The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has been inducted into office as the new President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC).
He takes over from Reverend Prof. Paul Yaw Frimpong-Manso, who is the immediate past General Superintendent of Assemblies of God, Ghana. Apostle Dr. Aaron Ami-Narh, the President of The Apostolic Church, Ghana, was also inducted into office as the Second Vice President of GPCC.
A colourful induction service, which was held on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Kokomlemle, in Accra, brought together heads of churches and para-church organisations, the clergy, government officials, and members of various churches in Ghana.
Apostle Nyamekye, before his election into the high office, served as the Second Vice President of the Council.
Delivering the sermon on the topic, “Unity In The Spirit,” using Ephesians 4:1-7 as his main scripture, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, former Chairman of The Church of Pentecost and President of the GPCC, said that for the church to be able to accomplish its task, it must manifest unity.
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit, through the bond of peace,” he stated, urging, “Practice mutual submission if you want to preserve the unity in the Spirit. Leaders should not only bring people who will speak in their favour, but also people that can speak the truth in love, not anger.”
New President’s Response
In his response, the newly inducted GPCC President said: “Together with my Executives, we will be committed to pushing further the very objective GPCC seeks to achieve – promote good relationship, encourage effective networking among member churches and other church organisations, promote fellowship that will activate revivals, and maintain high standard Christian doctrines.”
He added: “In our advocacy, we don’t intend to react to every happening around, rather adopting research-based advocacy, the Council shall seek to influence not only national policies that will affect us in the nation but also in our way of life.”
In the same event, Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso, the out-gone President of the Council, was farewelled.
Gracing the occasion, which was Chaired by Right Reverend Dr Gordon Kisseih (First Vice President of GPCC and Presiding Bishop of Life International Churches), were Hon. Elizabeth Sackey (Major of Accra), Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee (Executive Director, Salt & Light Ministries), Apostle Jude Hammer (Former Director, Scripture Union), Very Rev. Dr. John Kwesi Addo Jnr (General Secretary, Bible Society of Ghana), Heads of Ecumenical bodies, Heads of Churches, National Executive Members of GPCC, among others.
Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye, the 6th Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, was called into the full-time ministry in 1991. He has since served in many stations including South Africa where he was a missionary.
He is also an Advisory Committee member of the Pentecostal World Fellowship and a Global Cabinet member of Empowered 21.
He holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Commercial Management-UK, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Applied Theology from the University of Manchester, UK and a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from the University of Ghana, Legon.
He is currently pursuing his PhD at the South African Theological Seminary.
Brief history of GPCC
The Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) is the largest ecumenical body of churches in the country. It was established in 1969 by the four main Pentecostal churches: The Assemblies of God, the Christ Apostolic Church, The Apostolic Church-Ghana, and The Church of Pentecost.
It was established to pursue the unity of the body of Christ, to propagate the gospel and to meet the spiritual and socio-economic needs of its members and Ghanaians in general.