Rt. Rev. Paul Kwabena Boafo
The conference of the Methodist Church Ghana has elected Rt. Rev. Paul Kwabena Boafo as the new Presiding Bishop to take over from Most Rev Awortwi Pratt, who is ending his tenure.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo was elected with 223 votes out of the 353 votes cast at the 10th Biennial and 48th Delegates Conference in Sekondi in the Western Region on Saturday.
The Rt. Rev. Michael A. Bossman was also elected as the Administrative Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana.
Paul Kwabena Boafo was born at Asankrangwa in the Western Region of Ghana to a Roman Catholic couple Opanin Paul Kwaw Boafo of blessed memory and Madam Agatha Ama Asamoah Boafo.
His early hospital records indicate that he was born very frail. His mother says his file at the Catholic Hospital before his third birthday was as big as a closed file in a public office due to several hospital visitations such that he was well known to the Catholic sisters in the hospital.
By the grace of God, the parent’s prayers and special care Paul grew into a healthy little boy to the admiration to all.
The Rt. Rev. Michael A. Bossman is the new Administrative Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana.
Education and Work Life
Paul started school at the Asankrangwa Roman Catholic Primary in 1963. After the first year he moved to live with his maternal uncle, the late Rev. John Bennet Nsowah Quasie, then a Teacher Catechist of the Methodist Church at Ankonsia near Bawdie in the Western Region.
When uncle John completed his Catechist training at Freeman College in Kumasi he was posted to Wa, in the Upper West Region. Paul was enrolled in the Wa Experimental Primary School and later moved to other schools in Mangu, Kenyasi No 2, Sefwi Wiawso, and Sefwi Bekwai according to the itinerant ministry of his uncle.
It was from the Sefwi Bekwai Methodist Middle School that Paul entered the Wenchi Methodist Secondary School from 1972 – 1977 for his General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level Examination.
He then proceeded to Wesley College in Kumasi, to train as a teacher from 1978 to 1981. In 1977, while waiting to enter Wesley College, Paul had served as a pupil teacher at the St. Peter and Paul Anglican Primary School in Saltpond.
At Wesley College, Paul was a member of the College Choir, Preaching Band, and the Scripture Union. In the final year at Wesley College, he served as the Men’s Secretary (MENSEC) and also won the Men’s Prize for the 1980/81 academic year. After his professional training, he was posted to the Mpasatia Methodist Primary School in the Ashanti region.
Calling, Ministerial Training
Paul became an accredited Local Preacher after his training at Wesley College. His call into the ordained ministry came as no surprise to his Catholic parents because they saw him very often as a little boy imitating the priests in the house and they thought that he would grow up to become a Catholic priest. Paul was accepted into the Methodist ministry in 1983. From 1983 to 1986 he studied at Trinity Theological Seminary Legon, Accra and obtained a Diploma in Theology.
He served as the Missionary Harvest Secretary in the final year of his studies. He was commissioned as a minister on Sunday 8th June 1986 at the Wesley Cathedral, Accra. Paul was posted to Akyem Otwereso in the Akyem Oda Circuit as the first resident minister. He was ordained on Sunday 27th August 1989 at the Wesley Cathedral, Sunyani.
Paul was then posted to the Osei Tutu Secondary at Akropong Ashanti as the School Chaplain after his first degree from the University of Ghana. While working as a chaplain at Osei Tutu he served as adjunct minister at Ebenezer Methodist, Pankrono, then in the Old Tafo Circuit, Mt. Zion Methodist, Ahensan and Emmanuel Methodist, Atonsu which were all part of the Amakom circuit.
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