The Reverend Dr Daniel Osei Bediako-Akoto, 62, was inducted into office as the new chairperson for the Sekyere Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, at Mampong Asante on Sunday.
Rev Dr Bediako-Akoto the immediate past Coordinating Minister for Ridge Church, Accra, and former District Minister for Holland/Belgium, succeeds Rev Ernest Odame-Asare, whose tenure ended August last year.
Preaching the sermon, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Right Rev Professor joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, called on Christians to strip themselves of all “vanity, arrogance and pride” and humbly serve the poorest in society.
Using John the Baptist as a case study, the Moderator said John had a powerful ministry and he was very famous at the time, but was very humbled, dedicated and loyal to the one who called to duty.
He charged Ghanaians to rededicate themselves and work selflessly to speed up the socio-economic development of the country.
Right Rev Prof Mante said selflessness and dedication to duty, truth and compassion for others is what is needed at work places at all times in the current development process of the country.
The Moderator asked people in leadership positions to be humble and eschew arrogance, greed and power-drunkenness in order not to inflame passion.
The Right Rev Mante urged the new chairperson to ensure that during his tenure more people would come to know Christ than ever before and cautioned him against anything that could bring the name of Jesus Christ and Christianity in general into disrepute.
The Right Rev Mante advised the new Presbytery Chairperson to sow seeds of evangelism and love among the congregation.
In his induction speech, Rev. Dr. Bediako- koto laid out an elaborate plan to double the membership of the church through a rigorous evangelism programme which would be coupled with social services to members and vulnerable groups.
The spoke about the need for children of school going age to be educated
He said one of his major vision is discipleship where young people within the Presbytery would be trained to carry out the message of Church Christ in order to win and bring more people into the Church.
Rev Dr Bediako-Akoto commended former chairpersons of the Presbytery for their dedication and exemplary leadership, which had made the Presbytery as it is now.
He promised to implement the mission, vision, strategy and development plans of the Presbytery, and to promote evangelism to win more souls for Christ.
The Chairperson paid tribute to the founding fathers of the Church who sacrificed their lives to sow the seed of Christianity to the people of Sekyere.
Rev Bediako-Akoto is a product of Protestant Theological University in Amsterdam the Netherlands where he obtained his PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey USA where he obtained Master of Theology, Trinity Theological Seminary Legon Accra, Bachelor of Divinity.
Source-Rev George Larbi