Kwesi Atta Antwi elected new lay president of Methodist Church in Ghana

The Methodist Church in Ghana has elected Kwesi Atta Antwi, a member of the Kumasi Wesley Society, in the Diocese of Kumasi as the next lay president of the church.

The Lay President of the Methodist Church in Ghana is a person who is not a Reverend Minister but is mandated by the Methodist Constitution to “assist the Presiding Bishop in the direction of the Church in addition to performing such duties as may be assigned by the Conference and the Presiding Bishop.

The lay president also presides over the representative session of the conference and general councils in the absence of the presiding bishop.

Mr. Atta Antwi, a former lay president of the Diocese of Kumasi and a management consultant, will take office from October 2023, when the three-year term of the incumbent, William Orleans Oduro, expires.

He was elected after a run-off election held on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at the 50th Annual Conference and 12th Biennial Conference of The Methodist Church in Ghana held in Winneba.

He has served the Church in several capacities at different levels.

He garnered 255 votes, representing 68.63% of the votes cast to overtake his closest competitor, Grace Nkrumah-Mills of the Wesley Society in Akosombo in the Diocese of Somanya, who won 117 votes.

Key decisions made by the church at the Winneba conference

At the Winneba conference, the Methodist Church in Ghana made key decisions including the establishment of two new dioceses from October 1, 2022 to bring the total number of dioceses to 22.

The new ones are the Ho and North America.

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