What an honour to be invited to work and serve in the Wey Valley Circuit. As we start this new and exciting relationship in September, I suppose you may like to know a little about myself and my family.
I was brought up in the life of the Methodist Church in Ghana, West Africa; therefore, I cannot remember a time when God was not around. I came to the Christian faith by accepting Christ into my life on 15th May 1975 through the Scripture Union (SU) Organisation in Ghana. The SU activities through my middle and secondary education changed my life from a "rascal "to "a living saint" (my friends and family's affectionate description of my transformation).
I became a Local Preacher at the age of 16 and a Sunday School Teacher from 1976 to 1980. I felt the call of God and offered myself as a prospective candidate for the Methodist Church Ministry in Ghana in the autumn of 1980. I attended Trinity Theological Seminary in Accra, Ghana from 1984 to 1987, served as a Probationer for three years (the normal procedure for Ghana Methodism) and was Ordained in August 1990. I had the privilege of serving the church as a Circuit Minister for 13 years before opting to be trained as a Healthcare Chaplain at Birmingham University, and later in then Luton University, and the School of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Following former training in Birmingham, I served as a Healthcare Chaplain for five years in one of our prestigious Teaching Hospitals in Accra, Ghana.
In the year 2000, the family re-located to the United Kingdom where Ama, my wife, had already settled. I took a Circuit appointment in Ealing Circuit for nine months in 2000-2001, as a minister without appointment, before being accepted as a Recognized and Regarded Minister, posted to then Herts and Beds District, Luton, to be precise in September 2001. I have worked as a Circuit Minister in the following circuits: Luton, Brixton, Lewisham, Bromley, The Fens, Lesnes Abbey and currently with the Battersea and Wandle Valley Circuit for one year. My ministry is focused on pastoral care and counselling, evangelism, seminars, retreats, visiting of the elderly and the hospitalised.
I have been married to Ewurama (Ama), since 1986. She is a nurse by profession and a Local Preacher. We are blessed with three adult sons and a daughter in-law (Michael, Anthony, Sir-Folliott and Bianca. We love the Lord and are committed to things of God and the community in which we live and serve. My homilies, sermons, exaltations are brief and often under 13 mins from the pulpit.
I conclude with my favourite two Biblical verses Isaiah 26:3 "I will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on me because he trusted in me" and "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God" Matthew 5:8. It is my prayer that you will help us to work together as a family, as we come to you with our gifts and talents.
My off duty day will be Monday.
Your Servant in the Ministry,