Presbyterian Church of Ghana ordains 19 ministers
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) has ordained 19 ministerial probationers at separate services at the Ascension Congregation in Koforidua and Emmanuel Congregation at Akwatia in the Akuapem and Akyem Abuakwa Presbyteries respectively.
Preaching the sermon at the Ascension Congregation in Koforidua on the theme “Do you know why you have been called?” the former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Very Rev.Prof. Emmanuel Martey said throughout Biblical history, people have been called and they have answered differently.
He said some inadequate persons were called sanctified and empowered for their task. He said some other people were called but declined to respond to the call because they do not have the requisite qualifications.
Very Rev Martey therefore urged the ministers to be obedient to their calling and live up to the expectation of the Church and God who has called them.
At the Emmanuel Congregation at Akwatia the former Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Herbert Anim-Opong, in his sermon admonished the new ministers not to be afraid of the challenges they were going to face in the ministry but look up to God who had called them.
He urged them to accept postings to wherever they would be sent to in order to make the word of God available to all people.
Rev. Anim-Opong, who is also the Chairperson for the North America/Australia Presbytery of the church, cautioned the new ministers not to abuse their positions, but to instead humble themselves before God and their fellow men.
He further urged them to make their congregations places of comfort, where people who were in a state of fear could go to seek peace.
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, the Rt. Rev. Professor Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante who officiated at the ordination services, asked the newly ordained ministers to selflessly contribute their quota to make the various congregations in the church dynamic.
He asked them to pray always and seek the face of God which, according to him, was the only way to have a complete communion with God.
The Moderator was assisted by the Clerk of the General Assembly, Rev Dr Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor and some members of the General Assembly Council of the PCG.
The newly ordained ministers are Rev’ds Paul Odoi, Joycelyn Benedicata Ohene-Darko, Patrick Amoah Gyampoh, John Terkernor Nartey, William Nkansah, Francis Fianko, Isaac Dapaah Frimpong, William Asiamah, Seth Owusu Ansah and Stephen Ofori.
The rest were Rev.d’s Albert Ntim Amankwa, James Charles Antwi, Philip Appianing, Joseph Agyei Boakye, Eric Boateng, Isaac Boateng, Alfred Kwarteng, Forster Temeng, and Mercy Yeboah.
In attendance was Osabarima Kofi Boateng III, Akwatiahene who is a member of the Congregation