The Meduma District of The Church of Pentecost in the New Tafo Area has organised a befitting retirement service for Pastor Emmanuel Gyan Mantey and his wife, Mrs. Janet Mantey, having served for 34 years in the active ministry of the Church.
The programme, which took place at the Meduma Central auditorium on Sunday, October 25, 2020, was officiated by the New Tafo Area Head, Apostle Samuel Antwi, assisted by the Bompata Area Head, Apostle Abraham Lincoln Angoh. It was attended by a host of pastors, family, and friends.
Pastor Mantey was called into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 1986. He and his family arrived at the Meduma District from Tema New Town, having already served as a pastor at Aweregya/Pra River, Atwima Koforidua, Akuse, Koforidua West, and Suhum East districts.
As a former Technician at the Ghana Broadcasting Cooperation (GBC), Pastor Mantey held various appointments throughout his 34-year ministry. This includes Minister’s Welfare Committee Chairman, Area Executive Committee Member, Area Estate Committee Chairman, Area Ministerial Committee Chairman, and the most dominant one, Area Music Committee Chairman.
Speaking at the service on the theme, “For your Partnership in the Gospel from the first day until now” based on Philippians 1: 3-11, Apostle Samuel Antwi revealed how Apostle Paul through his trials for the sake of the Gospel reminded the Church in Philippi to hold the Gospel in high esteem until the return of Jesus Christ.
According to him, though life is not easy, if believers are able to hold on to the faith till the end, they will receive a crown.
“Pastor Mantey and his wife right from day one accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and have partnered to spread the Gospel from one station to the other. Yet, regardless of the trials, they have held on to the end,” he said.
He charged Christians to retain their first love in Christ and be empowered to overcome every trial that besets them.
The Women’s Ministry and the District Executive Committee of the Meduma District led by Deaconess Juliet Asare and Elder Gabriel Kwasi Mensah respectively testified about the good works of Pastor Emmanuel Gyan and his wife and presented citations to them as a monument for the good job done.
Pastor Anthony Mensah read the testimony of the New Tafo Area Pastorate and Wives, while Apostle Abraham Lincoln Angoh read that of the General Council.
The Area Head, Apostle Samuel Antwi, on behalf of the Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, presented a Certificate of Service to Pastor Mantey.
In response, Pastor Mantey and his family thanked God for His protection and love throughout their three decades of service. They also commended the past and current Chairman of the Church, the Area Heads he has worked under, Pastors, Officers, and members of the Church for their love and support.
Report by Dennis Owusu.