Rt. Rev. Thomas Brown Forson, (Kwesi Nyarkoh) was born to Mr. John Forson and Grace Nyamewaah (both of blessed memory) on 20th March 1949, at Agona Duakwa near Agona Swedru in the Central Region of Ghana.Thomas, the last born of 10 siblings, started class one at the age of six and completed Middle form four in 1964 at the age of 15 years.
In middle form two, he passed the common Entrance Examination to enter secondary school but his parents who were peasant farmers could not sponsor him. T.B as he is affectionately called, stayed at home for two years after completing elementary school in 1964 to take care of his father who was sick.
In 1966, his father died and T.B was left in the hands of benevolent people notable among them was Mr. John Fosu (deceased), his father’s family friend. Rt. Rev Thomas B. Forson has recognised the role the late Mr. John Fosu played in his life and has named one of his children, Emma after him.
During the same year, (1966) Thomas secured a job with the then Government Printing Press (now State Publishing Corporation) and worked for two years. Thomas was brilliant and he was earmarked for Japan for further training. Unfortunately, his hand was trapped in a machine one hot afternoon and when by grace he was miraculously rescued, he lost interest in the job. He then decided to continue his education to be trained as a teacher.
EDUCATION / TEACHING CAREER
In 1968, T.B gained admission into Enchi Teacher Training College. Life in College was an ordeal, but God sustained him through. T.B was an active sportsman and captained the college football team. His testimonial showed “all round in sports.”
He completed Teacher Training College in 1972 and his first station was Gomoa Abonko, a village five miles on foot from Apam. He taught there for four years. The secret of enjoying his stay at the village was that, he attached himself to the local Methodist Church, morning and evening. It was at Abonko that one Education Officer, Mr. Buabeng (the late Rev. Ewoodzie’s nephew) told him that the way he was committed to the work of God, he would not be surprised to hear one day that Forson had become a Minister of the Gospel. That was a prophecy and God at his own time fulfilled it.
After four years at Gomoa Abonko, Thomas was posted to Agona Abodam United Middle Schoool (Presby / Methodist). He continued God’s work with a sense of commitment and dedication, serving in various capacities as Choirmaster, Leaders’ Meeting Secretary and Society Steward. He was appointed the first Head Teacher of the Local Methodist Middle School, when the Methodist Church separated from the Presbyterian.
At Abodam, Thomas worked with the late Very Rev. James K. Assabil and Very Rev. J.M Donkor (now supernumerary) as a Society Steward. Both saw the gifts and graces necessary for the Ordained Ministry in him. Subsequently, the Very Rev. J. M. Donkor recommended him to the then Suprintendent Minister, Very Rev. Daniel B. Odoom (deceased) for candidature into the Ministry in 1980. He was the first candidate from Swedru Circuit to enter Trinity College. Thomas came out from the Trinity College with a Diploma in Theology in 1983 and was ordained in 1986.
Rt. Rev. Thomas B. Forson has been in full time ministry in various capacities for the past 30 years and has served under seasoned Ministers like Rt. Rev. Maclean A. Kumi, Rt. Rev. David Bruce Ofori Rockson, Rt. Rev. Joseph Tekyi-Ansah, Rt. Rev. Justice K. A. Dadson, Rt Rev. Abraham A. Tagoe, Rt. Rev. Winifred H.Y. Ametefe and many others. His full Ministerial itinerary is as follows:
1983 – 1986 – Mfantsiman Girls’ Secondary School as Chaplain.
1986 – 1992 – Circuit Minister at Kissi/Komenda Circuit and District Youth Organizer for the Cape Coast District
1992 – 1995 – Komenda Circuit as Superintendent Minister.
1995 – 1997 – Cape Coast Circuit as Superintendent Minister.
2000 – 2004 – Nkawkaw Circuit as Superintendent Minister.
2004 – 2006 – Winneba Circuit as Superintendent Minister.
2006 – 2009 – Accra North Circuit as Superintendent Minister.
2009 – 2013 – Tema Circuit as Superintendent and Synod Secretary.
Besides Enchi Training College and Trinity Theological Seminary, the Rt. Rev. Forson has studied through the following institutions and conducted research:
1997 – 2000 University of Cape Coast – BA Honours (English & Religion)
Project Work in Partial Fulfillment of degree requirments:
TOPIC: The use of symbols in Christianity.
2004 University of Ghana – Certificate in HIV/AIDS Counselling and Care Given
2009 – 2013 GIMPA – Executive Master of Governance & Leadership
(EMGL) (Completion & Graduation –November 2013)
Thesis: A comparative analysis of leadership practices of the Methodist and Pentecost Churches and the implications for Church growth.
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
1993 – 1995 Member, Board of Governors Akatakyiman Rural Bank
1993 – 1995 Member, Akatakyiman Traditional Council, Komenda
1992 – 1996 Government Appointee, Komenda, Edina Eguafo Abrem (K.E.E.A) District Assembly, Elmina.
1996 – 1997 Churches’ Representative to the Late Nana Mbra’s Funeral Committee and Chairman, Reconciliation Committee for the Chieftaincy Dispute on the funeral, Cape Coast Traditional Council.
2004 Community Based Organisation, (C.B.O) Coordinator, Ghana AIDS Commission, Kwahu South, Nkawkaw Methodist Church.
2005 – 2006 Board Member, Winneba District Health Insurance Scheme
MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
On 15th January 1978, Thomas got married to a very dependable, supportive and enviable wife, Faustina Nkrumah from Agona Abodam. God has blessed their marriage with four obedient and reliable children – two boys and two girls namely Ernestina Dankwa Aboagye (Mrs), Emmanuel Christian Ewusi Forson, Theophilus Baah Forson and Esther Nyamewaah Forson.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philiippians 4:13). For the past sixty four (64) years of existence and thirty years as a Methodist Minister life has been very challenging but God has been faithful to me. I am grateful to this immutable God.
A special word of thanks to all and sundry who have encouraged and prayed with, and for me in my ministry especially the Most Rev. Prof and Mrs. Emmanuel Asante, the Most Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Aboagye Mensah, Rt. Rev. and Mrs. Ametefe, Rt. Rev. and Mrs. J.M Donkor, my dear wife Faustina and my four children Tina, Emma, Theophilus and Esther. May God give you hope and a future.
To God be the Glory.