The Church Of Pentecost Builds Prison Reformation Centre

The Church of Pentecost has built an Inmates Skills Acquisition and Reformation Centre at Nsawam in the Eastern Region of Ghana as a move to reform prisoners to become useful and integrate them into society.

The 320 capacity fully-furnished facility, which was handed over to the Ghana Prisons Service at a ceremony at Ahodwo in the Nsawam-Adoagyire Municipality today Saturday, October 22, 2022, has four dormitories, an infirmary, a visitors lounge with a shop, a fully furnished administration block with auxiliary offices, an ICT lab with computers and accessories, a tailoring workshop, a carpentry workshop, a chapel fully furnished with musical instruments, baptistry, kitchen with a dining hall, soccer pitch, and volleyball pitch, CCTV Installations, and other facilities.

The Nsawam Prison Reformation Centre is the second to be built by the church, after constructing a similar one at Ejura in the Ashanti Region in May 2021. The construction of the all-male correctional centre began two years ago. The project was supervised by the Projects Development and Estate Department of The Church of Pentecost General Headquarters. Currently, two of such facilities are at various stages of completion at Damongo and Obuasi in the Savannah and Ashanti regions, respectively.

Commissioning the facility, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, highly commended The Church of Pentecost and the Chairman of the Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, for his sterling leadership.

“I can say with confidence that the commissioning of this prison facility is the high point of my working visit to the Eastern Region,” he said.

He added: “The Church of Pentecost is demonstrating exceptional leadership in its desire to develop this country through social intervention projects such as the reformation and congestion of the prisons.”

According to the President, this collaboration between the church and the government was also seen at the height of COVID-19 when the church donated its facility at Gomoa Feteh to Government as a holding centre for Covid patients.

“It shows the commitment of this church towards contributing to the development of this nation. All Ghanaians should join me to say, Ayekoo to the Church,” he stated.

In his address, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, said “as Christians, we believe we must not only lead and usher people to Heaven but also show interest in their livelihoods here on earth by making them useful to society. It is for this reason that together with the Ghana Prisons Service, this facility has been christened, Inmates Skills Acquisition and Reformation Centre.”

According to him, overcrowding is one key contributing factor to poor prison conditions in Ghana and other parts of the world, disclosing that, as of October 2022, there was a total of 14,957 inmates in Ghana’s prisons, as against the maximum capacity of 9,850.  

He further disclosed that the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons which was built to hold a total of 850 prisoners, is currently holding 3,187 prisoners, representing over 275% above the required capacity.

“Being aware of this reality, The Church of Pentecost took the initiative to partner the Ghana Prisons Service to decongest Ghanaian prisons and provide better living conditions for prison inmates,” Apostle Nyamekye stated.

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost further stated that the Prison Reformation Centre is a direct response to the Bible’s admonishing in Hebrews 13:3 which states: “Continue to remember those in prison, as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated, as if you yourselves were suffering.”

Apostle Nyamekye hinted that the Ejura Prison Camp project constructed last year by the church is already yielding some dividends. Currently, thirty-six (36) inmates, he noted, are being trained in different trades (Tailoring, Kente Weaving, Leatherworks, Carpentry, and Metalworks).  A good number of the inmates, he added, have already been trained at the workshop and have since been discharged.

“Moreover, forty (40) inmates have been enrolled on a non-formal or literacy education which began in August this year. Many of the inmates are turning a new page in their lives by accepting the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and personal saviour,” he expressed in joy.

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost further stated that in a bid to further assist the Prisons Service to decongest the prisons, the Church beginning from this year, embarked on an annual release of some prisoners with default warrant, by paying for the fines owed.

This year, he said payment has been made for a total of 42 prisoners from the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, Nsawam Female Prison, Ho Central Prison, and the James Camp Prison. The Church, he added, intends to re-orientate these prisoners to fashion out the right attitude to civil life and assist them with the needed initial support to re-start life in order to be socially reintegrated in society, saying, “For us sinners are our clients.”

