The Rt. Rev. Dr. Hilliard K. Dela Dogbe was born to Presiding Elder Emile Doe Dogbe-Gakpetor,of blessed memory,and Mrs. Catherine EfuaDogbe-Gakpetor on April 5, 1970 in Accra, Ghana. Having been baptized under the hands of the esteemed Bishop W. A. Hilliard, and received into full membership by Bishops Cecil Bishop and Ruben Lee Speaks, Hilliard grew up in faith in the A. M. E. Zion Church. Until his election, Hilliard was the Pastor in Charge of Aggrey Memorial A. M. E. Zion Church, Mamprobi and also served as the Chief of Staff and Protocol to Bishop Seth Lartey. He is currently the Bishop of the Western West Africa Episcopal District, an area covering North Ghana, West Ghana, Mid-Ghana, Liberia, East Ghana, Cote D'Ivoire, and Togo. His ministry objective is to pursue and attain excellence in ministry through the “wholistic” empowerment of individuals and congregations, while striving to rescue the perishing and care for the dying. Besides being an astute administrator, Rt. Rev. Dr. Dogbe is a pastor, a counselor, an academic, a church builder, and a leader with a proven ministry in Ghana and beyond. Bishop Dogbe married to Mrs. Cynthia Serwaa Dogbe and they are blessed with two sons, Emile Delali and Ellis Delassie Dogbe.
Bishop Hilliard Dogbe attended the Luther Seminary, St Paul, MN where he attained a Doctorate in Philosophy with distinction. Also to his credit are a Master of Theology- Pastoral Care and Counseling and a Master of Arts in Practical Theology (Christian Education) from the Trinity Theological Seminary and the Princeton Theological Seminary, NJ respectively. Furthermore, he has a knowledge base in ministry, leadership, church administration as well as business administration.
His passion for multi-generational ministry finds high premium in his ministry to the youth and the aged. He places much emphasis on the “wholistic” development of each individual and the total wellbeing of all. Thus he has served in different capacities in the A.M.E Zion church. He was once the acting presiding elder of the Accra Central District. He served as pastor in charge of A. M. E. Zion Church, Aggrey Memorial Society-Mamprobi, Bishop Speaks Society-Accra New Town, and assistant pastor in ,Ebenezer Society-New Sempe, and Little Rock Society-New Achimota. He also served as the Chairman District Finance Board-Accra Central District and Chairman, Accra New Town Local Council of Churches -Christian Council of Ghana. Bishop Dogbe was also the International Supervisor-Field Education in Princeton Theological Seminary and Finance Officer/Admin Manager at the Christian Endeavour Service Center.
Rt. Rev. Dogbe has also done some work in academia enhancing the capacity of ministers through teachings and leadership development programs. He is an Adjunct Lecturer – Pastoral Care and Counseling, Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana. He was an Adjunct Instructor in Congregation and Community Care Leadership, at the Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN and Assistant Lecturer in Leading from the Heart (NVC) Workshops, St Paul, MN (http://www.luthersem.edu/leadingfromtheheart/default.aspx). He was Teaching Assistant, Trinity Theological Seminary and AME Zion Institute of Theology and Conference Studies, Ghana the latter of which he was Assistant to the Dean.
Bishop Dogbe has 2 books to his credit. The first book published by Woeli Publishing Services in Ghana was Alcoholism in the African Family: A Christian Perspective. The second was “The Church and Alcoholism in Ghana: A Practical Theological Interpretation, published by Print Logistics in Ghana. He has a number of presentations to his credit, these include; Congregational Response to Alcoholism and The Trinity and Ecclesial Identity both presented at the PhD Colloquy Presentations in Luther Seminary. The Place of the Family in Contemporary Christian Education’ and ‘Kingdom Building II, Moving to the Next Level: Accepting Responsibility’ in AME Zion Church, Christian Education Convention, Louisville, KY. Disciple Making; The Task of the Saved’ at the AME Zion Church, Christian Education Convention, Charlotte, NC and Overcoming Challenges of Ministry in the New Millennium at the National Pastors Conference, Agbozume in Ghana.
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Bishop Dogbe is a Member of the Society for Pastoral Theology. The Bishop currently serves as Chairperson, Governing Council Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana, and is a Member of Governing Council of Livingstone College, N.C. USA, Advisory Bible Society of Ghanaand Executive Committee- Christian Council of Ghana