“From Kortwia to Washington” is gradually becoming the famous headline in communication circles within the gates of the Seventh-day Adventists worldwide.
The headline encapsulates the life story of a former Executive Secretary of the General Conference, Pastor Matthew Ango Bediako – his education and lifetime gospel ministry until his retirement.
It traces the background of Pastor M. A. Bediako, who was born in a tiny community called “Kortwia” in the Bekwai Municipality in the Ashanti Region, Ghana. It further captures how he rose through education and employment to get to “Washington” at last, in the United States, which houses the headquarters of worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church.
As the first African occupying the position of Executive Secretary, he has helped influenced church growth both at the continental and global arena.
While on retirement, he currently worships at his mother church in Ghana at Bantama in Kumasi, a church that was born out of evangelistic campaign he led in the early 80s at the Centre for National Culture, which was at the heart of the Kumasi city. Today, the church has a congregation of over 1, 000, excluding members who are not baptized, who are mostly in the youth class.
Activities marking the autobiography
In autobiographical activities, the Ministerial Secretary of the West-central Africa Division (WAD), Pastor Dr. Daniel Opoku-Boateng is expected to preach a sermon in Sunyani on Saturday, July 1, 2017. The sermon is scheduled to throw more light on the ministry of Pastor Bediako in the Brong Ahafo Region. On Saturday, July 8, 2017, Pastor Bediako after preaching a sermon is expected to unveil a bust in the memory of his late mother, Maame Akoma of the Maame Akoma Memorial Clinic.
The climax of the event is expected to be held at the Promising Star Hotel, Bremang in Kumasi on Sunday, July 9, where Pastor Bediako’s blood brother, T. A. Bediako is expected to deliver the keynote address. Other dignitaries across the world are expected to attend the function as Pastor Bediako tells his life story. Divine Chorale, the popular youth singing group, is expected to thrill participants to the apex in gospel music at the function.
Documentary on the autobiography
A photography anchor, Mr. P. K. Willinston is joining forces with the Communication Department of the Bantama Seventh-day Adventist Church to embark on a vibrant documentary on the autobiography. The team is also expected to initiate media coverage on all the events to the climax of the function.
(Photo credit: Adventist News Network)