Apart from the prison facilities, The Church of Pentecost is also building police stations in some communities across the country to enhance security in those places, and also providing potable drinking water in some selected deprived communities in the country, among other initiatives. A Police Station and a 20-bed capacity health facility are also ready for commissioning at Kawampe and Abesewa in the Savannah and Ashanti regions respectively.

PENTECOST NEWS

2022 Retirement Seminar Underway At PCC

The 2022 All-Inclusive Seminar for ministers and their wives who have up to 10 years (2023-2032) to retire from the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost is currently underway at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region.

About 500 ministers and their wives are attending the seminar which is on the theme, “Possessing the Nations: Serving the Saints,” – Hebrews 6:10.

Officially opening the seminar on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, the Chairman of the Pension Board of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle John Appiah Aidoo, thanked God for sustaining the lives of the ministers throughout ministry.

Apostle Aidoo thanked the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost and the Executive Council for their support to the Pension Board.

He noted that the last time the seminar was held was in 2016 and the feedback from participants was very positive as most of them requested that more such seminars should be organised at shorter intervals.

According to him, the theme for this year’s seminar has been carefully selected to reflect the five-year vision of the church which has the overarching theme of Possessing the Nations.

“As key leaders of the church, our prime focus should be to serve the saints, thereby equipping them to be agents of transformation in their spheres of life. We are called to serve just as our Master, Jesus, came to serve,” he added.

Some of the topics to be treated during the three-day seminar include Pension Schemes in Ghana, SSNIT Pension Scheme, Financial Planning Towards Retirement, Financial Procedures in The Church of Pentecost, The Church of Pentecost Pensions and Entitlement, Ageing and Related Health Issues of Concern, Mental Health Preparation for Retirement, Psychological Well-Being of the Minister.

Others are Marriage and Family Life During Retirement, Will-Process and Procedure and Interstate Succession Law, Sharing of Life Experience in Retirement/How to Thrive in Retirement, Preparing Towards a Fruitful Retirement: Real Estate Development and Asset Acquisition Management.

Statistically, Apostle Aidoo noted that as of the end of December 2021, the total number of retirees and their wives in the church was 217 whilst the number of widows stood at 115. He stated 42 ministers and their wives proceeded on retirement this year, and accordingly joined the scheme.

He also added that the Ministers Welfare Fund also cares for 44 children of ministers who qualified under the Ministers’ Children Education Scheme.

Speakers for the event include Apostle Eric Nyamekye (Chairman, CoP), Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi (General Secretary, CoP), Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe (IMD, CoP), Apostle John Appiah Aidoo (Chairman, Pension Board), Apostle Lawrence Otu-Nyarko (Finance & Administration Director, CoP), Apostle Philip Osei Korsah (Director, Counselling Ministry, CoP), Apostle Dr. Ing. Joseph Teye I. Buertey (PIWC Asokwa), Apostle Rigwell Ato Addison (Rtd) – former General Secretary of the church.

Others include Pastor Dr. Edward Arko Koranteng (Medical Director, Pentecost Hospital, Madina), Elder Paul Kofi Mante (Managing Director, EDC – Ecobank Gh. Ltd.), Mrs. Esther Mmabilla Tamakloe, Elder Lawyer Kwaku Agyei Gyamfi (Member, Pension Board/Legal Advisor, COP), Elder Dr. Stephen Ankamah-Lomotey, Mr Ernest Amartey-Vondee (Director, Planning, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation at the NPRA), and Mrs. Beatrice Osarfo of SSNIT.

PENTECOST NEWS.

Maiden All Ministers’ Conference Kick-Starts

After many days and months of waiting, the much-anticipated All Ministers’ Conference, a non-denominational conference for Ghanaian ministers of the gospel, has kick-started at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region of Ghana.

Close to 500 different Christian denominations are being represented at the historic conference which officially opened today, September 14, and will end on Friday, September 16, 2022.

