The outgone New Tafo Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Samuel Antwi, has gloriously retired from active ministerial service of the Church.
Apostle Samuel Antwi, who has retired after 38 years of dedicated service to the Lord and the Church, together with his wife, Mrs. Mary Antwi, was honoured at a special retirement service held last Sunday at the M. K. Yeboah Memorial Temple, Krofrom in Kumasi.
The service was officiated by Apostle Yaw Agyei Kwarteng (Bompata Area Head and Executive Council Member), ably assisted by Apostle Fred Tiakor (Asante-Bekwai Area Head), Apostle John Obeng Kesse (Suame Area Head), and Apostle Samuel Edzii Davidson (Offinso Area Head).
It was attended by people from all walks of life including active and retired ministers of the church, traditional rulers, as well as relatives and well-wishers. Also present were some clergymen from the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) member churches.
As part of the event, various testimonies applauding Apostle Samuel Antwi and his wife, Mrs. Mary Antwi, for their outstanding ministry were read and several citations were also presented to them.
Apostle Yaw Agyei Kwarteng, in a sermon on the topic: “As You Have Not Sat Down Yet,” taken from Matthew 19:28-30, noted that retirement does not mean the end of Christian service.
Making a distinction between Christian service and retirement with reference to 1 Corinthians 9:26-27, the Bompata Area Head explained that albeit the retiree takes a rest from active ministry, they must hold on to the faith and maintain their integrity until the day of the Lord.
“There is the dichotomy between the race and the ministry,” he emphasised.
To shape up one’s life nicely and avoid being disqualified for the prize on the day of reckoning, Apostle Yaw Agyei Kwarteng urged Christians, particularly retirees to keep standing against the devil (1 Corinthians 16:13); walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:25); running the race with endurance (Hebrews 12:1-2), and watching over their garments (Revelation 16:15).
Called into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 1984, Apostle Samuel Antwi served in various duty stations as a District Pastor and an Area Head.
He also held several leadership positions and served on various committees in the Church.
Report by Emmanuel Nana Nsiah