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CGC Loses its Longtime Financial Secretary-Reverend Abankwa

June 29, 2022, Chicago, Illinois: As reported yesterday, the Ghanaian community in Chicago has lost one of its illustrious members, Reverend Daniel Yaw Abankwa, at the Ascension Saint Joseph Hospital, Joliet, Illinois. He was 67.

In a message written on behalf of its President, Rev. Dr. Kofi Noonoo, and captioned, Longtime CGC Financial Secretary, Rev. Abankwa passes away, the council described their fallen hero as a gallant man, a faithful steward and a strong supporter of their mission. The message was posted on the CGC’s WhatsApp platform today, June 29, 2022.

The late Reverend Daniel Yaw Abankwa

We reproduce the full message by the CGC below:


The Council of Ghanaian Churches (CGC) announces the transition to eternity of Rev. Daniel Abankwa, Associate Pastor of the ACME Church in Chicago. He was also a long-time Financial Secretary of the CGC. He died yesterday at a hospital in Joliet, IL.

On behalf of the CGC,  President  Rev. Dr. Kofi-Noonoo paid a glorious tribute to Rev. Abankwa. “A gallant man has passed away,” he said.

“He was a faithful steward and strong supporter of the council’s mission.”

Dr. Noonoo recalled his devoted work for the Lord for many years as a Church of Pentecost member and later as a founding member of ACME Church.

He extended the council’s heartfelt condolences to the members of the bereaved family.

A gathering to mark the seven days of his passing will be held on July 9 at the ACME Church.

Rev. Abankwa, you will be sorely missed.

Fare Thee well, worthy brother.


Dr. Min. Nicholas O. Thompson

Secretary, Africa Resurrection and Restoration Ministries.

A prominent member of the CGC, Rev Dr. Mary Adufah also wrote:

From the Adufah family and Bread for life International Ministries.
Very sad to hear of your transition to glory. Rev.
You have been a wonderful Papa and have set a stage of a conquer. Won on every ground, both for your family, the Christendom, and the world at large.
A great experly Mentor,
A Counselor, a teacher, a person who is always ready to assist, and above all a person with few words but full of Wisdom.
You will always be missed.
You have left an indelible mark on us all. Thank you.
Though we sorrow not even as others who have no hope in the Lord
1 Thes 4:13-17.
Our condolence to the bereaved families and the church at large. Our prayers for strength, comfort, and peace be Jesus name.
Rest in His Arms of Peace
Life well lived.

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