Two thousand, nine hundred and sixty-seven (2,967) ministers are taking part in the conference, far exceeding the expected number of participants of 2,800. Out of the total participants, ministers from other denominations constitute the majority with 1,547 participants, while The Church of Pentecost is represented by about 1,420 ministers.

Participating in the event, which is under the theme: “Rediscovering and Fulfilling the Purpose of the Church” – Ephesians 3:10, Titus 2:13-14, are various heads of churches and prominent clergymen.  

The conference seeks to help bring to the fore the understanding of the dual purpose or the dual identity of the Church; that the Church is called out of the world to belong to God and sent back to the world to witness and to serve His purpose among the nations.

Among the speakers are Apostle Eric Nyamekye (Chairman, CoP), Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah (Rtd), immediate past Chairman of CoP and former President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso (President of the GPCC and immediate past General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Ghana), Rev. Dr. Kwabena Opuni-Frimpong (former General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana), and Apostle Dr. Ami-Narh (President of The Apostle Church).

Others are Very Rev. Prof. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (President of the Trinity Theological Seminary), Bishop Emmanuel L. Nterful, Pastor E. K. Duodu, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi (General Secretary, CoP), Dr. Joyce Aryee (CEO, Salt and Light Ministry), and Mr.  Samuel Attah-Mensah (General Manager of Citi FM).

PENTECOST NEWS.

Pentecost Convention Centre Gets New Board

A ten-member board chaired by Apostle Sylvester Arhin (Executive Council Member and Tamale Area Head) of The Church of Pentecost has been inaugurated to oversee the operations of the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), a multi-purpose Christian retreat and event centre, located at Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.

Other members of the board are Apostle James Kwabena Asare (Kasoa Area Head), Apostle Lawrence Otu-Nyarko (Finance and Administration Director of the church), Pastor Prince Odoom (Centre Manager), and Pastor James Orhin Agyin (Projects Development & Estate Manager of the church).

The rest are Elder Robert Mensah (PIWC-Sunyani), Elder Augustine Sarpong (PIWC-Atomic), Lawyer Benjamin Ampoma-Boateng (PIWC-Kokomlemle), Deaconess Mary Ankomah Sarpong (Madina District) and Mrs Diana Frema Nyarko (Headquarters).

Inaugurating the board at the General Headquarters of the church at La, Accra on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, thanked members of the board for accepting to serve the church in that capacity.

According to the Chairman, though they were carefully chosen based on their expertise and experiences, they should see it as pure grace, having been selected out of the millions of members to contribute their quota to the growth of the church.

He noted that The Church of Pentecost is doing great largely due to the fervent prayers coupled with laid-down administrative structures.

He said that boards and committees are some of the structures that are helping the church to thrive.

Apostle Nyamekye charged the board to bring to bear their rich knowledge, expertise and experiences to take the PCC to another level.

He further urged them to ensure that the purpose of constructing the Convention Centre is kept in focus.

“The Pentecost Convention Centre was built for a purpose. The purpose is to make the place a retreat centre. Therefore, the ambiance at the place should look like a Christian retreat centre, and the presence of God should be felt there,” he said, adding, “This purpose must be jealously guarded.”

Reading from Ephesians 4:16, he entreated them to work in love and collaboration with other sectors of the church.

In response, the Board Chairman, Apostle Sylvester Arhin, gave thanks to God for the opportunity to serve the church. He promised to bring their God-given knowledge and expertise to bear to effectively run the Centre.

He also commended his predecessors for the good work done.

As part of the functions of the board, it is to develop policies that will help the Centre Manager to manage and run the facility in a sustainable manner; publicise the existence of the Centre to engender greater patronage, and make the place secure and user-friendly to patrons.

In attendance were Apostles Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi and Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, the General Secretary and the International Missions Director of the church, respectively.

PENTECOST NEWS.

Aflao Area Lauds Apostle Peter Dzemekey As He Leaves For Asokwa

The Aflao Area of The Church of Pentecost on Sunday, August 28, 2022, held a colourful service at the Shekinah Temple in Aflao to officially farewell their Area Head, Apostle Peter Kofi Dzemekey, and his family, who have been transferred to the Asokwa Area in Kumasi. 

