“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world”. Matthew 28:19-20
In response to the great commission, the Southern Ghana Union Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ghana inaugurated yet another of its twelve conferences, Meridian Ghana Conference (MGC) on May 26, 2018 at the Ceremonial Ground of Valley View University, Oyibi. The colorful event was that of joy and fulfilment with church members clothed MGC branded cloth. A Conference in Church parlance is an administrative nomenclature that sees to the affairs of the Church within a particular geographical area.
In a brief remark, the special guest for the event, Elder Emmanuel Kwasi Anyimadu, clerk of Ghana’s Parliament, expressed his heartfelt delight for being part of the celebration and also praised God for his faithfulness to his prophets and the Adventist fraternity at large.
Elder Emmanuel Kwasi Anyimadu admonished the leadership of the Church to live up to the statutes of the Great Commission and not for self-gratification. He also used the opportunity to remind the Church of its unique role as social agents and ambassadors for change to fight social cankers like misuse of natural resources and the issue of homosexuality.
Elder Anyimadu lamented that it is sad that homosexuality is becoming a widespread menace in our society and there seem to be some pressure on African Governments to legalize the practice. He however mentioned that Ghanaian cultural values do not accept the phenomenon and therefore considers such acts as unthinkable. The practice is also viewed as distasteful and abominable in the sight of God, he added. He called on Christians, particularly Adventists, to raise a strong voice against these abominable sexual behavious that have the capacity to threaten the very existence of humanity.
Speaking to the elated congregants, the President of the newly inaugurated Conference, Pastor Dr. Oheneba Odei Agyei gave a background to the birth of the Meridian Ghana Conference. He stated that the conference was formed by an Act of the Executive Committee of the South Ghana Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 2013 which gave it the authority to operate. Its operations begun with the name South East Ghana Administrative Unit (SEGAU) with 30 organized churches, 36 company churches and 4 Branch Sabbath School with a total membership of 10,688, he revealed.
By hard work and perseverance, SEGAU with a workforce of 30 and 11 districts worked tirelessly with God’s help for almost 5years to attain its enviable status of a conference, hence the inauguration, he exclaimed. The name Meridian Ghana Conference, according to the president, was a unanimous decision taken by leadership and representatives of the various churches within the conference during a consultative meeting. He added that the name is due to its strategic location in Tema where the Greenwich or Prime Meridian passes locating the conference directly in the middle of the world.
The newly appointed officers who will steer the affairs of the Conference are Pr. Dr. Oheneba Odei Agyei as President, Pr. Emmanuel Dickson Poakwa the Executive Secretary, Treasurer being Elder Daniel Adofo Kwakye Ameyaw and Mrs. Grace A. Ansah-Adu appointed as Associate Treasurer.
Supporting these officers are the following directors for various departments:
- Ministerial Secretary/Family Ministry – Pastor Emmanuel Allotey
- Evangelism/Personal Ministry – Pastor Kephas Paul Gyamfi
- Stewardship/Trust Services/Strategic Planning – Pastor. Azariah Addotey Bulley
- Music/Global Mission – Pastor Isaac K. Donkor
- Women Ministry – Mrs. Adelaide Fegurson
- Children Ministry – Mrs. Henrietta Kumah
- Youth/ Special Needs – Pastor Obed Kwabena Obeng
- Chaplaincy and Campus Ministry – Pastor Ebenezer Appiah
- Associate Campus Ministry – Pastor Samuel Dorgbetor
- Communication/ PARL – Mrs. Belle Dollar-Bill
- Health/ Publishing – Pastor Micheal Kwabena Lowas
The Executive Secretary of Southern Ghana Union Conference of Adventists, Pastor Dr. Chris Annan-Nunoo did the presentation of Officers and introduction of departmental directors and workers of the new Conference.
The introduction of the Executive Committee and Induction of Officers was done by the President of Southern Ghana Union Conference, Pastor Dr. T. T. Ocran.
In his response to the Charge of Office, Pr. Dr. Oheneba Odei Agyei on behalf of his team and himself pledged hardwork and total commitment to duty.
The former president of Valley View University – Ghana’s premier private University, Pastor Prof. S. A. Laryea gave a dedicatory prayer for the newly elected workers and asked for God’s blessing and guidance for them.
In an interview, Pr. Dr. Odei Agyei emphasized that the topmost priority of the conference is soul winning and therefore encouraged members to make it a priority too. He took the opportunity to thank members for their commitment and dedication.
The Women Ministry, Adventist Youth and the various singing groups in their masses made their presence felt at the event by their special performances especially the Mass Choir and Mass Singing Band.
Interacting with sections of the congregants, Mrs. Cynthia Dwumah, a member of the Adventist Church of Sakumono Estates, Tema expressed her joy of being part of history to see a new conference inaugurated. She however added that the inauguration should be a wakeup call for the Church and her members to develop a clear strategy that will be used to reach out to members in our society not just the under privileged but the affluent who are also needed to help build the church with the resources God has endowed them with.
The MGC inauguration event was well attended with about 6000 adults and 1,800 children. In attendance were retired Pastors of the Church and their families, Church Members, representatives from sister Conferences, Academics, and members of the media who came from far and near. It was indeed a grand event.