VERY REV. PROF. CEPHAS NARH OMENYO
The Rt. Rev. Prof. Cephas Narh Omenyo is a professor of African Christianity. He has served as a Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) for the past 31 years. He is born to Mr. Cephas Tettey Mate Omenyo and Mrs. Felicia Namo Omenyo, both deceased. He is the fifth among 10 children (seven males and three females). He had his basic and secondary education at the Presbyterian Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools at Bechem in the Brong Ahafo respectively. He completed his sixth form education in Science at the Sunyani Secondary School. Rt. Rev. Prof. Cephas Narh Omenyo started his theological education at the then Trinity College (now Trinity Theological Seminary) from 1982 to 1985.
He was subsequently commissioned into the ministry of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in June 1985 at Teshie and ordained in 1987 at the Unity Congregation, Tamale. He graduated from the University of Ghana with BA in Sociology and the Study of Religions. He obtained his M.Phil (Study of Religions) from the University of Ghana in 1994 and his PhD from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, in 2002. He was appointed Training Officer at the Akrofi Christaller Memorial Center for Mission Research and Applied Theology (now Akrofi Christaller Institute for Technology, Missions and Culture), Akropong Akuapem from Sept. 1990 – Nov. 1995. During this period, he was responsible for the training and orientation programs for catechists, lay leaders and ministerial probationers. Prof. Omenyo was appointed Lecturer in the Department for the Study of Religions, University of Ghana in October 1995. He was promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer in 2001, Associate Professor in 2006 and Full Professor in 2013. Prof. Omenyo was appointed Professor Extraordinary by the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, for an initial period of three years (1st October 2015 to 30th September 2018).
He has successfully supervised several PhDs and numerous M.Phil/M.A. theses. He has more than 56 scholarly works including three books to his credit. Prof. Omenyo has served as External Examiner at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton; University of Utrecht, the Netherlands; University of Western Cape, South Africa, University of South Africa (UNISA); Akrofi Christaller Institute; University of Wales, UK; KNUST and UCC. He is an assessor for the American Council of Learned Societies’ African Humanities Programme. He has held several guest professorships including the following universities: Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana (September 2008 – August 2009); Central and Eastern European Institute for Mission studies (CIMS) and Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Budapest, Hungary (2008), and University of Basel, Switzerland (November 2015). He was the Occupant of John A. Mackay Chair of World Christianity, Princeton (September 2007 – May 2008). For more than half of his 21-year service at the University of Ghana, Prof. Omenyo held senior administrative positions including Master of Akuafo Hall (four years); Vice Dean and later Dean, Faculty of Arts (five years). Currently, he is the founding Provost, College of Education, University of Ghana, and since October 2016, he has doubled as the Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Development. He has served on a wide range of boards and committees including the following: Member, Senior Management Team; Member, Business and Executive Committee; Member, Academic Board; Chairman, Joint Examiners’ Board; Member, Promotion Guidelines for Academic Staff Committee; Member, PhD Technical Committee; Member, Residence Board; Chairman, Committee of Heads of Halls; Ag. Chairman, Chaplaincy Board; Member, Graduate Board; and Member, Advisory Board, International Programmes.
He is a member of various national and international scholarly associations and societies, including the International Association of Mission Theologians (IAMS), Society for Pentecostal Studies, USA; and the African Association for Study of Religions, and the German Association of Mission Theologians. He serves on many international academic boards and committees, including membership on the International Academic Advisory Board, Exchange: Journal of Missiological and Ecumenical Research (published by Brill), and member of the Editorial Board of Verbum et Ecclesia published by the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He is Chairman of the Management Board of the Legon Theological Series that publishes theses and major works in theology on Africa. He served on international Reformed-Pentecostal Dialogue, Geneva for ten years and is currently a member of the ongoing World Council of Churches – Pentecostal Consultation. On the local front, he serves on the following councils: Council of Kibi College of Education (Chairman) Council of Trinity Theological Seminary (Member) Pentecost University College Council (Member) Ghana Examinations Committee of the West Africa Examinations Council (Member); and Methodist University College Council (Representative of the University of Ghana)
Rev. Prof. Cephas Omenyo enjoys pastoral ministry, his first love. Consequently, he has consistently kept one leg in the academy and the other in the church. He has served in the following capacities in the PCG:
Assistant Minister, PCG, Tamale Urban District, Tamale, Northern Mission Field. Sept 1985-1987
Chaplain to the Protestant Students, Education Ridge Schools, Tamale. Sept 1985-1987 Ag.
Minister-in-charge, PCG, Covenant Congregation, Dzorwulu, Accra. Jan. 1988 – June 1988
Associate Minister, Trinity United Church, Legon. Sept. 1989 – July 1990
Associate Minister, PCG, Emmanuel Congregation, Madina. March1996 – Dec. 1998
Minister-in-charge, PCG, Victory Congregation, Frafraha. Jan 1998 - August 2008
Minister-in-charge, PCG, Grace Congregation, West Legon. Jan 2013 – Nov. 2016
Other services he has rendered in the PCG include the following:
Member, Committee on Church & Society, PCG, 2005-2008
Member, Worship Committee, PCG, 2005-2008
Member, Constitution Review Committee of the PCG, 2007-2008
Member, Literature Committee of the Bible Study & Prayer Group, 1992 – 1999
Facilitator, Leadership Training for BSPG leaders, 1992 – 1999
Member, Education Sub Committee National Youth Council of the PCG, 1992 -1998
Recorder at Synod/General Assembly of the PCG, 1987-2004
Chief Recorder at General Assembly, 2004 – 2006
Secretary, Ministers Conference, Northern Mission Field (Northern Presbytery) 1985 – 1987
Member, Editorial Committee, History of the PCG Project, 1998-1998
Technical Committee to Review the Constitution of PCG, 2015-2016
Prof. Omenyo has been involved in several international and ecumenical projects and engagements including
Keynote speaker, 200th International Symposium, Basel Mission, 1925-2015 (November, 2015);
Guest Speaker, Synod of the Protestant Church in Baden, Germany (24th April, 2010) and African Representative, 14-member International Joint Consultative Group between World Council of Churches and Pentecostal Churches (meets annually) since 2007.
Rt. Rev. Prof. Cephas Narh Omenyo enjoys listening to Classical and choral music, watching football matches and gardening. He is married to Rosekel, a professional teacher and a professional librarian. They are blessed with two sons, Cephas Tettey, a lawyer and Andrew Tetteh, a final year MBA student at the University of Ghana and a daughter, Anna Tetteki, currently in lower sixth form.