The farewell service was officiated by the International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, who was present with his wife, Mrs Deborah Agyemang Bekoe.

Present to grace the occasion was the National Head of the church in Burkina Faso and Executive Council Member, Apostle Ousmane Patinde Zabre.

Others were Apostle Joseph Danzerl and his wife (Kete-Krachi Area Head), Pastor Seth Dwamena Asante and his wife (Nkwanta Area Head), Apostle Edina Komi Agbavitoh (retired) – former National Head of Togo, as well as a delegation of ministers from neighbouring Togo, led by their National Secretary.

Achievements

Having been transferred from Akim Oda Area to the Afloa Area in 2018, together with his wife, Mama Faith, Apostle Dzemekey is credited to have worked very hard with the help of the Holy Spirit to grow the membership of the church in the Aflao Area from 35,368 to 45,507, thus winning about 10,139 souls within four years; increased tithes and Missions Offering of the Area by about 100% and 95% respectively.

Through his instrumentality, the Area has opened 64 local assemblies and created four districts in the past four years.

During his tenure, the Area has also seen great infrastructural development in the areas of mission houses, church buildings, school projects, among others, as 18 church buildings and eight mission houses have been dedicated, two buses acquired for the Aflao Pentecost Preparatory School (PPS), and also established a well-functioning credit union (PENCU) for the Area.

Sermon

Speaking at the service on the topic, “On Holy Ground” based on Exodus 3:1-5, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe stated that there are two things that can help believers to stand on holy ground – a place they can meet God. These, he said, are one’s location towards God and having a good motive in doing the work of God. 

He indicated that Moses saw the spectacular burning bush because he located himself at a good place as he moved his flock towards the far side close to the mountain of God, Mt. Horeb.

He added that Moses had a good motive while tendering the flock of his father-in-law, saying, “When your motive and location is good the Lord will open the heavens for you.”

Quoting from Luke chapter 5 and John chapter 21, the International Missions Director posited that unless one goes to the far side near God, one cannot access the glory of the Lord.

“If you want revival, change your location and position towards God and you will hear from Him,” he said.

He stressed that Moses qualified to stand on the holy ground because he had a good motive and strategically positioned himself.

The IMD added that standing on the holy ground calls for Christians to remove everything that destruct them from catching the attention of God. This, he said, was the reason why God instructed Moses to remove his sandals; the very sandals he wore and run away from Egypt, representing fear and sin.

Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe asked Apostle Dzemekey not to entertain any fear in his new station because the Lord has gone ahead of him.

PENTECOST NEWS.

Prophet Amaniampong Ends 41 Years’ Ministry In Glamour

Like the prophet Samuel, who spent all his life serving in the house of God, so is Prophet James Osei Amaniampong, who, right from school, was called into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost, some 41 years ago.

His glamorous retirement service took place at the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Asokwa in the Asokwa Area, Kumasi on Sunday, August 21, 2022. It was attended by people from all walks of life, including chiefs and queens in the Ashanti Region and beyond, loved ones, ministers and members of the church from Ghana and other countries.

Officiated by the International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, the event was graced by the immediate past Chairman of the church, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah; the immediate past IMD, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo; the National Head of the church in the USA, Apostle Michael Agyemang Amoako; the immediate past Women’s Ministry Director Mrs Grace Lucy Yeboah Asuama, and the Finance Board Chairman of the church, Elder Prof. Stephen Owusu Kwankye.

Others were the Minister of Education, Hon. Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum; the Member of Parliament for Asokwa, Hon. Patricia Appiagyei, among other government functionaries.

Sermon

In a short but powerful sermon, the IMD, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, spoke on the topic: “The Chosen Staff,” based on Numbers 17:8.

He explained that even though the call of God is there for all persons, a few ones are chosen by God for a specific task.

He posited that since God sees and knows beyond what human beings can see and know, He selects people He has deposited some unique grace to execute His work, saying, “God does not show favouritism, yet He has a choice.”

