The Rev. Emmanuel Kwadwo Ofori was born and raised in a small town, Akomadan, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He earned his Diploma in Biblical Studies from Christian Service College in 1991 and a Diploma in Theology (with emphasis on Systematic Theology and History of the Early Church) from University of Ghana, Legon in 1991. He pursued further training at Trinity Theological Seminary, Accra from where he obtained his Licentiate or Testamur in 1992. He was ordained and received into full connexion of the Methodist Church, Ghana in 1992 and he received his BA in Psychology and the Study of Religions from the University of Ghana in 1996.
In 1998, Rev. Ofori travelled to Toronto to pursue further studies at Trinity College in the Toronto School of Theology (TST) at the University of Toronto. He completed a Master of Arts degree in Theology in 2001 and is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology at Emmanuel College, TST.
Rev. Ofori has pastoral and administrative experience both in Ghana, where he was the Evangelism Coordinator of the Methodist Church of Ghana and served in solo and team ministries, and in Canada, where he pastored the Ghana Methodist Church of Toronto, the Ghana Calvary Methodist United Church, Toronto and later Faith Centennial United Church, Selkirk-Ontario. He has served in various capacities within the United Church of Canada and was among those celebrating when the United Church 39th General Council committed the United Church to becoming intercultural. Rev. Ofori was chair of the United Church Ethnic Ministries Committee that authored “A Transformative Vision,” the 2006 report on becoming an intercultural church.
Currently, he is a member of the Executive of General Council, Communities in Ministry Unit-wide Committee, and the Task Force on Intercultural Ministries. Rev. Ofori is passionate about using the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ to transform lives. “We have a need for transformation that welcomes everyone,” he notes, “in our congregations, in the denominations and in the society at large.”
Rev. Emmanuel Ofori is married to Hannah. They have four children, Samuel, Emmanuella, Grace and Stephen.