It was all joy as people from various parts of the country met at the Ashaiman Estate District Central Assembly of The Church of Pentecost on Sunday, July 25, 2021, to witness the retirement of Pastor Samuel Asare-Konadu and his wife Agnes, after serving for 37 years in active pastoral ministry.
The service, which was officiated by the General Secretary of the church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, was graced by both retired and active ministers, including Apostle James Nana Ofori (Mankessim Area Head), Apostle Emmanuel Ofei Ankra-Badu (Tema Area Head), and Apostle Emmanuel Kwesi Acquah (Resident Minister of Pentecost International Worship Centre, Kokomlemle), among others.
Eulogizing Pastor Asare-Konadu, the General Secretary narrated how the former has been helpful to him and his family, especially during his early days in ministry at Kojokrom in the Western Region.
Apostle Kumi-Larbi revealed how Pastor Asare-Konadu taught him the rudiments of ministry, which, he said, have helped him to be well-grounded in ministry. He, therefore, thanked God for preserving his life and successfully bringing them to the end of the active service.
Preaching the sermon on the topic, “Ending The Race In Victory” based on 2 Corinthians 2:14, Genesis 41:50-52, the Tema Area Head, Apostle Emmanuel Ofei Ankra-Badu, said that the Christian journey is a race and that it is important for every believer to cross the finishing line.
Using Joseph as a case study, Apostle Ankra-Badu said that although Joseph faced a lot of persecution from his brothers when he shared his dreams with them, he was able to fulfill his destiny because he did not allow their evil acts to destruct him as he was able to overcome it.
For Christians to finish their race victoriously, he entreated them to be focused and take every step to forgive and forget those who offend them in order to have a clear conscience to embark on the journey.
He thanked God for helping Pastor Asare-Konadu to cross the finishing line gloriously.
Various testimonies applauded Pastor Asare-Konadu and his wife for their selfless service in the house of God.
The General Council described him as cool and collected, humble, open-minded, simple, and very accommodating, saying, “He has developed a reputation for being detail-oriented, serious, reliable, and down-to-earth minister of the gospel.”
Profile of Pastor Samuel Asare-Konadu
Pastor Samuel Asare Konadu, born 65 years ago at Asamang in the Ashanti Region, had his basic education at the Chiraa Urban Council Primary and Middle ‘C’ Schools in the Bono Region. He continued to Somanya Technical Institute to pursue a course in Automobile Engineering. He proceeded to Kumasi Polytechnic (now Kumasi Techincal University) and completed in 1981 and worked with the Public Works Department (PWD) upon completion.
He was called into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 1984 and served in seven districts, namely Twifu Agona (1984-1990), Wa (1990-1995), Sekondi (1995-2001), Alajo (2001-2008), New Juabeng (2008-2013), and Ashaiman Chapel Square (2013-2021). In all, he served for 37 years. He has been on sick leave for a couple of years prior to his retirement.