19 Jan 2012

Funeral for Marshalls church leader Samson

12:42 pm on 19 January 2012

Thousands of Marshall Islanders have attended funeral services for The Reverend Jude Samson, who was the longest serving leader of the United Church of Christ in the Marshall Islands.

The Reverend Samson died last week and is to be buried in Majuro today following funeral services at the headquarters for the dominant Protestant church in the Marshall Islands.

This week, by presidential proclamation, flags were lowered to half-staff to honour the Reverend Samson.

The United Church of Christ was the first Christian church established in the Marshall Islands by Boston-based Congregational missionaries in 1857 and remains the largest church in the country.