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About Rev. John Hammond

http://www.stjamesmv.org/Our_Community/Holy_Trinity_M...

Getting to Know Rev. John Hammond - Co-Founding Minister
I was born to peasant farmers in a remote village of Central Region of Ghana called Krofu. My uncle by name, Euchill and a philanthropic organist of Tarkwa Methodist Church
named, Dantsil took responsibilities for my education in view of financial problems encountered by my parents. Though my parents weren’t Christians, my call to Christ was at a
very tender age. I can’t give actual descriptions of how it happened but I can sense the Jeremiah type of call.
As young boys of the village, we slept at the fore front of the local Methodist church. At dawn of each first Sunday of the month, an old man of the church by name Morgan held a
lantern in his hand singing praises to God. He usually ended the praises with a call for repentance because the kingdom of God is near, as recorded in Mark 1-15.
This call awakened some instincts in me to surrender to God with attendance to early morning, evening and divine services on Sundays. There was no children ministry in the
church so my own love for singing drew me to the local singing band which served as the churches choir on Sundays and mid week services. After high school, I worked with the
Ministry of Education as a teacher and later with the Ministry of Economic Planning in charge of birth and death registration. I met Sister Mercy, my wife with whom I have six
children, in 1973.
I never left my commitment to the work of God as I transfer from one station to another. I met Rev. Acquaah and Twum-Baah. Both served as Superintendent Ministers of Sefwi
Bekwai Methodist Church in the western region of Ghana. I owe my view of Christianity to them. I was made to start a local choir in the church and promoted to assistance lay
leader in charge of confirmation classes. I was always on wheels with these ministers on their pastoral tour to the rural churches serving as a liturgist.
My love for Gods work kindled so I offered to be candidated into the ministry. I entered the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon in Ghana from 1974-78. I have since served in
Ghana Methodist Church in Cape Coast, Kumasi and Accra. It was at Winneba as a Superintendent Minster that the church laid its hand on me for missionary assignments to
Ghanaian Methodist immigrants in the US especially those in Washington Metropolis. I arrived in 2002 and my wife and two of my kids joined me in 2003. It has not been easy
working among people whose only family is the church. Despite, the Lord in His mercies makes it possible for us to go over almost every hurdle that comes our way.
The decision by St. James’ Episcopal Church to grant out infant church a place to worship is one of the miracles the Lord continues to demonstrate to us as we wait for Him in
prayers. It was wonderful for us to hear from the pastor and members of St. James’ that our presence was an answer to their prayers. See, we still serve the God of Elijah and
Joshua. No matter how long it takes, God continues to answer the prayers of His faithful ones. On behalf of the Ghana Resurrection Methodist Church, I wish to express my
profound thanks and gratitude to all members of the St. James’ for the way they have demonstrated Christianity to us. God is not too much concerned with what we know then
what we do. Thanks!

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