The immediate past International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost and current Area Head for Haatso, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, has been celebrated for accomplishing his calling and ending it in splendour.
Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo and his wife, Mama Elizabeth, officially retired from the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost on Sunday, August 20, 2023, at a glamorous service held in his honour at the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC)-Atomic, Accra, after 32 years of fruitful ministry.
The mammoth service was officiated by the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye.
Present to assist the Chairman were the Madina Area Head, Apostle Martin Seth Appiah; some Members of the Executive Council, including Apostle Yaw Adjei-Kwarteng (Bompata Area Head), Apostle Ousmane Patinde Zabre (Burkina Faso National Head), Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh (PEMEM Director), Apostle Mike Etrue (Koforidua Area Head), Apostle Sylvester Arhin (Tamale Area Head), the General Secretary-elect, Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi, and Executive Council Member-elect, Apostle Dr Dieudonne Komla Nuekpe.
Others were the former Chairman of the church, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah (Rtd); former General Secretaries of the church – Apostles Rigwell Ato Addison, Albert Amoah and Dr Alfred Koduah, all now retired; the General Secretary of GPCC, Apostle Immanuel Tettey, National Heads from various nations across the world; traditional leaders, among others.
Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo was born in Accra on December 26, 1958, to Mr Ferdinand Gyesi-Addo (now of blessed memory) and Madam Grace Afful. His parents hailed from Agona Nyakrom in the Central Region.
He started basic education at Nyakrom Methodist Primary School in 1964 and completed in 1973 and, after that, continued at the Sackey-Adoo Secretarial Institute, Accra, in 1974.
Through self-tuition and part-time courses in various institutions in Ghana and abroad, he obtained the following certificates: Diploma with distinction in Bilingual Secretaryship (Agence d’Or, Accra), French Diploma in Business Management (French Chamber of Commerce/Alliance Française), Certificate in French (Advanced), Certificates in Records Management; Office Management and Administration (from Management Development and Productivity Institute (MDPI), Accra), among other certificates.
He also holds a degree in Theology from Pentecost University. Born and bred in the Methodist Church, where he was once a chorister, he became a member of The Church of Pentecost, Darkuman Assembly, when he joined his father in Accra in March 1974 and baptised by immersion in May 1975.
He was employed in April 1975 as a typist with the British India Insurance Company (which later became Zenith Assurance Company) in Accra, rising through the ranks to become the company’s Administrative Secretary until he resigned in 1985.
He then joined the Bank for Housing and Construction (BHC) Headquarters in Accra, where he served as the Administrative Secretary to two World Bank consultants newly seconded to Ghana.
After a brief but exciting spell with the bank, he resigned in 1986 and joined the giant American Pharmaceutical Company – then known as Sterling Products Ghana Limited. He resigned in July 1991 due to his call into the full-time ministry.
He joined the full-time ministry in 1991, and he was posted to the Headquarters as the first Administrative Secretary and Personal Assistant to the first IMD, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah, and served concurrently at Twereboa Assembly in the Odorkor District as the first Resident Minister from 1991-1994.
He served in the following stations:
Agona Nsaba (1994-1995), Senegal – Missionary and National Head (1995-1998), Togo and Niger: Missions Office Assignments (1998-1999), Switzerland – Missionary and National Head (1999-2002), PIWC, Tema (2002-2003), Tema South, now Greenwich Meridian District (2003-2007), Gabon – Missionary and National Head (2007–2011), International Missions Director (2011-2021), and Haatso as Area Head (2021-2023).
The Haatso Area Presbytery, in their testimony, said that Apostle Gyesi-Addo exudes love and humility with a consistent work ethic and believes in all-inclusiveness and broad consultation.
The Area Women’s Ministry described Mrs Elizabeth Gyesi-Addo ass bold, generous, someone who loves people, and always wants to share whatever she has with others.
The Area Pastorate, on their part, said Apostle Gyesi-Addo demonstrated wisdom, confidence, a peaceful heart and a remarkable ability to advance the work of God in the Area.
The General Council also noted that Apostle Gyesi-Addo exemplified a spirit of humility, love, and steadfastness in the Lord’s service.
Describing him as a missionary par excellence, the General Council stated: “Apostle Gyesi-Addo is among the awesome missionaries of our time whom the Lord has raised to serve His purpose in his generation.”
It added: “His dedication and impact have been profound, leaving an indelible mark on the growth and expansion of God’s Kingdom throughout Ghana and other nations.”
The PEMEM Director, Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh, preaching the sermon on the topic, “A Mission Accomplished Soldier Deserves Well Done” based on Matthew 25:14-30, among other scriptures, stated: “Today, we are celebrating another remarkable soldier of the cross. Like the Apostle Paul, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo has also fought the good fight, run the race, and is still keeping the faith.”
He called on believers to keep working to accomplish the mission which God has called them into and remain faithful to Him in order to accomplish their task.
Apostle Gyesi-Addo and his wife were full of joy to God and the leadership of the church for helping them to accomplish their mission.