According to him, God intentionally selected Moses and his brother Aaron from the tribe of Levi, to lead the people of Israel.

He indicated that the elders of Israel grumbled among themselves due to the selection of Moses and his brother. Knowing this, God asked the elders of the land to bring 12 staffs from each of the 12 tribes of Israel to the Tent of Testimony and after daybreak, only the staff from the tribe of Levi, belonging to Aaron sprouted — budded, blossomed, and even bore fruits.

The IMD mentioned that unless one entres the Test of Testimony and meets God they can never see God and have a living testimony.

He gave four stages of life that people who meet God go through. According to him, they sprout and that no one can suppress them. They also bud, grow big and show signs of promise; blossom and finally bear fruits even in unfriendly seasons, just like the almond tree.

Profile

James Osei Amaniampong was born on April 8, 1957, as a twin at Mampong-Ashanti, to Madam Mary Afia Amaniampong and Nana Kwaku Duah Agyemang, the Gyaasehene of Ejura (both of blessed memory). He and his twin brother are the fourth of 11 siblings.

He attended Mampong Community Nursery School at Akyeremade and moved to the Mampong Presbyterian School for his basic education. As brilliant as he was, he gained admission to one of the most enviable schools at the time called St. Monica’s Infant Junior School. He later went to stay with his father at Yeji to continue his education at the Yeji Local Authority No.1 Primary School in class six.

He proceeded to the Tamale Technical Institute after which he continued at the Kumasi Polytechnic (now Kumasi Technical University) and read General Engineering with a specialisation in Ordinary Technicians Diploma (ODT) in Plant Maintenance and Work Services, in line with his ambition to enroll in the military after school.

However, he was called into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost just after he had completed the Kumasi Polytechnic in 1981.

He was ordained into the pastorate in 1986, and was ordained as a Prophet of the church in 1995. He served as District Pastor in Mampongteng (1981-1986), Old Tafo (1986-1989), Darkuman (1989-1991), Madina (1991-1995) and Takoradi (1995-1998). Additionally, he served as the National Head of the church in The Gambia (1998-2003) and as Area Head in Sunyani (2003-2008), Dansoman (2008-2011), Odorkor (2011-2013), Teshie-Nungua (2013-2018) and Asokwa (2018-2022).

Prophet James Osei Amaniampong has held many positions in the church, including an Executive Council Member (2011-2021), Board Chairman of Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa-Fetteh (2013-2022), and Greater Accra and Ashanti Regional Co-ordinating Committee Chairman, from 2015-2018 and 2018-2021, respectively. He was also the Planning Committee Chairman for the first Global Ministers and Wives’ Conference and the Ministers and Wives’ Conference from 2012 to 2019.

Testimonies

“Prophet Amaniampong has given a good account of himself as a committed and dedicated servant of God. In fact, we can simply describe him as a purpose-driven minister who always sought the overall growth of the Kingdom of God and The Church of Pentecost, in particular,” the General Council of the church in a testimony stated.

The General Council further stated: “His organisational and administrative skills were excellent. These were put to the test when he was appointed as the Planning Committee Chairman for the first Global Ministers and Wives’ Conference and the Ministers and Wives’ Conferences from 2012 to 2019 – a responsibility he discharged with perfection.”

Asokwa Area Pastorate also described Prophet Amaniampong as a results-oriented leader, mentor, and team player, who always challenges ministers to pursue excellence.

The Area Women’s Ministry, on their part, applauded Mrs Georgina Birago Amaniampong, for her support of her husband’s successful ministry.

In their response, Prophet Amaniampong and his wife were full of gratitude to God and The Church of Pentecost for giving them the opportunity to serve the church. He also thanked various individuals whom God brought their way to support their ministry.

PENTECOST NEWS.

The Church Of Pentecost-Canada Organises Retreat For Church Leaders

A two-day leadership retreat (Apostolisation) has been organised for ministers, ministers’ wives and officers of The Church of Pentecost (COP) in Canada.

