The Reverend Kwamena D. Amos
The Reverend Kwamena D. Amos
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Kwamena D. Amos, 81, who died on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Rev. Kwamena Dondorful Amos was born on August 3, 1940, to Madam Comfort Edwine Aacht and Mr. Matthew Kow French.
Rev. Amos started his early education at Shama Methodist primary and middle schools, in the Western Region of Ghana. He attended Osei Tutu Teacher Training College in Kumasi, Ghana, following which he taught for several years before enrolling in Trinity Theological Seminary in Legon, Accra, Ghana. After many years in the ministry, he was awarded a scholarship to study at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT in 1980. At Yale, he earned a Master of Divinity degree, followed by a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Fordham University in New York.
Rev. Amos was the first Methodist minister to be posted to Brodekwano and the churches in the villages surrounding Lake Bosomtwe. He assisted doctors in taking care of the sick and turned the mission house (parsonage) in Brodekwano into the first Methodist clinic in the area. After four years he was transferred to Prestea and surrounding villages, where he ministered successfully for two years before he was transferred to Abura Dunkwa as superintendent minister responsible for other villages in the area. Here, Kwamena also established a school, now known as Aburaman Senior High. After two years he took leave to further his studies in the United States.
After completing his studies at Yale, Rev. Amos received his first appointment in the U.S. from the New York Annual Conference, at Shaw Methodist Chapel in Harlem. He faithfully served this community for one year before he was appointed as a full-time minister to Wesley UMC in the Hill neighborhood of New Haven, CT, in 1985.
Upon arriving at Wesley, Rev. Amos found an aging congregation resistant to receiving a black pastor and opening the church doors to the predominantly black and Latino community in which the church was situated. Undeterred by drugs and violence in the community, Rev. Amos ventured out to spread the gospel in a community in dire need of the Word. Slowly but surely, he began to build the fledgling congregation. He focused on community outreach and evangelized throughout the entire Hill community and beyond. Working with a few congregants, he established a food pantry and thrift shop to serve the community. Soon the church began to grow into a multicultural congregation that welcomed everyone regardless of race, color or creed.
Rev. Amos was well known for his riveting sermons and kindness to newcomers. With the support of his wife and family, he remained steadfast in his faith and commitment to serve Wesley UMC despite the church’s lack of resources and through a challenging rehabilitation after he suffered a stroke. In 2003, after serving Wesley for 18 years, he and his wife decided to relocate back home in Ghana.
Throughout his ups and downs in ministry one of his favorite songs was: Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God; Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to depend upon God’s word. (Andrae Crouch, 1971)
Rev. Amos is survived by his wife, Cecilia Hayford, whom he met when he was a teacher. They married on December 26, 1965. They raised six children: Kobina Ebo (blessed memory), Ekow Aacht, Papa Amos, Papa Penny, Nana Ababa and Nana Gyekye. They are blessed with seven grandchildren and one great grandchild. The couple opened their home and helped to raise a host of other children, including sister Nana Yaa, Sister Mansa, Sister Kukuah, Amos Boham, and Kwame Nkrumah of Brodekwanao.
A memorial service will be held in his honor on June 18, 2022 at 11:00am at First & Wesley United Methodist Church, 89 Center Street, West Haven, CT 06516.