It is with great joy and honour that I welcome you all, to the 60th Session of the Ministerial and General Council of our Great Church, the Christ Apostolic Church International. We are also grateful to all councilors, friends of the media, observers and well-wishers herein gathered. You are most welcome. I implore councilors to immensely contribute to the success of the Council Meeting with your wish and insightful input to all deliberations to help chart the path of fulfilling the Great Commission.
Distinguished Guests, I want to take this opportunity to announce that the Christ Apostolic Church International is the first Pentecostal Church in Ghana and is one hundred years old. This indeed calls for celebrations to profoundly thank our God and to honour Him for His faithfulness, providence and guidance which have seen us through thick and thin to reach this far.
In view of this, the centenary anniversary will take center stage in this year’s General Council Meetings. One Hundred years is a major milestone for any institution and the Christ Apostolic Church International is no exception. Our celebration is not so much a festivity but an occasion to say how grateful we are to our God Almighty and to solemnly pause and look ahead at the challenges we have to surmount, valleys we have to descend into and mountains we have to climb. It is also an occasion to pay glowing tribute to our forebears particularly, Apostle Peter Newman Anim, the father of Pentecostalism in Ghana and the founder of our Great Church who was one time a prayer partner of the first President of Ghana Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Beloved in Christ, this year’s General Council is under the theme “100 Years of Impacting Our World Through Pentecostalism”. In celebrating this 100th anniversary, the historical dimension of events and the tireless efforts of the founding fathers cannot be overemphasized. Therefore, as we thank God for His gifts, we also need to remember the exploits of God’s servant Apostle Peter Newman Anim whose pivotal role and insatiable desire to see the hand of God was the genesis of Pentecostalism in Ghana and in the establishment of the Christ Apostolic Church International in 1917 at Asamankese in the Eastern Region of Ghana.