The Presbyterian Church of Ghana has elected a new moderator for the church. Rev. Dr. Nana Opare Kwakye is the moderator elect of the congregation. Let’s take a look at his profile.
Rev. Dr. Opare Kwakye is married to Mrs. Benedicta Kwakye, a Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Accra.
They have three daughters; Adina Naa Shormeh. Kwakye, Trish Afua Kwakye and Danielle Oparebea Kwakye.
Rev. Dr. Nana Opare Kwakye started his education at Deks Preparatory School in Tema. He then proceeded to Tema Senior High school. After secondary school education, he proceeded to Presbyterian Training College, Akropong-Akuapem. This is where he had his diploma in Education certificate.
He had his degree at the University of Ghana, Legon. He went to Trinity College, now Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon.
Rev. Dr. Kwakye holds a Post-Secondary Teachers Certificate ‘A’ from the University of Cape Coast (through the Presbyterian Training College, Akropong), A Certificate of Ministry from the Trinity Theological Seminary, a Diploma in the Study of Religions, a Bachelor of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy, all from the University of Ghana, Legon
He started his working life as a Teacher at the Presbyterian Junior Secondary School, Agona Kwanyako, between 1991 and 1993.
After his ministerial training at the Trinity College, he was commissioned by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana into the Holy Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1997 at Kaneshie and was ordained in 1999 at Odumase Krobo.
Rev. Dr. Kwakye has served as a Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in the following areas
Probationer (Second Minister) La Bethel – 1997 – 1999
Minister in Charge, Christ Congregation, Adentan – 1999 – 2002
Minister in Charge, Calvary Congregation, Haatso – 2002 – 2007
District Minister – Madina – 2007 – 2011
District Minister, Osu – 2011 – 2013
Minister in Charge, El Shaddai, Tesa Adjiringanor – 2014 – 2020
Chairperson, Ga Presbytery – 2020 to date
Apart from his Congregational experiences he has served the PCG in other capacities.
These include the following: Youth Co-ordinator, Ga Presbytery, Assistant National Secretary, PCG National Ministers Conference, National Chaplain, National Union of Presbyterian Students of Ghana, Member, PCG Youth Education Committee, Lecturer, Ga Presbytery Bible School, (now School of Ministry) Recorder, General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Vice Chairperson, Board of the Presbyterian Women’s Centre, Chairperson, PCGTV Technical Committee.
Between 2013 and 2014, he was appointed an ESKAS Scholar (Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships) in the Faculty of Theology, University of Basel, Switzerland.
He assumed appointment as a Lecturer at the Department for the Study of Religions, University of Ghana, Legon in January 2014, and was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer in February 2020.
His research interests are in Church History, African Christianity and Missions.
He is a part-time lecturer at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture, Akropong-Akuapem. Since 2021, he has been on leave of absence from the University of Ghana.