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Suffragan bishop named for Kumasi: The Church of England Newspaper, June 3, 2011 p 8. June 3, 2011

Posted by geoconger in Church of England Newspaper, Church of the Province of West Africa.

The West African House of Bishops at their March 2011 meeting in Conakry

First published in The Church of England Newspaper.

The Bishops of the Church of the Province of West Africa have appointed a suffragan bishop for the Diocese of Kumasi in Ghana. On May 22, the Rev. Canon Cyril Ben-Smith, the Vice-Dean of St Nicholas Theological Seminary in Cape Coast was consecrated at St. Cyprian’s Cathedral by Archbishop Justice Akrofi to serve as area bishop responsible for the Mapong and Kumawu regions of the growing diocese.

Dr. Ben-Smith earned a Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in 2009, and an M.Phil from the University of Cardiff, as well as a Licentiate in Theology from St Nicholas Seminary. At St. Nicholas, Dr. Ben-Smith taught courses in Comparative Religion and the Philosophy of Religion.

The preacher at Dr. Ben-Smith’s consecration, Bishop Thomas Dibo Elango of Cameroon, addressed the difficult social conditions facing West Africa. The bishop condemned the rise in alcohol abuse, prostitution, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, and sexual promiscuity—calling them signs of a society that had lost its way. Bishop Elango reminded the new bishop that his was a public calling, and that he should be a model of rectitude, holiness and moral strength for those under his charge.



1. Adeyinka O McAdewunmi - June 3, 2011

I hope these Bishops will be a shining light in Africa,by being faithful to the biblical percepts.God does not descriminate,nor plap favortism,and nation that does what is right is accepatable to him.He brings down one and set another one up!These African Bishops are well learned enogh to see where the western world is heading,when, they keep discounting biblical teaching.They dont have to travel that same road with them.God of Israeli featured in the bible,is God of all mankind!

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