The remains of the late Elder Dr Johnson Addo, CEO of Raphal Medical Centre and Trustee of The Church of Pentecost, were today, December 9, 2023, laid to rest after a burial service was held in his honour at the St. Stephen Anglican Park in Tema.
Present at the service were the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye; the General Secretary, Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi; the International Missions Director, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, and their wives; Area Heads and other ministers of the church.
Also present were members and officers of the church, and well-wishers.
The Chairman, Apostle Nyamekye gave a short exhortation based on Daniel 12:13, where Daniel was told to go his way until the end of the world.
He said that humanity do not have answers to why good people like Dr. Addo die, but believers have the word of God, which lives forever.
He said: “The word of God is the only thing that can give us hope and comfort in times of grief and loss.”
He praised Dr Addo for living and dying for Christ, saying, “He was a great man who balanced his excellence in his profession with his humility in his faith. He was not an Apostle on earth, but he was one in heaven.”
He urged the gathering to live by the word of God, which is the source of their salvation, sanctification and glorification.
“There is a limit to all perfections, but only the word of God lives forever. Let him go his way, until the end of the world, when he will receive his allotted inheritance from God,” Apostle Nyamekye concluded.
The former International Missions Director of the Church, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, in a sermon explained that living for Christ means making Christ one’s occupation and preoccupation.
“Living for Christ means following his example, obeying his commands, sharing his gospel, and serving his people,” he stressed.
He used the life of Elder Dr Johnson Addo as an illustration of someone who lived for Christ.
He said that Dr Addo was a dedicated medical doctor who used his profession to heal and help many people.
He said that Dr. Addo was also a faithful Christian who loved God and his church, was a humble and generous man who gave his time, talents and resources to the cause of Christ.
“He was also a role model and a mentor to many young people who looked up to him,” he added.
Biography of Elder Dr Johnson Addo
The late Dr Johnson Addo, affectionately called Dr. Addo, was born on January 21, 1952, to Mr. F. C. Addo and Madam Diana Nyarkoa Addo of Boso, both of blessed memory at Abamkrom in the West Akim District of the Eastern Region.
He started his schooling at the Methodist Primary School at Abamkrom and later to the Presbyterian Boys School from 1963 to 1965. He attended Prempeh College between 1965 and 1972 pursuing his School Certificate ‘O’ & ‘A’ Level certificates. After successful completion of the ‘A’ level, he was admitted into the University of Ghana Medical School where he studied Medicine.
His first station after his ‘housemanship’ was Ashanti Mampong, where he spent two years before traveling to Nigeria to pursue greener pastures. He dedicated six years of his prime working life in Nigeria at a private hospital as a Medical Director.
Upon his return to Ghana, he settled in Tema and worked with Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and Tema General Hospital between 1988 to 1991 and 1987 to 1988, respectively. He also worked with SSNIT Clinic in Tema, from
1991 to 1999.
In the 1999, Dr Addo finally ventured into private practice by setting up his medical facility in 1999, the Raphal Medical Centre at Tema Community 1.
Dr Addo got married to his wife, Mrs. Diana Adarkwah Addo in 1978 with whom he had three children – Dr. Alex Johnson Addo, Mrs. Belinda Addo Asante-Amankwa, and Mr. Justice Maklean Addo. He was also blessed with three adorable granddaughters and two grandsons.
On August 9, 2023, he was admitted to his own facility, the Raphal Medical Centre after a severe bout of illness and was later transferred to the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. But on September 9, 2023, Dr. Addo was called to his eternal rest.
His wife Diana described him as devoted to his patients. She noted that her husband was a hardworking man, committed to healthcare and had compassion to all.
“He was a wonderful orator and spoke frequently during church services and alike,” she said.
His children, with sobbing words, described him as “selfless and exemplary in all situations.”
“Death has robbed us of his presence and those golden moments, but it has not extinguished the fire he sparked in us,” they said.
The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, in his tribute, described Elder Dr Johnson Addo as “a complete gift from God to humanity.”
“This was demonstrated in the way he lived selflessly for others. He loved the Lord, and the church. As an Elder of The Church of Pentecost, he acquitted himself creditably in all roles assigned him,” the tribute read.
The General Council of the Church stated: “Elder Dr Johnson Addo was an illustrious son of The Church of Pentecost who held various challenging positions in the church at various times during his eventful and fruitful life on earth.”
“He played the roles of Presiding Elder, District Secretary, District and Area Executive Committee Member, Board Member of Pentecost Hospital, Madina, and the high office of Trustee of the church, among others,” it added.