The event, which took place from July 29 to 30, 2022, in Edmonton, Alberta, had the General Secretary of the Church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, and the International Missions Director (IMD), Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe as main speakers.

The retreat was hosted by the National Head of COP-Canada, Apostle Ransford Obeng Gyamfi, and drew participants from Western Canada and across the nation, including the various Heads of the Church in Canada; namely Apostle Dr. James McKeown Quainoo, Apostle Daniel Nii Lomotey Engmann, Apostle Dr. Alex Agyei-Gyamera, Apostle Joseph Christian Fynn-Sackey and Pastor George Zephaniah Amon.

Speaking on the topic “My Father My Father” (2 Kings 2:11-12) at the Ministers and Wives session on Friday, July 29, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang-Bekoe reiterated the importance of fatherhood in “possessing the nations” agenda of the church. 

According to the IMD, fathers are a great help to their children and therefore encouraged ministers to play fatherly roles in the lives of the church members. 

Quoting from 1 Corinthians 4:15, the IMD said that the need for fathers in the church cannot be overemphasised as Paul was a father to many in the Corinthian church.

Apostle Agyemang-Bekoe further noted that fatherhood as a concept does not die, saying, “this is why when the dead body fell on the bones of Elisha, he resurrected.”

The IMD also spoke on what Heads expect from ministers and their spouses and vice versa.

Apostle Agyemang Bekoe spoke on “Keeping the Fire Burning” (Leviticus 6:9, 12-13) during the Saturday session of the retreat held for officers and ministers and wives.

Drawing from the Old Testament way of sacrifice with the altar and censer, the IMD explained the importance of maintaining the Holy Spirit fire in the church. 

He indicated that ministers and officers must be consumed on the altar for them to be burnt before they can go up (excel in service).

He said that it is the duty of the ministers and officers to remove all the ashes, which represents the weaknesses of the church, from the altar, explaining that “allowing the ashes to remain will impede the flames.”

Apostle Agyemang Bekoe also indicated that it behoves them to add more firewood (teaching on the Holy Spirit) so that fire on the altar would continue to blaze.

As the original fire came from the Lord, the IMD cautioned church leaders to be wary of strange and fake fires from questionable sources, notwithstanding the fact that the COP is part of the larger army of Jesus Christ (the Body of Christ).

Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang-Bekoe also explained the significance of the spices (myrrh, onycha, galbanum, and pure frankincense) used in the censer at the altar of fire. 

The IMD explained that the myrrh, which the wise man presented to Jesus Christ at birth, stands for preservation. 

He further noted that the purpose of onycha is for soothing and nourishment, while galbanum performs a dual purpose as a flavouring agent and wounds healer.

“Similarly, the frankincense served as a pain killer that makes a person younger,” he added.

Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, in turn, reiterated the importance of keeping the fire of the Holy Spirit burning in the church by encouraging ministers and officers to read and meditate on Leviticus 6 to 9.  

According to the General Secretary, when ministers are consecrated to go and minister, they need to be guided by the rules of conduct in order not to be like the sons of Aaron who offered strange fire and were cut off by the LORD. 

He emphasised the need for ministers and officers to be conversant with the Ministers’ Manual, Church Constitution, Rules of Conduct, and the Ministerial Welfare Practices to be able to work effectively and efficiently. 

Apostles Kumi-Larbi and Agyemang-Bekoe also discussed the key features that make The Church of Pentecost distinctive.

The General Secretary and the IMD also highlighted some aspects of the rules of conduct and key characteristics of The Church of Pentecost brand, respectively.

Report by Pastor Frederick Appah, Winnipeg District

Apostle & Mrs Quainoo Retire From Active Ministry After 23 Years

A colourful retirement service was held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, for the Western Canada Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr. James McKeown, and his wife, Emily, who have brought their 23-year ministerial service to a glorious end.  

