The Hope Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Sakumono-Estates on Sunday September 11, 2016 held valedictory service in honour of Rev. Stephen Nii Lankwei Lawson.

Rev. Lawson has been posted to the Frafraha District of the PCG serving two church calendar years duty tour at the Sakumono District and the HOPE Congregation of the PCG. Rev. Lawson was transferred to the Hope Congregation from the Adabraka District in September 2014 as the Sakumono District and Minister in Charge, Hope Congregation.

In joyful mood in appreciation of the work God has used Rev. Lawson to perform in the Lords vineyard, the congregants sang and danced to melodious PRIASE medley. Rev. Lawson in his valedictory speech expressed appreciation to the District Session and all the congregations in the Sakumono District of the PCG.

He also acknowledged the Ministerial Team, Catechists and their sessions, District Coordinators, District Office staff, generational and service groups in the district in general and Hope Congregation in particular  for the encouragement and support offered him during his tenure as a District Minister.

He was full of praise to the session both old and new and members of the HOPE Congregation for the cooperation he enjoyed, stressing hardly does a minister gets to work with two sets of session during a tenure.

SERMON

Preaching on the theme; ‘Repentance’, Rev. Lawson  said church discipline is to restore, and not to condemn. He added, “as Christians, we must show love and support to our fellow Christians  who go through such processes and not shun their company. “ ”The fact that I am a Minister of the Gospel does not make me perfect or more superior than you. The fact that you were/are a Presbyter or you have any appointment or position does not make you more superior than your neighbour. The fact that someone have sinned does not change the value that God places on that person. God values the lost sheep so he goes after them if they go astray.” He said

PROFILE OF REV. STEPHEN NII LANKWEI LAWSON

Rev. Stephen Nii Lankwei Lawson attended Kaneshie Secondary Technical School, Labone Secondary School, (GCE O’Level, 1989), Accra Technical Training Centre, (Business Systems Technician [1], 1994), Trinity Theological Seminary (Diploma in Ministry, 2007 & Bachelor in Theology, 2010).

Before entering Ministry, Rev Lankwei Lawson worked with Tomco Office Machines as a Technician (1995-1997), Checkpoint Ghana Ltd as an engineer and supervisor (1997-1998), Mid-Atlantic Investments as the Head of Engineering (1998-2001), the managing Director of his own company, Stelaws Business Systems (2001-2004).

Rev Lankwei Lawson was commissioned into the Ministry of the word and sacraments in 2007 at Ebenezer Congregation, Ashaley Botwe in the Madina District and was ordained in 2009 at Ascension Congregation, Koforidua. He has served the church in many capacities some of which are Third Minister, Kaneshie Congregation(2007-2009), Minister in Charge, Charis Congregation, New Fadama, (2009-2011), District Minister, Adabraka District, (2011-August 2014), as well as District Minister, Sakumono District, (Sept 2014 -2016)

Other responsibilities held by Rev Lankwei Lawson are Assistant Session Clerk, Calvary Congregation, Haatso, (2000-2004), Assistant District Session Clerk, Osu District, (2001-2004), Member, National Youth Education Committee, Ga Presbytery Youth Coordinator, (2007-2013), Chairperson, YPG Constitutional Review Committee, (2010), Member, Ga Presbytery 90th Anniversary Planning Committee, (2011), District Director, Abeka District Church Life and Nurture, (2009-2011), Ga Presbytery Director of Church Life and Nurture, (2012 to date).

The Rev. Lankwei Lawson is married to Mrs. Frances Odofourkor Lawson, a Nursing Officer stationed at the Ridge Hospital and they have four children, three daughters and a son.

As part of the valedictory service, a documentary highlighting the work of Rev Lawson in the District was screened. A citation was also presented to Rev Lawson by the Senior Presbyter, Mrs Patience Arthur-Baidoo on behalf of the Hope Congregation. Other congregations in the District also presented parting gift items to Rev. Lawson and his family, while  members 15th Tema Boys and Girls Brigade Companies of the Hope Congregation mounted a special parade in honor of him and his family.

Pictures of the event are available at https://www.facebook.com/hopepresby/

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