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Ministering to the Needs of the World: 2018 International Dialogue between the World Communion of Reformed Churches and Classical Pentecostals

This photograph was taken following the Sunday morning service (December 2, 2018) at Faith Congregation Presbyterian Church.
Front row (left to right): Setri Nyomi (Former General Secretary of the World Communion of Reformed Churches, lives in Accra, Ghana), Karla Koll (Reformed Co-Chair, a Presbyterian Church-USA missionary, teaching at the Latin American College and Seminary in San Jose, Costa Rica), Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante (Newly elected General Secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana), Florence Mante (Wife of the General Secretary), Mel Robeck (Pentecostal Co-Chair, an Assemblies of God minister, Senior Professor of Church History and Ecumenics and Special Assistant to the President for Ecumenical Relations at Fuller Theological Seminary), Rev. Kingsley Asare-Addo (Pastor of the Faith Congregation in Legon, Accra of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana).
Second row (left to right): Akpene Nyomi (wife of Setri Nyomia), Jacqui Grey ( Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Alphacrucis College in Sydney, Australia), Hanns Lessing (Director of the World Communion of Reformed Churches and lives in Hannover, Germany), Teresa Chai (Assemblies of God minister from Malaysia and Academic Dean of Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio City, Philippines), Bas Plaisier (Former General Secretary of the Reformed Church of the Netherlands), Gabriella Rácsok (Sárospatak Reformed Theological Academy, Reformed Church of Hungary), Van Johnson (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada).
Third row (left to right): David D. Daniels III (Bishop in the Church of God in Christ and Professor of World Christianity at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois), Jean-Daniel Plüss (Swiss Pentecostal Mission theologian and ecumenical liaison), Adelaide Kastner (Elder in the Presbyterian Church in Ghana), Nii Armah Ashitey (Ecumenical officer for the Presbyterian Church of Ghana).

In their desire to immerse themselves in something of Ghana’s church life and larger history and culture, dialogue participants met with the President and faculty of Trinity Theological Seminary over lunch and discussion. The group was welcomed by church leaders from the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the home of Rev. Dr. Setri and Akpene Nyomi. On Sunday, participants were privileged to worship with the Faith Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana. The lectionary reading from 1 Thessalonians 3:8-13 that day seemed to be especially relevant to the discussions of dialogue participants. Following the service, dialogue participants were graciously hosted for a meal, as guests of the church. They also traveled to the Elmina slave castle for a day of reflection on past and present failures of the church to live out the Gospel.

The Reformed team, which hosted this year’s encounter, included the Rev. Dr. Karla Ann Koll, co-chair, (Presbyterian Church USA/Costa Rica), Rev. Dr. Hanns Lessing (Executive Secretary, World Communion of Reformed Churches), Rev. Dr. Setri Nyomi (Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Ghana), Rev. Dr. Bas Plaisier (Protestant Church in the Netherlands) and Rev. Dr. Gabriella Rácsok (Reformed Church of Hungary). The Pentecostal team included: Rev. Dr. Cecil M. Robeck, co-chair (Assemblies of God, USA), Rev. Dr. Teresa Chai (Assemblies of God, Malaysia), Rt. Rev. Dr. David Daniels (Church of God in Christ, USA), Rev. Dr. Jacqueline Grey (Australian Christian Churches), Dr. Jean-Daniel Plüss (Swiss Pentecostal Mission), and Rev. Dr. Van Johnson (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada).

Legon, Accra, Ghana
December 4, 2018

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Category: Fall 2018, In Depth

About the Author: Cecil M. Robeck, Jr., Ph.D. (Fuller Theological Seminary), is Senior Professor of Church History and Ecumenics and Special Assistant to the President for Ecumenical Relations at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God who has served at the seminary since 1974. His work on the Azusa Street revival is well known. His ecumenical work, since 1984, is highly respected around the world by Christian leaders outside the Pentecostal Movement. He continues to serve as a bridge between Pentecostalism and the larger church world, leading international dialogues, participating in ecumenical consultations, and working on and writing about church-dividing issues. He appears regularly on the AmericanReligious.org Town Hall weekly telecast. He co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Pentecostalism (Cambridge, 2014) with Amos Yong, The Azusa Street Revival and Its Legacy (Wipf & Stock, 2009) with Harold D. Hunter, and The Suffering Body: Responding to the Persecution of Christians (Paternoster, 2006) with Harold D. Hunter. He is also the author of The Azusa Street Mission and Revival: The Birth of the Global Pentecostal Movement (Thomas Nelson, 2006 and 2017) and Prophecy in Carthage: Perpetua, Tertullian, and Cyprian (Pilgrim, 1992). Faculty page

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