History was made on Sunday, September 25, 2022, at the Kwashieman Chief’s Palace in Accra, following the inauguration of the first-ever church in a palace in Ghana.
The colourful service which took place at the forecourt of the Chief’s Palace was attended by the Chief of Kwashieman, Nii Awuley Ahiaku VI, and members of his traditional council, including the Kwashieman Manye, Naa Larteley Wayewuhu III, and the Chief Fetish Priestess, Naadu Lartey, among other royals in the palace.
The novel assembly has its Presiding Elder also being a chief in the person of Nana Afrifa Yamoah, who happens to be the Chief of Kwahu Oframase.
The Kaneshie Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Samuel Osei Asante, together with Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh, the National Co-ordinator of the Chieftaincy Ministry of the church who also doubles as the Director of the Pentecost Men’s Ministry (PEMEM), inaugurated the new assembly and the local presbytery.
Apostle Asante thanked the Kaneshie Area Chieftaincy Ministry Executives and his predecessor, Apostle Mike Etrue, as well as Pastor Emmanuel Dzemekey Agbeko (Kwashieman Official Town District Minister) for the yeoman work done in putting the structures of the new assembly in place. The Area Chieftaincy Ministry Executive Committee Members are Overseer Anthony Kwadwo Obeng (Co-ordinator), Nana Impraim VIII (Chairman), Elder Nana Afrifa Yamoah (Vice Chairman), Elder Nana Odiasempa Agyemang (Secretary), Elder Alex Oppong Peprah (Financial Secretary), Elder Emmanuel Kissiedu (Deputy Financial Secretary), Elder Ofosu Agyekum Sarfo (Organiser), Elder Peter Akwasi Akotuah (Deputy Secretary) and Deaconess Afia Bonsu (Treasurer).
He stated that the inauguration of the palace assembly was in line with the Vision 2023 agenda of the church which seeks to among things possess every sphere of society, including the palace with godly values and principles.
According to him, God being a king works through chiefs and God is using the palace to extend His saving grace to many people.
Apostle Asante disclosed that two more palace churches would be opened soon in the Area.
In a sermon on the topic, “The Sacredness of Royal Majesty” based on Proverbs 16:10-15, 1 Timothy 1:17, Psalm 103:9, Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh described the event as historic since it was the first to be opened in the country.
Relating the move of the Kwashieman chief to some chiefs in the colonial era who opened their doors to missionaries who sailed through to the Gold Coast to sow the seed of Christianity in Ghana, he said that those chiefs are still remembered for their good works. Likewise, he said, Nii Kwashieman will be remembered by generations to come for turning the palace to the seat of God.
The PEMEM Director indicated that royalty emanates from God, and that nothing prevents Christian royals from becoming kings in their traditional areas.
He, therefore, called on chiefs who are Christians to rule with the Kingdom principles and values so that God will take prominence in their kingship and thereby secure them the needed protection, peace, prosperity and long life.
The Chief of Kwashieman, Nii Awuley Ahiaku VI, who was so excited about The Church of Pentecost coming close to his doorstep and that of his people, pledged his unflinching support for grounding the new assembly. He indicated his resolve to join the evangelistic drive of the church to fill the new church with more members.
Also present at the service were members of the Kaneshie Area Chieftaincy Ministry, monstly chiefs and royals in the church and some ministers and officers within the area.