Date: November 13, 2017
The mortal remains of the late Pastor Richard Adu Gyamfi was interred on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
The late Pastor Adu Gyamfi, 48, was the District Minister of Akuapim Amanfro District in the Koforidua Area of The Church of Pentecost. He was called to eternal glory on October 4, 2017, at the Koforidua Central Hospital after a short illness. He is survived by a wife, Grace and four children.
Delivering the sermon at the burial and memorial service on the topic, “To Die in Christ is Gain” (Philippians 1:21-22), Pastor Dickson Boahen of the Two Streams District, began by saying that, “There are some acts of God which men cannot understand, that is why He is God.”
He said even though Apostle Paul was hard pressed between life and death, he still had the strength to encourage the church because he was not afraid of death.
Pastor Boahen explained that death used to be a terror to mankind. According to him, because of the fear of death, people were held in slavery until Jesus Christ came.
Reading from Ephesians 4:7-14, he spoke of how Christ, through his death overcame death and set captives free, giving gifts to men. “Therefore, anyone who puts his faith in Christ is set free from the grips of death, for Christ conquered death,” he said, adding, “That is why we can boldly say that blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.”
Born on 28th July, 1969 at Oyoko, Ashanti, Richard Adu Gyamfi alias Kwadwo Adutwum, grew up in Oyoko and had his pre-school, primary and middle school education at the Local Authority (L/A) School. He pursued secondary education for the General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE ‘O’ – Level) at Effiduasi Secondary/Commercial School (EFFISCO) and had the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE ‘A’ - level) at Kumasi Workers College.
He took the opportunity to pursue a professional course in Accounting (ACCA) and later Theology at Pentecost University College – Sowutuom, Accra, after he had been called into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 2006. He served in Mensah Dawa District in Agormanya Area from 2008-2013 and at Akuapem-Amanfro District in the Koforidua Area from 2013 until his death.
Prior to his call to the full-time ministry, he worked as an Accounts Officer with Star Assurance Company Limited in Accra. He later came back to Kumasi and took up a teaching appointment at the Church of Christ International School at Bantama.
He left the shores of Ghana in 1996 for The Gambia and taught at New Era High School and later became Principal of the same school. He left The Gambia and went to Israel in the year 2000. He returned to Ghana in 2004 and joined the then Bethel Worship Centre, now Bremang Extension District in the New Tafo Area of The Church of Pentecost.
In a tribute, the General Council of The Church of Pentecost described the late Pastor Richard Adu Gyamfi as a man of action, very energetic, focused and worked with vision. “He was very proactive and bold in tackling issues, principled and would not compromise the word of God and policies of the Church.
“He exhibited good leadership qualities and lived by them. He was also a prayer warrior, a good teacher of the Bible and had great zeal for evangelism,” it said.
The solemn service was attended by several ministers of the Church.
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