THE RT. REV. CHRISTOPHER NYARKO ANDAM
The Rt. Rev. Christopher Nyarko Andam, a native of Agona Nsaba in the Central region, was born to Very Rev Alfred S. Andam and Mrs Sarah Abena Gyameraa Andam, almost 53 years ago, on Saturday, 28th January, 1963.Christopher responded to the call of God quiet early in life and has since committed himself to the cause of God's work, particularly in the Methodist Church Ghana.
Osofo Nyarko Andam had his basic education at Nkawkaw Methodist Primary and Middle Schools. He continued with his secondary education at Nkawkaw Secondary School for the G.C.E. Ordinary level certificate in 1983 and Wenchi Methodist Secondary School in 1985 for an Advanced level certificate.
The Rt. Rev Andam offered himself for Ministerial formation in August 1989. This was a major decision making in his life as he had at the same time gained admission to the then University of Science and Technology to pursue a degree course. He prayerfully considered the issue and prioritizedthe Ministerial training.Earlier in life the Rt. Rev Andam together with his other siblings had become part of their father's ministry, a Methodist Minister now on superannuation, as he (the father) accepted postings mostly to less endowed circuits/societies where personnel for Church work were lacking, and therefore trained his children to help with Church work as Service Conductors, Lay Readers, Choirmasters, Preachers, etc. Christopher thus had gotten deeply involved with the Church's activitieseven in his youthful stage.
He went through the candidature processes for the ordained ministry and entered the then Trinity College in 1989, He received training and was consequently commissioned in June, 1992 at the Mt. Zion Methodist Chapel, Korle Gorno. After a three year probationary studies, he was ordained and received into full connexion in 1995 at the Bethel Methodist Chapel, Takoradi
Academically, the Rt. Rev Nyarko Andam completed Trinity College (Trinity Theological Seminary) with a Diploma in Theology and also Certificate in Ministry. Six years after commissioning, he pursued further studies and was awarded BA(Hons) in Geography/Resource Development and Study of Religions from the University of Ghana, Legon. After working for another five years he gained admission into the University of Birmingham, UK to read Master of Science (MSc) in Development Management, on a scholarship granted by the Britain Methodist Church. He also pursued another course and earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Missions awarded by the Queen's College in Birmingham. Rt Rev. Andam again studied for another Masters programme, Master of Business Administration (MBA) Human Resource Option and specialized on Leadership, at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Earlier on in 1996, The Rt. Rev Andam had undergone a United Nations Management and Administration training by UNDP under the UNPI programme.
Though, the third of the four Andam brothers, Christopher was the first to enter into the Ministry, he has however enjoyed the cooperation and support of his brothers even before they also became Ministers, up till now.
The Rt. Rev Christopher Nyarko Andam's 23 years’ itinerancy took him to the following stations
SOCIETY STATUS/CIRCUIT/DISTRICT/DIOCESE DATE
- Gomoa Potsin -Circuit Minister -Winneba Circuit, Winneba District 1992 - 1995
- Agona Nsaba -Circuit Minister -Agona Circuit, Winneba District 1995 - 1998
- Abelemkpe/Maamob -Aux. Minister -Accra New Town, Accra District 1998 - 1999
- Madina West -Aux. Minister -Dzoworlu, Accra Diocese 1999 - 2001
- Nsawam -Supt. Minister -Nsawam, Koforidua 2001 - 2005
- Adweso Estate -Supt. Minister -Adweso, Koforidua 2005 - 2006
- Ayigya -Supt. Minister -Ayigya, Kumasi 2006 - 2011
- Kumasi -Supt. Minister -Kumasi, Kumasi 2011 – 2015
As though by divine arrangements, the Rt. Rev Andam served as a chaplain at all the levels that he schooled. He was appointed, the student chaplain at Nkawkaw Secondary (Form 5) and later, Wenchi Methodist Secondary school (Sixth Form). At the seminary, he served on the chaplaincy committee for the entire three-year period and was appointed the chapel prefect (High Priest) during his final year. The Rt. Rev Andam has served the church in various capacities both at the Diocesan and Connexional levels, some of them are as indicated below
- Assistant Journal Secretary -Winneba Diocese - 1996 - 1998
- District Youth Organiser (DYO) -Winneba Diocese - 1996 - 1998
- Assistant Daily Records Secretary -Koforidua Diocese - 2001 - 2002
- Assistant Synod Secretary -Koforidua Diocese - 2002 - 2003
- Synod Secretary -Koforidua Diocese - 2003 – 2006
- Chaplain to the Christ's Little Band -Kumasi Diocese - 2009 - 2011
- Assistant Synod Secretary -KumasiDiocese - 2009 - 2012
- Synod Secretary -Kumasi Diocese - 2012 – 2015
On the Connexional scenes
He has been a Conference member since 2002 to date, and served as the Journal Secretary for the 2011 Expanded GPC held at Akyem Oda and also2013 Expanded GPC at Sunyani. He again functioned as the Assistant Journal secretary for both Conference 2010 (Cape Coast) and Conference 2012 held in Tema. Osofo Andam is currently the Connexional Chaplain for the Christ Little Band.
- Osofo has attended many workshops
- Several locally organized Leadership training/Workshops
- Management and Administration Training by UNDP/GOG Capacity training at Accra, 1998
- Management training Workshop at Weija by the Methodist Church Ghana, 2002
- Workshop on Religion and Global Warming – at Derby, Uk in 2006
- Workshop on Conflict Resolution in Birmingham, Uk in 2007 organised by the International Development Department of the Birmingham University.
Contributor/writer Weekly Bible Lesson
Facilitator Evangelist training School (FCMLD)
Served as a facilitator to many Leadership workshops (both within and outside the th Church)