ACCRA, GHANA – After a period of thoughtful prayer and planning, we are glad to announce that Ghana has finally been formally received into the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church in Accra—the capital city of Ghana. The event which took place on the 14th of October, 2012, was marked by a colorful celebration of the Holy Eucharist officiated by Most Rev. Bishop Igani Ibiso, Bishop of the Diocese of Nigeria. The small group in Accra which provided the seed for this initiative has also now become accepted and known officially as the Good Shepherd Parish.
As part of the celebration, two persons: Rev. Fr. (Dr) John Koku and Rev. Dcn Noah Dadzie were ordained to the office of Priest and Deacon respectively. The event was attended by a number of persons including families, friends and well wishers. In his sermon, Bishop Igani extended the best wishes of the Patriarch, Archbishop Craig Bates to the people of Ghana. He assured them that, although not physically present, the prayers of the entire hierarchy are with them as they begin this important journey in their lives as members of the ICCEC. He praised the newly ordained for taking up the challenge to respond to God’s call to work for expansion of the CEC in Ghana. He admonished them to remain prayerful and always count on God’s support in their Ministry. He also urged the congregation to support the newly ordained with their prayers so that the purpose for which God has chosen them will become fulfilled.
Prior to entering the ministry, the two newly ordained have worked for a number of years in secular life. Fr. Koku has worked for more than 12 years as a University Lecturer. He is currently, Head of Department/Senior Lecturer at the Department of Environment & Development Studies, Central University College, Accra-Ghana. Dcn Noah has worked mainly as woodwork and craftsman in collaboration with business entrepreneurs in Accra. It is our prayer that God will bless and use these men in the ministry for the greater glory of his name in Ghana and in West Africa.