Widow of the late treasurer. [Photo credit: SGUC]
The Southern Ghana Union Conference has lost its Treasurer, Elder Ebenezer Amase Odonkor. He died on December 31, 2017
after a short illness. He was 65.
“It is such a great loss, the whole office is still in shock. The Union and Church leaders in the Southern Ghana and Northern Unions received the heartbreaking news on December 31st. No one expected that his brief sickness will end like this. He served the Church as diligently as he could and we will miss him greatly,” the President of the Southern Ghana Union Conference, Pastor Thomas Techie Ocran, said.
The late Elder Odonkor was appointed the Union Treasurer in 2015 after serving as an Associate Treasurer for the then Ghana Union Conference and later the Southern Ghana Union Conference from 2000-2014 when the Ghana field was divided into two Unions.
He had worked as a denominational worker for 40years having being appointed as an Accountant in June 1977 for the then South Ghana Mission. He rose through the ranks to become the Treasurer of the South Ghana Conference in 1994.
“He believed in practicing what he understood to be the truth. So we found him firm and strong in the decisions and actions he took so long as it was in the interest of the work. He was meticulous and always ensued due diligence to his satisfaction, this we perceived to be delaying of processes,” Pastor Solomon O.T Hammond shared memories of him.
The former Treasurer of the SGUC, Elder Isaac Owusu Amponsem, under whom he worked for 15years upon hearing the news lamented “we have lost a dedicated and a very hard working colleague.”
The Treasury staff paid glowing tributes in memory Elder Odonkor in these words “Elder Odonkor loved his job. Our Boss, colleague and friend was a very firm, principled, hardworking and in good times a very lively and jovial man. One major act of his that will linger in our minds was his usual morning ritual of knocking on and greeting occupants of every single office on the Treasury block to greet and check on us. We will miss that.”
Pastor Adama Larmie, who worked with him for over 30years both at the South Ghana Conference and later the Ghana Union Conference/Southern Ghana Union Conference had this to say about him.
“He was my brother, friend, and co-worker at both South Ghana Conference and the Union (GUC and SGUC). A man who is serious with GOD and loves the Church. Very meticulous in taking care of GOD’s money “From a distance, he may look too serious to smile, but when one gets closer to him, one will experiences his brand of warmness and humour and smiles. But I know, by the promise of our FATHER, that I shall see him again on the resurrection morning.”
According to the Communication Director of the Southern Ghana Union Conference, Ms. Solace Asafo, the late Treasurer was also a great supporter of the Department and very instrumental in our quest to start an Adventist TV Station in Ghana.
“It is unfortunate he cannot share in the joy of knowing that the Church has been given authorization from the State to start a satellite TV station. But he will be remembered when the history of the station is written for his fund raising advice and finding money during the trying times of 2017 to get us licensed,” the Communication Director said.
Remains of the late Treasurer being carried in [Photo credit: SGUC]
The remains of the late Elder Ebenezer Amase Odonkor, 65, has been laid to rest in his hometown at Ada in the Greater Accra region of Ghana on February 1, 2018 after a funeral service in Accra.
Thousands of Church workers, friends and family members thronged the forecourt of the Southern Ghana Union Conference to pay their last respects to the late Treasurer whose work with the Adventist Church spanned a period of 40years.
Mourners came from all over the country, the West-central Africa Division lead by the President, Pastor Ellie Weick Dido, and leadership of the Sahel Union based in Togo. Retired Ministers including Pastors Mathew Bediako, Jacob J. Nortey, Samuel Adama Larmie prayed for the family and officiated at the funeral service.
The President of the West Central Africa Division, Pastor Ellie Weick Dido, delivering the sermon emphasized that death was inevitable and a painful separation yet called on family members to place their hope in God who was the best comforter.
The late Elder Odonkor was baptized in 1972, and appointed by the then Southern Ghana Mission as an accountant in 1977. He rose through the ranks to become the Treasurer of the Southern Ghana Union in 2015, a position he held until his death on December 31st 2017 after a short Illness. He was survived by a wife, Jessie Odonkor and three children, Joseph, Elsie and Michael and three grandchildren.
Solace Yawa Asafo
Southern Ghana Union Conference - Accra