Bishop’s Profile

The Rt. Rev. John DeGraft Priddy

The Rt. Rev. John DeGraft Priddy was born at Elimina in the Central Region to Mr. John Kofi Anowie and Madam Mary Esi Sarsah, both of blessed memory on 18th December, 1955.

John received his elementary education at the Methodist Primary School, Manso Atwere and completed at St. Andrews Catholic Boys middle school at Nandom in the Upper West Region in 1970. He continued at Awudome Secondary School, Tsito in the Volta Region where he obtained his General Certificate of Education (G.C.E) Ordinary level in 1976.

John, taught as a Pupil Teacher for two (2) years and entered St. Joseph’s Training College, Bechem in 1978. He taught for Six (6) years in the following schools: Elmina Methodist Continuation School, Etsiapa Memorial Methodist Primary School, Kormantsi Methodist Primary School and Akotobinsin Methodist Primary School, Elmina. The Rt. Rev. John DeGraft Priddy at a very early stage showed keen interest in the Church. He was a Chapel Keeper, a Class Leader, a Local Preacher and Circuit Youth Organizer at Elmina.

He candidate for the ordained Ministry at Elmina on the recommendation of the Very Rev. Albert A. Gordon, who was then the Superintendent Minister of Elmina Circuit. John entered the then Trinity College in 1987. He received training and was consequently commissioned in June, 1990 at the Wesley Methodist Chapel, Accra. After a three (3) year probationary studies, he was ordained and received into full connexion in 1993 at the same venue where he was commissioned. At the Trinity College he was the Hall Captain for Odjidja hall and treasurer for the Methodist Students.

In 1993, he continued his education at the University of Ghana – Legon where he was awarded Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Degree in Religion whit Psychology in 1997.

MINISTERIAL ITINERANCY

SOCIETY                               STATUS                                CIRCUIT                DIOCESE               YEAR

Aboadze                              Circuit Minister                 Shama                  Sekondi                1990-1993

Univ. of Ghana Legon                                                                                                                     1993-1997

Yenso                                    Circuit Minister                 Sekyere                Effiduase             1997-1998

Effiduase                             2nd Minister                        Effiduase             Effiduase             1998-1999

Sekondi                                2nd Minister                        Sekondi                Sekondi                1999-2001

Axim                                      Supt. Minister                    Axim                      Sekondi                2001-2004

Effiakuma                            Supt. Minister                    Effiakuma            Sekondi                2004-2006

Asawasi                                Supt. Minister                    Asawasi                Kumasi                 2006-2011

Aburi                                     Supt. Minister                    Aburi                     Koforidua            2011-2014

Nsuta                                    Supt. Minister                    Nsuta                    Koforidua            2014-2016

 

POSITIONS HEAD AT THE DIOCESAN LEVEL

  • K. Treasurer, Effiduase Diocese: 1997-1999
  • Journal Secretary, Effiduase Diocese: 1998-1999
  • K. Secretary, Sekondi Diocese: 2002-2002
  • K. Chairman, Sekondi Diocese: 2003-2006
  • Letter Chairman, Sekondi Diocese: 2004-2006
  • Chaplain, Methodist Guild, Sekondi Diocese: 2001
  • Coordinator, Local Preachers, Sekondi Diocese: 2003-2006
  • Journal Secretary, Kumasi Synod: 2009
  • Chaplain, Boys & Girls’ Brigade, Kumasi Diocese: 2009
  • Press representative, Koforidua Diocese Synod: 2012-2014
  • Attester, Koforidua Doicese Synod: 2012
  • Letter Writer, Koforidua Diocese Synod: 2015
  • Conversation on the state of the work of God

(Ministerial Session), Koforidua Synod:                                                                  2015

The Rt. Rev. John DeGraft Priddy has also served on the following committees:

  • Secretary, Committee for Social Responsibility & Rural Development,

Sekondi Diocese:                                                                                                              2003-2006

  • Board Member Social Responsibility & Rural Development,

Sekondi Diocese:                                                                                                              2004-2006

  • Coordinating Secretary for Coordinating Office for Social Services,

Koforidua Diocese:                                                                                                          2013-2016

  • Chairman, Resource Mobilization Advisory Team, Koforidua Diocese: 2013-2016
  • Chairman, Finance Advisory Team, Koforidua Diocese: 2013-2016

He has attended several courses, workshops and conferences to enrich his scope of knowledge. Some of them are as follows:

  • Management Training Workshop for Synod Secretaries / Supt.
  • Ministers at Weija organised by the Methodist Church, Ghana 2002
  • Workshop on the Strategic Plan of the Methodist Church,

Ghana, Kumasi                                                                                                                  2009

  • Workshop on Records management organized by the History

Archives Division of the Methodist Church, Ghana:                                           2007

 

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE LAY MOVEMENT COUNCIL

John recognizes the Lay Movement Council as a body in the church (S.O 286) and has not left Lay Movement Council out in his Ministerial Career.

  • He spearheaded the 1st Lay Movement Council Annual General Meetings (Asawasi Circuit), Kumasi Diocese: 2007 and the 1st Lay Movement Council Annual General Meeting (Aburi Circuit), Koforidua Diocese: 2012.

MARITAL LIFE

The Rt. Rev. John DeGraft Priddy is married to a prayerful, industrious and supportive lady in the person of Mrs. Aba Priddy, a teacher by profession. The family is blessed with four (4) children.

HOBBIES:

Gardening, Reading and Watching Football

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