A married Ghanian pastor has recently left his church after reportedly simultaneously impregnating three members of the congregation.
London-based Pastor Kwaku Antwi-Kusi Jr. of Family Praise Ministries is suspected to have had sex with several members of his congregation, according to a report published on Ghana Nation.
Pastor Antwi-Kusi, 31, was originally a gospel singer, and released the album Bless the Lord in 2009. He then decided to found a church to fulfill what he saw as God’s call to service, it was reported.
Since his alleged sexual misdoings have surfaced, the church has been closed and Antwi-Kusi has absconded from his leading role. Antwi-Kusi has already fathered two children with a different congregation member, according to Ghana Nation.
The issue of pastors being accused of carrying on extramarital affairs with women in their congregation is not new to the Christian church.
In March 2006, leading Pastor of Christ Redeem Prayer Camp in Ghana, Pastor Joshua Akonnor, was arrested for allegedly impregnating a 14-year-old student of the Junior Secondary School.
Similarly, in late November 2011, married pastor Edwin Masango of Chegutu, Zimbabwe, was dismissed from his pastoral duties for allegedly impregnating a member of his congregation.
Wayne Reynolds, Pastor of Independence Baptist Church, argues that adulterous pastors should not be restored because, although Christianity preaches the importance of forgiveness, “there is a difference between forgiveness and trust.”
“The position of the minister is supposed to be an example to the believers,” Pastor Reynolds said in a speech to his congregation in 1995.
According to Modern Ghana, Ghanian President John Atta Mills expressed his concerns for immoral pastors in a speech made on his behalf at the State of the Church Symposium 2011 in Accra, Ghana.
President Mills put the responsibility into the hands of the Ghana government, arguing that the government must use their power to protect the people from false prophets.
He also said that clergies must practice self-regulation, and be observant of those who may use their power to employ a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” tactic.