The Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone was founded on 24th August 1959 by five church denominations, comprising Missionary Church of Africa, United Brethren in Christ, Assemblies of God, United Pentecostal Mission and Wesleyan Church of Sierra Leone.
The Organisation was established to create fellowship among the Evangelicals, to uphold the Biblical truths, to advance Bible study and discipleship, to evangelise Sierra Leone, to train Church Workers and to do social Ministry. EFSL was incorporated in 1977 and currently enjoys a Christian NGO status through membership of the Sierra Leone Association of Non-Government Organisations (SLANGO)
EFSL has a membership of 48 Churches denominations Para-Church Organization and individuals.
EFSL is a member of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). Membership certificate was issued in 1968, thus EFSL became the first African Evangelical Alliance to be a member of the WEA (then WEF). In 1970 the fellowship was accepted into the membership of the Association of Evangelicals of Africa . EFSL was also a founding member of the Micah network in 2001.
EFSL’s BGA was held in September 2021 in the southern town of Bo and attended by 250 delegates representing EFSL members across Sierra Leone. The theme for the conference, based on Psalm 78:4-6, was ‘Raising the Next Generation’. As well as listening to the Word of God, the delegates elected new EFSL Board Members and a new General Secretary: Pastor Gadiru Bassie.
Pastor Gadiru is married to Margaret, and they have four children (two girls and two boys). Their eldest son is a pastor serving with Mt Sanai Ministries in Freetown. Pastor Gadiru was born and raised by Muslim parents who prevented him from going to church. But by the grace of God, Pastor Gadiru accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Saviour in 1998 through door to door evangelism by Hannah, wife of Rev Timothy Kettor, senior pastor at Calvary Free Pentecostal Church in Freetown. Pastor Gadiru has worked at EFSL for 16 years in a variety of capacities – most recently as Team Leader Education and Water Sanitation and Hygiene.