Font Size » + | -By Kofi Gyansah I was born February 22, 1989, to Yaw Moses and Yaa Amponsah, the firstborn among six siblings. The late Rev. Twum Bosiako (the former Open Bible field director for Ghana) and his late wife, Kate Bosiako, had adopted my mum when she was young. Even though my mum was married when I was born, the Bosiakos adopted me as their first grandson and raised me from day one of my birth. Growing Up Rev. and Mrs. Bosiako gave me the best possible education. I was among the few in the neighborhood who attended an expensive school. The Lord was gracious to me and also blessed me with wisdom for my studies, enabling me to excel. Throughout my childhood, there wasn’t a day that went by without family devotions in the morning. This guided my life as a teenager, and I say to the glory of God that I was not exposed to the social vices other teenagers faced. Even though I knew a lot about God, I did not make a personal decision to serve Jesus and make Him my Lord until my first year in high school. I continued to excel in my education, and at age 18 I was ready to enter the university. In 2009 at age 19, I was admitted into the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. There I was chosen to be the leader of the Bible teachers called “the counselors.” I dedicated most of my time at the university to assist the campus ministry and to visit my local Open Bible church every Sunday to hold a Bible study class. Full Ministry Life The “laying-on-of-hands” ceremony at the Church Planting Academy graduation.While I was growing up, many people told me I would take after my grandfather, Twum Bosiako, but I never fully understood what they meant. After I completed university, several roles were assigned to me in the church at local, regional, and national levels. I was appointed as the Superintendent of Bible Teachers in the Ashanti Region and the local youth leader in 2015. In 2017 I was ordained as a pastor and by the grace of God am currently serving as Dean of Students for Inste Bible College Ghana; the National Youth Pastor of Open Bible Churches, Ghana; and the National Coordinator for the Church Planting Academy. I am always grateful to God for using me as a vessel and directing my life. I am one hundred percent confident that the backbone of my ministry today stems from the opportunity to be at the Church Planting Academy and the decision I made there to be a vessel God can use to save the lost. Church Planting Academy In 2016, I received a call from Okai Commey, the General Superintendent of Open Bible Churches in Ghana, informing me that Rev. Rich Kopp from the States was coming to Ghana to hold a one-month course for zealous youth in the church. The course, the Church Planting Academy of Ghana, was launched as an experimental and innovative concept. The goal was to train twelve mature, dedicated Ghanaian believers to team up in groups of two to plant six new churches. Every recruit had to be able to live on campus for one month. This required them to leave their jobs and homes and devote themselves entirely to being trained in the techniques and strategies of church planting. Hungry to gather more knowledge, I sought permission from my secular job to be away for a month so I could attend. I had no idea the church planting teams would be given monthly support until Rich Kopp informed us that each team would receive $300 a month for one year. I thank God for the gracious and generous giving of churches in America that made this support possible. (left to right) Kofi Gyansah, Rich Kopp, and Nick Mahabir (another Open Bible College graduate who assisted with the Church Planting Academy). While at the Academy, I took advantage of the opportunity to ask questions about ministry. I saw in those who led the Academy a great passion to dedicate much time to soul winning and to the work of God. A very special brother of mine, Dominic Darkwa, and I were teammates. Our team emerged as the top of our class in that first ever Church Planting Academy. I am one hundred percent confident that the backbone of my ministry today stems from the opportunity to be at the Church Planting Academy and the decision I made there to be a vessel God can use to save the lost. In 2017 Rich Kopp, in agreement with Okai Commey, invited me to teach in the next Academy. I was very grateful. It was one of the best times of my life and provided me with the opportunity to stand before great people of God and share insights from the Word of God. Kofi Gyansah (on right) with his church planting partner, Dominic Darkwa. At the graduation of the second Church Planting Academy in 2018, I was introduced as the next coordinator for the Ghana Church Planting Academy, replacing Rich Kopp. With all humility of heart, I am availing myself to be used by God with help from my superiors in the Lord. The New Church Plant In March 2017 Dominic Darkwa and I began our church plant, Calvary Assembly. We had difficulty finding a place to worship, so we met with our new converts in the open air in the evenings and taught them the Word of God. Sometimes we thought they would not return because we met in the open air, but to our surprise they would return for the next meeting – and bring a friend. Gradually our numbers increased from four to ten and then fifteen. We purchased twenty chairs while still worshiping in the open air, praying for a miracle. God touched the heart of one of our new converts, and he willingly gave us his new house for church meetings (at no cost). Today by the grace of God, we regularly average at least thirty adults and more than thirty children every Sunday. I have always relied on God and He has always led me. Thanks to Kofi and Dominic, these people have a church home. About the Author Kofi Gyansah serves as the National Coordinator for the Church Planting Academy in Ghana; the Dean of Students for Inste Bible College Ghana; the National Youth Pastor of Open Bible Churches, Ghana; and co-pastor of Calvary Assembly in Kumasi, Ghana.