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


For the latest newsletter - click on icon February 2018 Newsletter


** 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 **

Aims & Objectives of 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.

Links to other sites on SoW

SoW Facebook page

Crosslinks site on the work in Gambia with an interesting and informative video clip featuring Jonny Burgess, a bible teacher who's currently based out in the Gambia.

Main buildiong project appeal site, run by Mark Vernon.

Steven Musa-Kormayea and his family

Musa-Kormayea FamilySteven came to the Gambia in 1995 to pioneer the Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES) in Gambia, and served the ministry since that time, before coming to study in the London.

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

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 (left), and they have 3 children: Esther (pictured on the right), Samuel (second from right) and Hannah (Middle).


To see some more pictures of Steven, Helen and the family, see our photo gallery

The Gambia Bible College building project

Servants of the Word is a Bible teaching and training programme in The Gambia. It aims to teach and train a new generation of faithful Bible teachers to seve the church in The Gambia and beyond.

The course currently runs in evenings and weekends, when the students are free to attend. But this Gambia Bible College project aims to build a residential training centre at Tubakuta, with dormitary accommodation to enable students from further afield to benefit from the teaching and training.

  • Phase 1 of the project raised around £45,000 and has delivered a classroom and office block (see photos below - see also photo galleries on SoW; or view progress on Google Earth - coordinates are: 13į15'18.2"N 16į34'51.0"W, or click here.
  • Phase 2 of the prject is planning to provide accommodation blocks for students. The appeal is targetting £84,000 to do this work.
    After this the centre can start to be used in earnest.
  • Later phases envisage building Staff accommodation, library and chapel

For full picture gallery on the Gambia Bible college building project, based at Tubakuta, click here for plans and here for latest progress.

For details of the main project appeal, run by Mark Vernon, click here.

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.

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.

Noble Roberts (Picture below, on left)

Faculty#2 2014/15

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).

Lawrence Jah (Picture below, on left)

Faculty#3 2014/15

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.

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.

 iii.      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 Godís 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 Ė the only mediator between God and man.

g. Justification

Justification as Godís act of undeserved mercy, in which the sinner is pardoned all his sins and accepted as righteous in Godís sight only because of the righteousness of Christ imputed to him Ė 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 Godís 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

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)

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