Reverend Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante has been elected the new Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) to succeed Right Reverend Professor Cephas Narh Omenyo, the incumbent Moderator.
Right Rev Professor Omenyo was elected Moderator of the Church in August 2016 at Abetifi Kwahu during the 16th General Assembly and was inducted into office on Sunday 4th December 2016.
Unfortunately the Moderator fell sick in May 2017 during his first official visit to the Europe Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana to ordain some Ministerial Probationers in London.
The General Assembly Council of the PCG took a decision on Friday, August 17 to declare the Moderator’s seat vacant so that a new leader could be elected for the Church.
Rev. Prof. Mante was elected in a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ ballot on Wednesday after he failed to secure a 70 per cent plus endorsement for his nomination.
He managed to secure 151 votes out of 224 total votes representing 67.04 percent for his nomination.
The two other nominees Rev Dr Godwin Nii Noi Odonkor, Kaneshie Distrcit Minister and Rev Dr Victor Okoe Abbey, the Acting Moderator and Chairperson of the Ga Presbytery however, considering their performance, withdrew from the election which ended with 175 delegates representing 93.73% voting ‘Yes’ while 13 of them representing 6.25% voted ‘No’.
This was at the 18th General Assembly of the Church at Akropong Akuapem in the Eastern Region.
Rev. Prof. J.O.Y Mante, PhD is the immediate past President of the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon.
And a professor in the study of religion with extensive experience in teaching, research and administration.
He holds an MA, MPhil and PhD in Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, California in USA.
Prof. Mante has served as the Board Chairman of Adom Foundation since 1996 and he also serves on the National Accreditation Board of Ghana.
He has served on many committees and boards in Ghana and abroad over the past 20 years including the Presbyterian University College of Ghana, Presbyterian Women’s College of Education, and the World Alliance of Reformed Churches in Geneva, Switzerland.
He has been a minister of the gospel of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana since 1981.
He was once the Akuapem Presbytery Chairperson of the PCG from 2006 to 2011.
Prof. Mante also hosted the GTV talk show programme “In the Light” for four straight years.
He and wife Mrs. Florence Mante are the co-founders of Adom Foundation Ghana which aimed at helping vulnerable children in Ghana.