In a heartening display of youthful devotion and faith, Master Frederick Acheampong Mensah from the Bompata Area emerged victorious in this year’s Preacher Kid Contest, organised by the Children’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost.
Frederick secured the top spot with an impressive score of 90.33%, outshining fellow contestants.
The contest was held on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at the Pentecost International Worship Centre in Atomic, Accra, with over 2,000 children from various Areas of the Church to cheer up the contestants.
In his welcome address, Prophet David Kankam Beditor (Patron of the Children’s Ministry and Area Head for Obuasi) said the Preacher Kid competition, which started in 2018, goes beyond merely raising children filled with the Word of God but also aims to equip them with the ability to rightly divide the Word of Truth, as emphasised in 2 Timothy 2:15.
Prophet Kankam Beditor expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated trainers who tirelessly nurture the contestants, preparing them to make an indelible mark on the world.
“The Preacher Kid is more than just a contest; it’s a vital building block for the church, fostering the growth of godly children destined for maximum impact,” he stressed.
He also acknowledged the impressive lineage of previous winners and expressed hope for the emergence of genuine preachers who will deliver the unadulterated word of God to sanctify the nation.
Apostle Eric Nyamekye, Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, acknowledged the significance of the Children’s Ministry in the church and its responsibilities.
The Chairman stressed the importance of focusing on the next generation recognising the inherent limits of human existence.
“As generations evolve, they bring their unique challenges, which can only be effectively addressed by individuals from the same generation,” he said.
Apostle Nyamekye urged parents to impart the word of God to their children, emphasising the need to bridge generational gaps to prevent a time when a generation might not know God.
He commended the Preacher Kid concept, which directs children toward the Bible.
Drawing inspiration from 1 Samuel 3:1, he encouraged all to believe in the contestants’ abilities since the Lord can use them to bring about positive change.
Apostle Eric Nyamekye concluded with a call to work collectively toward a better future for The Church Of Pentecost.
The competition featured distinguished judges, including Apostle Colonel B. G. Kumi-Woode (Director of Worship Affairs in the Ghana Armed Forces), Apostle Tony Mensah (Resident Minister at PIWC-Atomic), and Mrs Gifty Dansoah Otu-Appiah (wife of Goaso Area Head).
Her Worship Susan Nyarkotey, a deaconess of the church, expertly managed the timekeeping.
Five talented contestants showcased their prowess by delivering powerful sermons on the theme: “Repositioning the Local Church For Maximum Impact in the Nations” during the first round.
In the second round, they shifted their focus to “Repositioning the Children For Maximum Impact in the Local Church.”
Master Frederick Acheampong Mensah’s exceptional performance earned him the 1st position with a commanding score of 90.33%.
Master Jesse Quashie Kwansah from Takoradi Area secured the 2nd position with 83.83%.
Miss Nhyira Asare Duah, representing the Teshie-Nungua Area, claimed the 3rd position with 76.67%.
Master Kwadwo Akyede Kese Debrah from the Tamale Area took the 4th position with 75.70%, while Master Wakefield Attafoe Serebour, representing the Kete-Krachie Area, clinched the 5th position with 72.83%.
The General Secretary, Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi, expressed his excitement after witnessing the children passionately proclaim God’s word with strength and conviction.
He noted that the competition signals a promising future for The Church of Pentecost, with potential future ministers and ministers’ wives among the ranks.
Apostle Obuobi encouraged child workers to redouble their efforts to nurture young talents, emphasising the importance of investing time and commitment in the Children’s Ministry.
The Children’s Director, Pastor Professor William Otoo Ellis, extended his gratitude for the journey thus far, thanking God for His grace.
He encouraged all attendees to take a moment to thank parents, guardians, and especially child workers for their unwavering dedication and support.
In attendance were Apostle Dr Amos Jimmy Markin (Evangelism Ministry Director and Executive Council Member), Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah-Agyeman (Teshie-Nungua Area Head), Apostle Boakye Agyarko (Haatso Area Head), Apostle Joseph Danzel (Achimota Area Head), and Apostle Kingsley Addai (Resident Minister, PIWC Kokomlemle).
Others present included Pastor Emmanuel Appah (Finance and Administration Director, Headquarters), Pastor Felix Okyere Anti (Administrative Assistant to the General Secretary), Pastor Alexander Nyame (National Coordinator of the Ministry to Persons With Disabilities), Pastor Kwadwo Obeng (Campus Pastor, University of Ghana – Legon), Elder Ebenezer Acheampong (PEMEM Deputy Director), National Executive Committee (NEC) Members of the Children’s Ministry, Area Ministry Leaders, among others.