The Revd. Canon Dr. James B. Sellee
B.A., B.A., M. A., PhD
Our new Dean is thirty years in the Holy Orders. Canon Dr. James Bombo Sellee was born on March 3, 1961 in Mbalomah, Kolahun District,Lofa County unto the union of Bro. Momo Sellee and Sis. Koisay Sellee.
He completed secondary education at St. Martin’s High School Gbarnga, Bong County. He enrolled at the Cuttington University College and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology in 1989, he was ordained Deacon on December 30, 1987 and assigned at Trinity
Cathedral. On February 5, 1989 he was ordained Priest and still at Trinity where he rose to becoming Curate.
He acquired a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from the Middlesex University in 1996 – 1998 respectively and in 2004 he underwent advanced studies in Biblical Studies in the Old Testament that earned him a PhD from the University of Gloucestershire, UK.
From 1991 – 1995, Fr Sellee was seconded to the Anglican Diocese of the Gambia as a missionary priest under the pastoral leadership of the then Rt. Rev. Solomon Tilewa Ethelbert Willie Johnson. He served as Assistantpriest of St. Mary Cathedral, Banjul, Youth Coordinator of the Anglican Diocese of Gambia and Warden of the Diocesan School of Evangelism.
There he supervised the training of ordinands, layreaders, evangelists and catechists of the Diocese and Priest in Charge of St. Paul’s Fajara.
In 1997 – 1999, Fr. Sellee was assigned at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church 10 Street as Priest In Charge and also as part-time lecturer at the Seth C. Edwards Memorial Theological Institute and Gbarnga School of Theology, United Methodist University.
From 2004 to present Fr. James Bombo Sellee, holds the position as Rector of St. Thomas, and dean of the College of Theology and Chairman of the thesis committee of the Cuttington Graduate School and Professional Studies, he is still a part time lecturer at Seth C Edwards Memorial Theological Institute and a Board member of Anthoinette Tubman Chershire Home for the physically and mentally challenged.
During Fr. Sellee’s administration, the church opened the J. Dwalu Kimber Episcopal School in 2010, a project that was initiated by Rev. Josephine Davis prior to her retirement. The objective of the school project is two-fold; provide quality education, and serve as a means of evangelism. St. Andrew’s Church, Mount Pleasant, SC. is a major contributing partner to this project.
Fr. Sellee has undertaken several new initiatives, including a scholarship program launched to provide assistance to needy youths in the parish. Fr. Sellee resumed the regular Bible studies and prayer meetings at the church. Fr. Sellee also writes a religious column on different religious, political, socio-economic issues from a biblical and theological perspective.
He is married to Korlah Sellee and this union is blessed with three children, Trevor, Kpana and George.