The L.A. Nyarko Memorial Sanctuary in Suhum, yesterday could not contain the well-wishers, ministers, and members of The Church of Pentecost and beyond, as Apostle Anthony Kwesi Eghan Ekuban, Suhum Area Head, and his wife, Mrs. Jennifer Ekuban, retired from the full-time ministry of the church after 36 years of meritorious service.
The General Secretary of the church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, officiated the memorable retirement service. He was strongly supported by the Coordinator for the Eastern Regional Coordinating Committee, who doubles as the Area Head of Koforidua, Apostle Samuel Osei Asante.
Anthony Eghan Kwesi Ekuban, was born on March 24, 1957 at Bremang Asikuma in the Central Region of Ghana to Opanyin Francis Eghan Ekuban (deceased) and Madam Mary Appiah. He had his basic education at Bremang Asikuma Primary School. He proceeded to Oninku Drive No. 2 Middle School in Tema in 1972 where he obtained the Middle School Leaving Certificate (MSLC).
Before his call into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost, in 1986, he worked with Sterling Products as Quality Control Manager. While in active ministry, he served in nine administrative stations of the church. They are Nsawkaw (1986- 1990); Nkrankwanta (1990 – 1992); Sunyani West (1992 – 1997); and New Tafo (1997 – 2000). Between 2000 and 2007, he was sent as a National Head and Missionary to Tanzania and returned to Ghana as an Area Head in Wa (2007 – 2011); Goaso (2011 – 2014); Anyaa Ablekuma (2014 – 2017) and Suhum (2017 – 2022).
He served as the Chairman of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council in Suhum (2019- 2022) and Chairman of the Local Council of Churches (LCC), Suhum (2020- 2022).
Apostle Anthony Eghan Ekuban is married to Mrs. Jennifer Ekuban, with whom they have four children and nine grandchildren.
Delivering the sermon on the topic, “The God We Worship,” using Psalm 86:8-10 as scriptural reference, the Koforidua Area Head of the church, Apostle Asante indicated that despite we living in a world where so many people claim to know God, their lives speaks otherwise.
He said that we worship the God of the Bible who through His words, created the heavens and the earth.
Therefore, he urged those who do not know God to endeavour to accept and do the will of God, saying, “God exists and never changes; He is the creator of the world who is still in the business of creating; he is eternal, incomprehensible but knowable.”
According to him, in our quest to worship God, He revealed Himself in three dimensions, which are being in the form of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The Executive Council Member stated that “worship is the praise, adoration, and reverence of God both in public and private,” adding, “it is a celebration of the worthiness of God by which honour is given to His name.”
The testimony of the General Council described Apostle Ekuban as a disciplined and hardworking man of God. According to them, he demonstrated empathy towards all who engaged with him.
“With his evangelistic enthusiasm, Apostle A.E.K. Ekuban submits to the will of God in winning souls into His Kingdom,” the testimony stated.
The Suhum Area Women’s Ministry also described Mrs Jennifer Ekuban as a woman of prayer who constantly stood on her feet for long hours in prayers, which is indeed remarkable, saying, “She is humble, kind, and respectful towards everyone. She is polite and patient in dealing with people and issues, hence a unifier and great team player.”
“Apostle Ekuban is an innovative leader who always seeks better ways to push boundaries and break new grounds. Under his leadership, the relationship between the church and other churches has moved to a new pedestal,” the Suhum Area Presbytery stated…
Poised as a man who exhibited servant-leadership, the Area Pastorate of Suhum further described Apostle Ekuban as a leader who brought a lot of transformation to the area. According to the testimony, he was greatly concerned about the welfare of the brilliant-but-needy students in the area and improved upon the enrolment drive of beneficiaries of the area scholarship scheme.
Gracing the occasion were Barima Amoako Kokra Boame (Kokorasehene), Owoabrempong Odi Agyeibea (Kokorasehemaa), Nana Konadu Kontie (Homosuhemaa), among other chiefs and traditional leaders in Suhum.
Also present were Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi (Asamankese Area), Prophet Foster Aniakwaa (Nkawkaw Area), Apostle Daniel Yeboah Nsaful (Koforidua Effiduase Area), Apostle Seth Kwaku Asomaning (Akim Oda Area), Apostle Victor Asamoah (Afram Plains Area), Apostle Samunel Nana Yaw Agyei (Kade Area), Apostle Yaw Adu (Nsawam Area), Mrs Grace Gakpetor (wife of Agormanya Area Head), and Dcns. Beatrice Kwafo (former Women’s Ministry Director).
In their response, Apostle Anthony Eghan Ekuban (Retired) and his family expressed their utmost thanks to God and the leadership of the church for their continuous support throughout their 36 years of ministry.
The General Secretary lauded Apostle Anthony Ekuban for meritoriously serving diligently, saying, “Well done!”