Religion of Friday, 7 February 2014
The Senior Pastor of the Charismatic Baptist Church at Taifa in Accra, Reverend Ernest Adu-Gyamfi, has been inducted into office as the First Executive President of the Ghana Baptist Convention.
Rev. Enoch Nii Narh Thompson, the Head Pastor of Messiah Baptist Church is his deputy.
At the induction ceremony, the former President of the Ghana Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr Fred Deegbe, urged the two new leaders to live a ‘Christ-like life to help win souls for God.
“Whenever a new structure is put in place, it can either lead to the growth or collapse of the organisation,” he said and prayed that their tenure would be successful.
Rev. Dr Deegbe said the task handed over to them was challenging but they would be successful if they were in constant fellowship with the Lord, who had called them to lead.
He urged them to be focused in executing their tasks as executives of the convention, equip themselves to meet the challenges of their call and love the people they were going to work with.
These values, he said, were the models God had given them to follow in the course of their duties and which, when ignored, would be to the detriment of the church.
Rev. Deegbe also advised the church to support them to make their tenure of office successful.
In a solidarity message, the General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rev. Kwabena Opuni Frimpong indicated that the call to head the convention was divine and came with a divine mandate.
He added that the two had come into office at a time that the impact of Christianity on the country had been questioned by many and prayed that they would be able to make meaningful contributions to people’s lives.
In his remarks, Rev. Adu-Gyamfi thanked the church for the confidence reposed in them and pledged that they would give off their best to build the convention and execute their mandate as new executives of the convention.
Rev. Adu Gyamfi said their goal was to work at achieving a rebranded convention in the areas of education, finance and general welfare of members, among others.
An 11-member denominational board which would serve as an advisory body to the executive president and his vice was also inaugurated. It is chaired by Rev. Dr Deegbe.