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04.01.2008 Religion

Ga Presby Chairman Inducted

By Daily Guide

REV. PROF. Emmanuel Martey, Chairman of the Ga Presbytery has been inducted into office at a colourful ceremony held at the Peniel Presbyterian Church, Teshie near Accra.

The induction ceremony was performed by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rt. Rev. Dr. Yaw Frimpong-Manso, who urged the congregants to rally behind the Chairman for effective evangelistic work.

Rev. Prof. Martey, who was elected the 9th Chairman of the Ga Presbytery, is a man of many scholastic and religious achievements.

Born on July 22, 1949, Prof. Martey has a long list of academic laurels including a PhD from the Union Theological Seminary, New York City in the United States of America, and had served and continues to serve on many academic boards.

As an academician, Prof. Martey had written over 33 publications including books and articles in reputable journals throughout the world in languages such as English, Portuguese and Spanish.

He is currently a lecturer at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, and a Theological Consultant for African Partnership Consultation (APC) to develop an African Roaming Theological Faculty to Build Capacity of Pastors and lay people in Africa.
The Chairman is married to Nana Ofosua and blessed with two children - Emmanuel and Christus.

The Moderator urged Prof. Martey to conduct himself as a mature leader, be “a disciplined and humble servant of Christ who is responsible to God and His people both in Ghana and beyond, and a leader who brings all your gifts and talents in the Lord to serve the people.

“Stay free of any philosophical position or material entanglement that might sidetrack your ministry; strictly discipline yourself to carry out your goals,” he admonished.

Rt. Rev. Dr. Frimpong-Manso reminded the Chairman to be sensitive to the needs of his people, show concern and look for opportunities to tell them about Christ.

The Moderator advised Ghanaians in general “to enter the election year as one people with a common destiny and remain focused on those things that will make our dear nation a “home” in which we yearn to live”.

In his acceptance speech, Rev. Prof. Martey said “There is much work to be done in the Ga Presbytery. Souls outside the Church are perishing; they are to be won for Christ. The Gospel must reach out to all.”

The Ga Presbytery was established in 1972, and traces its original root to the Ga-Dangme Presbytery which is one of the original five Presbyteries created by Synod in 1922.

The first Chairman of the Ga Presbytery was Rev. E.A Adjei with Rev. J.E. Svanikier as Clerk. The Presbytery has grown to be the strongest and the most prominent among all the Presbyteries of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana with 24 districts, two Mission Fields and a Northern Outreach Programme (NOP).