TWO Conferences under the Northern Ghana Union Mission (NOGH) – Mid-Central Ghana Conference and Ashanti Central Ghana Conference – have joined hands to ordain three pastors into the Seventh-day Adventist ministry at Bantama in Kumasi.
They are Pastor Israel Oheneba Bobieh, Mid-Central, Pastor Paul Opoku Boateng, and Pastor Abraham Kofi Anane; who work in the Ashanti Central Conference.
Their wives – Rita Oheneba Bobieh, Sarah Opoku Boateng and Joyce Anane – were joined by Shepherdess (pastors’ wives) to support their husbands during the ordination service.
While Pastor Oheneba Bobieh is currently the Suame District Pastor with 262 souls won through personal efforts, Pastor Opoku Boateng has been the Chaplain of SDA Midwifery Training College with 212 souls through personal efforts and Pastor Kofi Anane has been New Tafo Associate District Pastor with 171 souls also won through personal efforts.
Charged with Ecclesiastical Authority
The President of the NOGH, Pastor Dr. Kwame Kwanin Boakye officially charged the three pastors to have the full ecclesiastical authority to minister unto the Lord’s flock and wished them well.
The Executive Secretary of the NOGH, Pastor Dr. Kwame Annor-Boahen was joined by his wife, Christiana Annor-Boahen who is the Secretary of the Shepherdess International, NOGH, to officially welcome the Pastors and their wives into the Ministry and Shepherdess respectively.
A retired minister, Pastor Dr. Felix Adu-Gyamfi offered the ordination prayer to usher the ordinands into the full “safe haven of the Lord”.
Not to lose sight of the Lord
Prior to the ordination, a retired minister, Pastor Eric Ossei Yeboah in his sermon had charged the ordinands never to lose sight of the Lord as they began their journey into the gospel ministry.
“If you live in the Lord, you will bear fruits. But if you lose sight of the Lord, that is your end”, he stated.
Quoting from Ephesians 4:11 and Jeremiah 3:15, he said it behoved the gospel ministers to at all times, avail themselves for the Lord’s cause and nothing else.
He noted that gospel ministry in the Seventh-day Adventist circles was a shared one and that the newly ordained Pastors would need to engage in broader consultations with colleague practising ministers and even those on retirement.
He added: “the Holy Spirit will use you where He will need you. All that you have to do is to avail yourself and broaden consultations with retired and practising colleague ministers of the gospel.”