Most Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante

Most Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante is currently the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, Chairman of the National Enforcement Body of the Political Parties Code of Conduct 2012 and Chairman of the National Peace Council.  He is also the past President of the Trinity Theological Seminary, a former Head of Department of Religious Studies, KNUST and the past Bishop of the Kumasi Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana.

Professor Asante studied at the Christian Service College (now the Christian Service University College) in Kumasi, London Bible College now London School of Theology in London, U.K., Ottawa University and Saint Paul University all in Ottawa, Canada.  He has number of degrees to his credit: Two Bachelors degree in Theology (B. Th ecclesiastical), a Master of Arts in Theology (M.A. Theo.) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Theology (Ph. D Theo).

Most Rev. Prof. Asante has authored and co-authored a number of peer reviewed works in the form of books and articles and articles in Ethics, Systematic Theology, Old Testament Studies and Mission.  His recent publications include, Culture, Politics and Development: Ethical and Theological Reflections on the Ghanaian Experience; Jesus the Christ: A Survey of the Christological Quest; The Prophetic and Apocalyptic Phenomena in Israel: A Theological Introduction and In Understanding Be Tolerant: A Brief Introduction to Psychology of Religion.

Professor Asante, a distinguished clergyman and scholar has served and continues to serve a number of Tertiary Institutions in Ghana, including the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as a Part Time Lecturer and the University of Ghana, as an External Examiner.

Most Rev. Prof. Asante was ordained as Minister of the Gospel in 1986.

Some of the positions held in the Church by Most Rev. Prof. Asante include:

  • Circuit Minister, Ayigya Society, 1986-1987. He was the first resident minister.
  • Circuit Minister, Wesley, Kumasi Circuit, Methodist Church-Ghana, 1987-1988.
  • Superintendent Minister, Responsible for thirty-two congregations served by four other ordained ministers and two Catechists, 1988-1994.
  • Circuit Minister, Wesley, Kumasi Circuit, Methodist Church-Ghana, 1987-1988.
  • Superintendent Minister, Responsible for thirty-two congregations served by four other ordained ministers and two Catechists, 1988-1994. During my watch, the Wesley Cathedral saw infrastructural expansion making the cathedral one of the landmarks of Kumasi.  Church Organisations were encouraged to adopt weaker Societies.  This led to the Superintendent’s Monday Class of the Wesley Society building a Chapel for the Amankyia Society of the Asuowin section.
  • Assistant Synod Secretary of the Kumasi District – Methodist Church, 1987-1988.
  • Synod Secretary of the Kumasi Diocese then Kumasi District of the Methodist Church, Ghana 1989-1994. Under my secretaryship administrative innovations and efficient ways of reporting to Synod were introduced.  A secretariat involving selected ministers within the then District was formed to assist in the administration of the District.
  • Director, Theological Education by Extension (TEE) Methodist Church Ghana since 1994-2006. I redesigned the entire programme and brought together a teaching faculty drawn from the graduate core of the clergy.  Under my watch, over a hundred ministerial candidates were trained.  Some of the candidates who were trained have, on the basis of the solid theological and ministerial training gained, pursued advance studies in theology and are serving the church effectively.
  • Methodist Chaplain, the Accra Ridge Church 1994-1998. Made a mark as a very effective preacher and expositor of the Bible.
  • General Director, Board of Ministries (B.O.M) Methodist Church, Ghana, 1996-2000. Under my directorship, the Board introduced a number of things in the Church.  Prominent among these is the introduction of the Bible Study Guide. I played a very significant role as the one who drafted and presented the document that led to the adoption of episcopacy in the Methodist Church, Ghana.  I was one of the resource persons during the orientation of the first Bishops of The Methodist Church Ghana at Aburi.

He was elected to the Fellowship of the Academy in 2011.

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