The public is invited to the 21st FREE THANKSGIVING CONCERT of the St. John’s Gospel Music Ministry at the Monrovia City Hall Theater on Sunday, December 3 from 3 p.m to 4:30 p.m.
Courtesy of John Sheriff, who is still an active household name in both the gospel music vineyard and the journalism profession in Liberia as it was in the early seventies, eighties and nineties, the St. John’s Gospel Music Ministry International annually hosts its free Thanksgiving concert dubbed “The Good Samaritan.”
The son of the late Hon. Momo Francis Sheriff, Sr. (first Representative of Kporkpa District, Grand Cape Mount County) and the late beautician, Teta Jay Esther D. P. Sheriff of Grand Kru Territory (now County), John Panten Wleh Sheriff is also the cousin of Madam P. Bloh Sayeh & Hon. Antoinette M. Sayeh (first Finance minister in the Johnson Sirleaf led government).
He is severally called Panten, P. W. and J. P. by people close to him.
Panten attended school in both Sierra Leone and Liberia, attending the Teacher Andrews, Buchanan AG School, GW Gibson, Cathedral Schools in Liberia; whereas in Sierra Leone – in Pujehun District, Kenema Secondary School alias College of the East (under the disciplinarian Principal Siaffa Koroma, who is reportedly now in Liberia with the Methodist Church) and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Secondary School, Joru, Kenema.
Sheriff said he was compelled to attend school in Sierra Leone because of his father’s role in Liberian politics, especially in Grand Cape Mount, where he proved a wizard. And having his children at home was not in his late father’s interest for fear of mysterious deaths; and secondly, because John Sheriff’s indefatigable passion for singing and involvement with the ever-popular MOGA Band, now in the United States, since the very early eighties.
Upon sitting his GCE in June 1982, Panten returned and joined the Sheiks of Africa that kept Liberia musically alert until the war interrupted things.
But while taking refuge at the Faith Healing Temple of Jesus Christ (alias “Mother Dukuly’s Church”) under Pastor Mot Mai Barclay-Roberts during the war years, Sheriff claimed he received a vision from the Lord to preach the undiluted word of God in season and out of season through music under the umbrella of the St. John’s Gospel Music Ministry International.
Mot Roberts, knowing that the revelation was from GOD, agreed to be both the spiritual leader and Sheriff’s most senior advisor.
With its local headquarters at the Temple, the LORD has used this once “dirty vessel” now wins souls through gospel music in and out of Liberia.
“I invite the public to the 21st free Thanksgiving concert of the St. John’s Gospel Music Ministry at the Monrovia City Hall Theater on Sunday, December 3 from 3 p.m to 4:30 p.m,” he concluded.