THE RT. REV. SAMUEL KOFI OSABUTEY

Accra-Bishop

Bishop's Profile:

From 1stOctober, 2015 Samuel Kofi Osabutey (herein after referred to as Osͻfo Kofi) began his 31st year in the Ordained Ministry of The Methodist Church Ghana.

Since his commissioning as a minister in June 1985 and subsequent ordination in August, 1988, Osͻfo Kofi has served the Church as Circuit Minister, District (Diocesan) Youth Organizer, Superintendent Minister/Synod Secretary, and Director of Lay Ministries.

Family Life

Osͻfo Kofi was born inAccra on November 17th, 1958 to the late Ex-Sergeant Amevor Osabutey of Ada Foah, and Mrs. Janet Adzakie Osabutey (nee Adjanor) of Dodowa/Ningo.  He is the eldest of four siblings (Adede-now deceased, Korngo, and Mamle) from both parents; and second son from mother's side- the eldest son being Bro. Lartey Larkai.  The extended families of both sides of parents have at various times supported the growth of Osͻfo Kofi.

On May 31st, 1986 Osͻfo Kofi got married to Bernice Aku Osabutey (nee Roe), who is now deceased (September, 2014). The marriage was blessed with two girls – Joanna Kabukie and Sarah Kabukwor, both now young graduate adults making their marks in their chosen careers, to the glory of God. This nuclear family was a musical group. Bernice's natural gift of music was reproduced in the girls and has stayed with them, and proved to be a spiritual strength for them and Osͻfo Kofi when Bernice was lost to them.

Education:

Osͻfo Kofi had his basic education from 1964 to 1970 (having been jumped twice in the primary school) at the Arakan Methodist Primary and Middle Schools, Burma Camp. The foundation of military discipline, a vital component of which is time consciousness, was laid here, and has stayed with Osͻfo Kofi. Sometimes, he carries this too far to the discomfort of others and this he humbly acknowledges and seeks to, as he grows in human interaction, to work on.

Following his secondary education at the Ada Secondary School from 1970 to 1975, Osͻfo Kofi entered the Presbyterian Training College, Akropong-Akwapim to train as a teacher from 1976 to 1979 (He served as the college student chaplain in his final year). From 1982 to 1985, he studied at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Accra (Here he served as the class representative and later the SRC Secretary in his final year).  Later he had further theological education at the Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, USA from 1990 to 1991.

Osͻfo Kofi's desire for knowledge in other fields, led him to study conflict management with emphasis on Alternative/Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) from 2007 to 2014 with the Gamey and Gamey Academy of Mediation.

Osͻfo Kofi holds the following certificates:

  • Teacher's Certificate “A” Post-Sec. (1979)
  • Diploma in Theology (1985)
  • Master of Arts - Christian Education (1991)
  • Executive Diploma - Mediation and Arbitration (2009)
  • Professional Executive Master of Alternative Dispute Resolution (2015)

Other Certificates include:

  • Advanced Leadership (1997, Haggai Institute, Maui, Hawaii, USA)
  • Leadership and Management (2002, School of Administration, University of Ghana, Legon now University of Ghana Business School)
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Marketing (2003, Ghana Institute of Journalism, Accra)
  • Christian Mediation (2007, Gamey and Gamey Academy of Mediation, Accra)
  • Human Resource Management (2010, Christian University College, Amrahia, Accra)

 

Professional Development

  • August, 1998 to date: Participation in Conferences of the West African Association of Theological Institutes (WAATI) of which he served as Secretary –General for two terms of two years each, 2000 to 2004.
  • 2004 to 2005: Participation in Leadership Development called “Interaction Leadership” organized by the British Council, Ghana for emerging African Leaders involving participants selected from 19 African countries for the first cohort.
  • August, 2005: Participated in a Workshop organized by Oasis Africa in collaboration with Fuller Theological Seminary's Graduate School of Psychology, in Brackenhurst, Limuru, Kenya. The result of this workshop was the production of an instructional material in book and DVD published under the title “Christian Counseling- An African Indigenous Perspective”, Ed.  Gladys Mwiti and Prof. Al Dueck, 2006. Osͻfo Kofi is grateful to Mrs. Janet Thompson, (Director, Children's Ministry) through whose effort and recommendation, he was invited to be part of this workshop.
  • 5th - 9th January, 2009: Participation in Workshop on “Theological Counseling Methods” organized by the Regent University College, Dansoman, Accra.
  • November, 2010 to date: Participation in Capacity Building Workshops and Conferences for Directors of Lay Ministries and Lay Centres in Africa, with the Association of Christian Lay Centres in Africa (ACLCA), serving as the Ghana National Co-ordinator of ACLCA; and elected to serve as Honorary Treasurer, December 2014.
  • February 17th – 23rd, 2013: Participation in Global Entrepreneurship Training (GET) programme organized by the Methodist University College, Ghana (MUCG) in collaboration with the Handong Global University, Korea at the MUCG Wenchi campus.

