The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt. Rev. Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante has exhorted Christians never to forget where we were before we were graciously saved. “No matter where God has placed you, do not forget where you were before God came through for you, and always look back to give thanks to God and appreciate Him.” He said this during the valedictory service organised by the PCG in his honour.
Giving the homily anchored on Psalm 103:4, Rt. Rev. Prof. J. O. Y. Mante urged Christians to have joy in worshipping God to create intimacy with our Creator. He explained that our inner being needs to find the real meaning of life; it found its real meaning when it was in good relationship with God. He explained that the wondering soul could find rest and peace in worshipping the Lord, adding that worshipping the Lord connects us to receive from God our purpose and direction in life.
In his thanksgiving message, Prof. Mante said, “God has done a lot for all of us and if you don’t know what He has done for you, the fact that you are alive is enough and always remember that it is the Lord who has kept you this far”.
The Rt. Rev. Prof. J. O. Y. Mante, the 18th Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana was ordained as a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in 1981 and has since served the Church as an Associate Minister, District Minister, Chairperson, and Moderator and has spent most of his ministry time in training agents of the PCG and beyond.
In 2018, he was elected as the 18th Moderator of the Genral Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana during the 18th General Assembly of the Church to succeed the Rt. Rev. Prof. Cephas Narh Omenyo whose term of office was short lived due to ill-health.
The elected 19th Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana is Rev. Dr. Abraham Nana Opare-Kwakye, who is currently the Chairperson of the Ga Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.
The President Calls for Peace
H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on the Church and every Ghanaian to pray for the peace and unity of the nation of Ghana. On his part, the President intimated that he will ensure that no person or group of persons will destroy the peace that we enjoy today.
“I want to state for the record that under my watch, no person or group of persons, no matter their political coloration, will destabilize our country or destroy the peace that all of us are enjoying. It will not happen.”
The President of the Republic, Nana Akufo-Addo shared this thought during the valedictory service for the 18th Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt. Rev. Professor Joseph Ofori Yeboah Mante, at the Victory Congregation of the Presbyterian Church, Frafraha, Adenta in the Greater Accra Region.
The President eulogized Papa J.O.Y. Mante as someone who had acquitted himself creditably in his office as the Moderator. He has been an effective leader of the Presbyterian Church and of the Christian community in Ghana. The President puts it, “He is a good definition of a Presbyterian, lover of God and mankind, strict disciplinarian, modest, hardworking, straight-talking and orderly during his time in office.”
He said that throughout Rev. Prof. Mante’s tenure, the Presbyterian Church could still boast of staying true to the attributes that they stood for. “I am sure his services to our country are by no means over. In whatever capacity you find yourself, our nation will continue to benefit from your rich experience and leadership,” the President added.
Ghana for all the assistance the PCG had offered the country in the areas of education, health, and agriculture, among others, for almost two centuries. He praised the Church for supporting wholeheartedly national development holistically.
During this all-important programme, the Boys’ Brigade international cloth was officially out-doored. The National President and some of the executive members were present for the unveiling. A guard of honour parade was organised by the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigades of the Ga Presbytery in honour of the Moderator.
The beautiful and solemn service organised by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana for the Moderator was graced by Ministers of the Gospel/State, Religious leaders, institutional leaders, and many others. In attendance to warm the hearts of participants with melodious songs were the Harmonious Chorale, the Victory Choir, and the Praises team.
Rev. Ebenezer Ahenkan Owusu
Public Relations Unit