The event was officiated by the General Secretary of the Church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, with support from Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang-Bekoe (International Missions Director), Apostle Michael Agyemang-Amoako (RCC Coordinator, Americas) and Apostle Ransford Obeng-Gyamfi (National Head, COP-Canada). 

Also present were Apostle Daniel Engmann (North York Area Head), Apostle Dr. Alex Agyei-Gyamera (Scarborough Area Head), Apostle Joseph Fynn-Sackey (Alberta Area Head), Pastor George Amon (British Columbia Area Head), the pastorate and their wives in Canada and other officers of the church. 

Over 600 participants attended the ceremony, including Apostle A. K. Miah (Rtd.), a former National Head of Canada, Pastor David Dompreh (Rtd.), Pastor Nicholas Ameyaw (Rtd.), Hon. Kelly McCauley (MP Edmonton West), Hon. Jon Havelock (former Alberta Justice Minister), Major Felix Tachie (Senior Clinical Chaplain, Canadian Armed Forces Health Services Centre), and Nana John Ankamah (Chief of Drobo Area, Ghana). 

Many ministers from sister churches in the community and community leaders also graced the service.

The General Secretary, Apostle Kumi-Larbi, preached on the topic “See that You Fulfill the Ministry that You Have Received” (Colossians 4:7). 

In his sermon, Apostle Kumi-Larbi stressed that each Christian has received a gifting, talent, or grace from the Lord (1 Corinthians 12:4-7; Ephesians 4:7; Romans 12).  

These giftings or graces, he further noted, comes from Christ and should be manifested towards the common good of the church and mankind, not their own benefit.

“If a person does not focus on what God has given them, they look at the peripherals – titles, fame, money, power, authority, thereby missing the mark,” he said.

According to the General Secretary, like Demas, some people are not able to finish their ministry well due to a lack of concentration on the work God has assigned to them, conflict with others, fighting leaders of the church, immorality, financial issues, bitterness, complacency, and burnouts resulting from discouragement (2 Timothy 4).

Apostle Kumi-Larbi, therefore, urged believers to concentrate on the call of God with unconditional obedience, and diligence, and wholeheartedly serve the Master (John 2:5). 

“Do not get distracted like Demas, but be like Paul, Timothy, Titus, Archippus, and others who completed their ministries,” he said while referring to John 2:5 and 2 Timothy 4:7-8. 

Apostle Kumi-Larbi, however, noted that not all who start the race finish. 

To finish one’s ministry well, the General Secretary advised believers to concentrate on the grace or gift they have received from God, remain connected to the God who called them, not confer with flesh and blood (Galatians 1:15-18) and fight the good fight by putting on the full armour of God despite dangers (2 Corinthians 4:8-10; 2 Corinthians 9).

He also advised them to get rid of any excess luggage (sin, worldliness, etc. Hebrews 12:1-3); and guard or hold on to the unadulterated faith until the Master says ‘well done”. 

The IMD presented a Certificate of Service plaque to the retiring minister on behalf of the General Council. 

In a testimony read on its behalf at the event, the General Council eulogised Apostle Dr. Quainoo “for raising leaders has been a key aspect of his ministry. One of his key preoccupations in each station where he has served has been to ensure that both presbyters and members are well equipped to take up leadership roles. His contribution toward strengthening the acumen of the leadership of the church is very noteworthy.”  

The retiring couple was also presented citations by the Western Canada Area Presbytery, Women’s Ministry, and Ghanaian-Canadian Ministers Fellowship of Toronto.

Apostle Dr. James McKeown Quainoo was called into full-time ministry in 1999 after serving as Field Assistant in Vancouver. He has since devoted himself to the service of God and The Church of Pentecost in Canada for the past 23 years.

He pioneered the planting of the church in Vancouver and performed scouting duties for the churches in Calgary and Edmonton. These churches have now been well-established and grown to become integral districts for British Columbia and Alberta areas, respectively. 

His ministry work took him and his family to districts in Hamilton, PIWC North York, Montreal, McKeown (North York), and currently Western Canada, where he served as a Probationary Overseer, District Pastor, Area Head and an Apostle. 