Work Experience:

Early Work Experience

  • September, 1975 to June, 1976: taught as Pupil Teacher, International School, Accra New Town.
  • September, 1979 to June, 1980: taught English and Literature at the Presbyterian Training College Demonstration JSS, Akropong-Akwapim; where he also served as a Secretary to the Academic Staff Meeting.
  • September, 1980 to June, 1982: taught English and Literature at Nifa Secondary School, Adukrom where he also served as Master of the Library, Secretary to the Chaplaincy Committee and the Coordinating Secretary to six Scripture Union School Groups on the Akwapim Ridge.

Work Experience in the Methodist Church Ghana

As Circuit Minister

  • July, 1985 to September, 1985: Kpong, Somanya Circuit
  • October, 1985 to September, 1989: Somanya/Ho Circuit
  • October, 1989 to September, 1990: Ada Foah, Ada Circuit
  • (February, 1991 to August, 1991: Pulpit Assistant Pastor, AME Zion Church, Trenton, New Jersey, USA; and Pasadena Community Church (United Methodist Church), St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.)
  • October, 1991 to September, 1995: Ada Foah, Ada Circuit
  • October, 1995 to September, 1998: Madina, Accra Circuit

As Superintendent Minister

  • October, 1998 to September, 2001: Madina Circuit
  • October, 2001 to September, 2003: Dansoman Circuit
  • October, 2003 to September, 2009: Somanya Circuit

As Synod Secretary

  • October, 2000 to September, 2003: Accra Diocese
  • October, 2003 to September, 2009: Somanya Diocese

As Director

  • October, 2009 to September, 2015: Lay Ministries

 

Other Positions Held and work in the Methodist Church Ghana

  • October, 1989 to September, 1996: District (Diocesan) Youth Organizer, Accra
  • June, 1998 to Date: Contributing Writer to the Weekly Bible Lessons and Co-General Editor
  • Between 1998 and 2015: Served Accra and Kumasi Dioceses and the Conference in various positions: Daily Record Secretary, Journal Secretary, Assistant Synod Secretary, Recorder at General Purposes Council (GPC) Meetings, Scrutineer.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Church Related

Since 1997:

  • Adjunct Lecturer, Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon, Ghana
  • Course Facilitator for Senior Ministerial Candidates (TEE), Probationers and Trainee Evangelists of The Methodist Church Ghana

 

Social and Community Involvement

From May, 1994 to May, 1998: Government Appointee of the Dangme East District Assembly in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana, where he also served as Chairman of the Social Services Sub-committee responsible for Education, Health and Tourism.  The committee under his chairmanship was responsible for drawing attention to the Trokosi issues in the Tongu District to an NGO then operating in the District. The action plan was later taken over by the NGO International Needs led by Rev. Walter Pimpong and developed into the world famous Ministry programme under which hundreds of “enslaved” girls were liberated.

Since 1994 to date: Involved in advocacy for the Girl Child Education, through his work with The Forum For Africa Women Educationist (FAWE), Ghana Chapter, of which he has been a focal point person, beginning with his chairmanship of the Social Services Sub-committee of the Dangme East District Assembly.

 Particular Interests

Osͻfo Kofi's special gift is in the Teaching Ministry. He also has a passion for Youth Ministry, Church Leadership Development, effective Bible Study and Family Life Education. He has developed some teaching materials in these areas for Churches and Church groups within and outside the Methodist Church Ghana.

Publications

 Amongst his numerous writings, these are the more formal published works:

  1. “What Every Chorister Must Know” (2005)
  2. “Is This Your Church?” (2007)
  3. “It is Written: A Guide To Personal Bible Study” (2007)- dedicated to the late Bro. Kweku Hutchful, SU Ghana, General Secretary, and Lecturer, School of Administration, University of Ghana, Legon (now University of Ghana Business School)
  4. “That I May Know Him” (2008) – dedicated to the Rt. Rev. William R. A. Blankson, first Bishop, Somanya Diocese
  5. “Blessed Insurance – Jesus is Mine.” (2013), a revision and enlargement of “That I May Know Him”

Scripts awaiting formal publication are:

  1. “Young And Wise”
  2. “I Will Serve The Church”
  3. “Christian Nurture – A Wesleyan Paradigm”
  4. “No Tithes – Things Get Tight”
  5. “Catch The Fire”

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