Former Deputy Minister of state in the Republic of Ivory Coast ordained in the Anglican Diocese of Sekondi
The Rt. Rev’d Alexander Kobina Asmah, Anglican Bishop of Sekondi has ordained six (6) people into the Order of Deacon in the Diocese of Sekondi. In three different Ordination services. The very first ordination of Bishop Asmah was the ordaining of three ordinands into the diaconate and among them was a former Deputy Minister of state in the Republic of Ivory Coast.
The ordination service took place at the Cathedral Church of St. Andrew the Apostle, Sekondi. The three ordinands were Bro. Vehi Etienne Tokpa, who is a Lawyer, Judge and politician, was a former minister of interior and justice in the Republic of Ivory Coast. Bro. Joel Amponsah who is an educationist and a graduate of the University of Cape Coast and Bro. Samuel Oppong, a business analyst and a graduate of University of Ghana, Legon and Sunderland University, UK.
The Rev’d Canon Felix Percy Longdon, a lecturer at the St.Nicholas Theological Seminary, Cape Coast and the preacher for the ordination, admonished the new deacons to rely on God at all times for strength and guidance.
In another development, Bro.Isaac Andzie-Quianoo was ordained to the diaconate by the Rt. Rev’d Alexander Kobina Asmah on Saturday 3rd June, 2017 which preceded the Sixtieth Anniversary Celebrations of the Good Shepherd Anglican Church.
The Rev’d Canon Ato Kwamina Tandoh Sampson, the Succentor of the Cathedral Church of St. Andrews the Apostle who was the preacher for the ordination, said he should lift everything up to God and pray to God to have His way in His calling.
The third Ordination service for the new Bishop of Sekondi was done in Tarkwa at the St. Peter Anglican Church (Abontoako) and Brothers Samuel Osei Boateng and Kenneth Amoah Baidoo were ordained deacons.
The Rev’d Canon Dr. Paul Appiah-Sekyere the Priest in Charge of Rev’d Thomas Thompson Anglican Church, Ola, Cape Coast and a senior lecturer at the University of Cape Coast preached the sermon. He proclaimed that Jesus commands those He calls to go, go, go without asking questions and that He who has called the ordinands has already provided. Rev’d Canon Dr. Appiah-Sekyere emphasised that transportation is not even needed because we have legs so the called should just go.
During all the three services funds were raised to support the cost of training people to the priesthood.
Story By: Rev’d Fr. Josiah Myles Abadoo (Bishop’s Chaplain)
Edited By: Mr. Lord Willie Pearce (Diocesan and Synod Secretary)