as a Translator with Bible Society for the last nine years before founding Indigenous Mission which he currently heads.

He facilitates Discipleship in Year 2.

Contact Details

To contact SoW directly:-

Tel:           +220-6186031,

e-mail:      sowgambia@gmail.com

Location: FES-Gambia, South Atlantic, Bakau


Or you can contact SoW via Kesgrave Baptist Church (see Contacts page)

About Gambia

Flag of Gambia

The Gambia is a country in West Africa mostly surrounded by Senegal, with a short strip of coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. It is the smallest country on mainland Africa just 300 miles long and, on average, 18 miles wide and a population of about 2 million people. The climate is subtropical. The Gambia river flows through the middle of the country from East to West with the capital, Banjul on the mouth of the river to the South.

The Gambia

Independence from British colonial rule was gained in 1965, and The Gambia became part of the Commonwealth in 1970.

Almost 90% of population are Muslims, with 8% Christian and 2% following indigenous beliefs; but the constitution of the country allows freedom of religion.

About the students

Year 1 Students

SoW Students Year 1

Year 1 had eight students. Two women did not complete the year: one had a marital challenge leading to separation; the other could not manage time for her job, home and school.

Year 2 Students

SoW Year 2 Students

Year 2 had eight students. Two dropped out in the third term: one travelled for staff training planned by her employer; the other had a health challenge involving a surgical operation

Year 3 Students

SoW Year 3 Students

Year 3 had five students, with one doing the Preaching Course at Cornhill School in London.

Details of the programme

Program Description and Aim:

In this Three-Year part time program we aim to:

 i.     Train candidates in the disciplines and skills of interpreting and teaching the bible using the inductive bible study and expository teaching/preaching methods.

 ii.     Train candidates in the principles and skills in multiplying leaders and growing churches through deliberate disciple making.

 iiii.      Train candidates in church planting in both the rural and urban settings.Train candidates in raising funds from within the local community for personal and ministry support


Course modules

The course is divided up into a number of modules:-

Fundamental Modules

  • Communication Skills
  • Disciple Making

Core Module

  • How To Teach The Bible (Inductive & Expository methods)

Program Electives

  • Evangelism and Missions

  • Children and Youth Ministry

  • Church Planting

  •  Carpentry and Wielding

  •  Animal and Crop Farming

  • Community Shop & Marketing

Download the Programme brochure and curriculum here:-

SoW BrochureSoW Curriculum

Doctrinal Basis of Faith

The doctrinal basis of faith shall be the fundamental truths of Christianity, as revealed in the Holy Scripture, including the following articles:-

a. The triune God

The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.

b. The sovereignty of God

The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgment.

c. Holy Scripture

The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

d. Sin

The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the fall, rendering man subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.

e. The Lord Jesus Christ

The full deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God; his virgin birth and his real and sinless humanity; his death on the cross; his bodily resurrection and his present rule over all heaven and earth.

f. Redemption

Redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death, once for all time, of our representative and substitute Jesus Christ – the only mediator between God and man.

g. Justification

Justification as God’s act of undeserved mercy, in which the sinner is pardoned all his sins and accepted as righteous in God’s sight only because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to him – justification being received by faith alone.

h. The Holy Spirit and regeneration

The necessary work of the Holy Spirit to make the work of Christ effective in the individual sinner, granting him repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ.

i. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit in all those regenerated, manifesting through them certain spiritual gifts for the common good of the body, producing in them an increasing likeness to Christ in character and behaviour, and empowering them for his witness in the world (Rom 12:6-8; 1 Cor 7:7; 1 Cor 12:8-10,28; Eph 4:11; 1 Pt 4:11).

j. The church

The one holy universal church, which is the body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong.

k. The second coming

The expectation of the future personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ who will judge all men, executing God’s just condemnation on the impenitent and receiving the redeemed to eternal life.

Constitution of SoW

For full details of the constitution and bye-laws of SoW, please see the attached document:-

SoW Constitution

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