A memorial service was held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at the F. S. Safo Memorial Temple at Nungua, Accra for the interment of the late Franklin Agbovi-Hushie, a retired minister of The Church of Pentecost.
Pastor Agbovi-Hushie, a youth coach, died on January 7, 2023, after a short illness at age 65, a few months after retiring from the full-time ministry.
The well-attended memorial service was officiated by the General Secretary of the Church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi. He was assisted by some members of the Executive Council namely, Prophet David Kankam Beditor (Ashaiman Area Head), Apostle Samuel Osei Asante (Kaneshie Area Head), Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi (Cape Coast Area Head), and Apostle Dr. Dela Quampah (Ho Area Head), as well as the host Area Head, Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah-Agyeman, and other heads of the Church. Others present included the clergy, relations and loved ones from various parts of the country.
Several tributes read in honour of the late pastor extolled his fine qualities as a husband, father, minister, youth coach, and a statesman.
His wife, Mrs Grace Naa Densua France Hushie, said her husband was an excellent family man who cared so much for her and their children and also helped to shape her Christian and social life.
His children shared a fond memory of how he raised them in the fear of God through constant morning devotions, discipline, and also inculcating in them good values which have helped shaped their lives.
The General Council of the Church described him as one of the best pastors of the Church.
“He was a great asset to the Church, having played key roles in the church, particularly in the Youth Ministry,” it said, adding, “Through his engagement in the Youth Ministry and the Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA), he trained and mentored most of our young people who have now become leaders of the church today.”
Preaching the sermon at the event, Apostle Daniel Komi Noble-Atsu (Rtd.) spoke about Jesus’s interaction with Martha, the sister of Lazarus, in John 11:23 when He came to Bethany where Lazarus had been buried for four days.
Apostle Noble-Atsu (Rtd.) assured the gathering that all believers who die in Christ are not dead but asleep and would be raised again with a spiritual body when Christ returns the second time. He said they would be caught up in the air to meet Christ and He will reign with them forever.
He described Pastor Agbovi-Hushie as a man of integrity, a workaholic, principled, and one who devoted his energy to nurturing young persons in the Church.
Pastor Franklin Zutta Dugbartey Agbovi-Hushie was born on 7th February 1957 at Accra Newtown, to the late Mr Michael Agbovi-Hushie of Ada Foah and Mrs Euphemia Mansah Agbovi-Hushie of Osu (still alive). At age five, he was sent to stay with his uncle, Apostle C. C. A. Hushie (of blessed memory) who trained him in Christian ministry when his parents travelled outside the country.
He was a product of the Presbyterian Senior High School (PRESEC, Osu) and the University of Ghana, Legon. He had his theological education at the Pentecost University and the Akrofi-Christaller Institute, Akropong-Akwapim.
Until his calling into the full-time ministry in the year 2000, he worked at the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) as a Senior Assistant Registrar.
In ministry, Pastor Hushie served at Tefle District (2000-2003), Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) Travelling Secretary for the Southen Sector and also doubled as the Resident Minister for Love Worship Centre, Bubiashie, Accra (2003-2006), PENSA Travelling Secretary for Greater Accra Region and at the same time Resident Minister for Abossey Okai Worship Centre (2006-2009), Ashanti Regional PENSA Travelling Secretary and also doubled as the Resident Minister for Bomso Worship Centre, Kumasi (2009-2011).
Other stations he served in were: Sekondi District (2011-2015), North Kaneshie District (2015-2019) and Ola District, Cape Coast (2019-2022), where he retired from active service after serving for 22 years.
He also served on several boards and committees at the national level due to his commitment to the Youth Ministry and PENSA.