As per the white paper of The Church of Pentecost during the 17thExtraordinary Council Meetings in May this year, 22 members of boards and committees in the church were reviewed after serving meritoriously over a period of years.
A short appreciation ceremony was held yesterday [Tuesday, October 18, 2022] at the Church’s General Headquarters, at La, in Accra to honour and appreciate their long service in the church.
In a brief address, the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye on behalf of the Executive Council expressed his profound appreciation to the past members of the various boards and committees and acknowledged their tremendous efforts and contributions made in the success of the church.
“Life is full of changing scenes and so far as the earth is concerned, generations will come for generational leaders to be changed. It is all in the interest of the work,” Apostle Nyamekye said.
According to the Chairman, after much prayer and deliberations are done, a section of leaders is considered to fill in various places in the church where they support the overall vision of the leadership.
However, he noted that since those chosen are lay ministers and a few ministers, much burden is laid on them. Therefore, reviews become necessary to allow others continue or end, granting the opportunity for others to help too.
Reading from 1 Chronicles 9:9-10, Apostle Nyamekye revealed that King David did not succeed in his reign over Israel not only because God was with him but the chiefs of his mighty warriors together with the whole of Israel gave his kingship strong support to extent it over the whole land as the Lord promised.
“We want to say that The Church of Pentecost is so much spread across the whole world today. We are being talked about positively because behind the leaders, you gave us strong support,” he said, stating, “A lot of people think we just pray but they do not know the number of meetings and the support systems that we have at each stage of administration.”
Apostle Nyamekye then indicated that members who hold positions in the church or serve in various capacities are not reviewed and changed because they do not perform well, but rather to allow others to come on board to help.
The General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi on behalf of the Chairman presented them with plaques and tokens to appreciate their servitude to the church.
Among those reviewed were the Pentecost Hospital Board (Apostle Lawrence Otu-Nyarko who served for 2 years); Music Committee (Elder Dr Emmanuel Kwasi Mireku who served 26 years and Mrs. Margaret Darko Ankomah who served for 8 years); Pentecost Convention Centre (Prophet James Osei Amoaniampong Rtd. who served for 9 years, Pastor Ben Akuetteh Noye who served for 2 years, Elder Joseph Kofi Amankwah, who served for 3 years, and Deaconess Angela Peasah, who served for 9 years); National Discipleship & Leadership Development Committee (Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh, who served for 4 years, and Apostle William Boakye Agyarko, who served for 4 years).
Others are Pension Board (Apostle David Tettey Tekper, who served for 8 years and Elder Samuel Antwi, who served for 8 years); Ministerial Committee (Prophet James Osei Amaniampong Rtd., who served for 5 years and Prophet Ebenezer Kofi Appiah, who served for 5 years); and Finance Board (Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi, who served for 8 years and Elder Elisha Asiedu Amponsah, who served for 18 years).
The rest, are PENSA International Coordinating Committee (Pastor Franklin Kumi Lartey, who served for 3 years, Pastor Daniel Nana Sei Mensah, who served for 3 years, Elder Stepheny Finjap Wanji, who served for 3 years, Dr Olugbenga Samson Onile, who served for 3 years, Elder Dr. Kloutse Kodjo Biava, who served for 3 years, and Elder Dr. Emmanuel Duah, who served for 3 years.), and Youth Ministry-NEC (Pastor Godwin Ako-Addo, who served for 4 years and Pastor Ebenezer Agyapong, who served for 2 years).
Giving a response on behalf of the awardees, Apostle David Tettey Tekper, the Achimota Area Head stated that, “We are grateful that it pleased the Lord to lay His hands on us to serve in various capacities in building the Kingdom. All that we did was to the service of the Lord and we are grateful to the Executive Council.”
The Executive Council Member lauded the leadership of the church led by the Chairman for their thoughtfulness in acknowledging their support to the structures, and assured of their readiness to respond to the call of service anytime.
Present was the International Missions Director (IMD), Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, and some Heads of Department at the General Headquarters.