He also served on many boards and committees in the Church in Canada, including as National Executive Council Member (1997-2022), National Secretary (2001-2006), and National Trustees Board Member (2001- 2022).

Other appointments he received in the course of the ministry are National Youth & Children’s Ministry Pastor (2002- 2004), National Youth Leader (2004-2006), National Youth Ministry Patron (2006- 2022), PIWC restructuring Committee Chairman (2013-2014), Constitution Review Committee Chairman (2015-2022), among several others.

Together with his wife, Mrs. Emily Quainoo, they established the first young ladies’ wing in Canada called the “Radiant Ladies” (now Virtuous Ladies). 

Mrs. Emily Quainoo also served on the National Children’s Ministry Executive Committee from 2005 to 2015 as the Deputy National Leader. She helped to compile a Sunday School Teachers training manual as well as a manual for teaching children with Special Needs. 

Under her leadership, the Canadian version of the Women’s Ministry’s syllabus was written and published. She also organised numerous ladies’ prayer conferences in every district and Area she served.  

She is also described as very hospitable, prayerful, a worshipper, a singer, a gifted song writer and a published author.

As part of the service, Apostle Joseph Fynn Sackey and Pastor George Amon were inducted into office as Area Heads for Alberta Area and British Columbia Area, respectively.

Report by Richard Kofi Adjei (Pentmedia Canada)

Do Not Force Members To Accept Your Culture – Apostle Bekoe Tells Missionaries

The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, has admonished missionaries to eschew forcing their native countries’ cultures on the members of the nations they serve as missionaries.

According to Apostle Agyemang Bekoe, the only permissible are the policies and doctrines of the church, which are the main foundation of the church, saying, “Don’t force them to accept your culture, rather engage with theirs.”

Apostle Agyemang Bekoe said this on Monday, July 4, 2022, during the Orientation Course for Missionaries of The Church of Pentecost held at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa-Fetteh. The orientation was being organised by the International Missions Directorate of the church.

Addressing the missionaries on the topic, “Missions That Defies Theories: A Case Study Of The COP,” the International Missions Director said that missionaries must learn to appreciate and embrace the indigenous culture of the resident nations, stressing that a good heart and mind must be developed towards this feat.

Reading from Hosea 2:14-15, Apostle Agyemang Bekoe stated that the people of Israel wandered in the desert and were punished when their hearts had strayed away from God. Nevertheless, he noted, the judgement of God became a symbol of new opportunity for them.

“God continually shows love amid judgement…there is reassurance, encouragement, and comfort,” he asserted.

He revealed that many emerging missionaries do not engage their missionary guides, and they fail to ask questions on their appointments for fear of being unnecessarily tagged as being too inquisitive.

Explaining the realities of being a missionary of The Church of Pentecost, he said that many begin the journey with complaints rather than the urge and the resolve to fix the challenges within their nations or areas of assignment.

“When your complaints exceed growth, you become a liability to the organisation,” he stated.

He urged the missionaries of the church to be agents of change, because they are being sent not to go and ‘party’ but to fix broken systems and structures, trigger growth, and to set things right.

He charged them to break grounds by breaking through genuine contacts while building solid administrative systems and structures.

Present at the orientation were Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi (General Secretary of the church), and Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi (Asamankese Area Head of the church).

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Atomic Hills District Donates To Afram Plains Area

The Atomic Hills District in the Haatso Area of The Church of Pentecost has donated a Sonik Motor Bike, worth GHS 5,900.00 to the Afram Plains Area of the church.

The donation was made on Friday, July 1, 2022, at the General Headquarters in La, Accra.

Receiving the item on behalf of the Missions Office, the International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, thanked the leadership of the Atomic Hills District of the church for the kind gesture.

He encouraged other districts and individuals to emulate the gesture to advance the work of God in the mission areas.

The Atomic Hills District Minister, Pastor John Viscount Arkoh, noted that the motorbike has been donated to support the work of missions in the Afram Plains Area.

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