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HISTORY OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA, NEW YORK, U.S.A.

Between the years of 1970 and 1980 Ghanaian immigrants living in the Tri-State area, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut increased in number.  There were social gatherings for naming ceremonies, birthday parties, infant baptisms and funerals.  Presbyterians from Ghana who were present at some of these gatherings sang church hymns and songs that are known as “traditional” Presbyterian hymns.  The Presbyterians got acquainted and bonded.

 There was a high rate of deaths among Ghanaians in the early 1980s that resulted in organized wake keepings and funeral services by the Ghanaian community. In 1982, Mrs. Margaret Ohemeng was so concerned about the high death rate that she suggested a day of prayer be organized for divine intervention.

 During one of these prayer meetings, the Presbyterians decided to form a congregation.  In 1983, Mr. Kumi Dwamena who was a Doctoral candidate in Ministry and Education at Columbia University volunteered to compile names, addresses and telephone numbers of all Ghanaian Presbyterians who lived within the Tri-State area.

 In the summer of 1985 a meeting was held at 310 Convent Avenue, New York City to discuss the possibilities of starting a Presbyterian Church.  Rev. S. K. Aboa a former Ecumenical Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, who attended the meeting, advised those present to form a branch of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in New York.

  The following people attended the meeting and became the founding members:

Messrs.

  • Yaw Asiedu,
  • Emmanuel Bediako Yirenkyi,
  • Frank Kwame Sakyiama,
  • Eugene Adum Kwapong,
  • Osew Asare,
  • Joseph Boateng,
  • Mrs. Mary Boateng,
  • Master Calvert Boateng,
  • Mrs. Victoria Kumi Dwamena and
  • Dr. Kumi Dwamena.

 

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