Bishop Kofi Adonteng-Boateng of Divine Word International Ministries (DWIM) became an international Police Chaplain in the United States (US) when he completed the required certification to acquire that status with studies at CELA University International Police Chaplain Ministry in Miami, Florida. The occasion was on September 10, 2017.
Pastor Daisy Perez of Fountain Salvation International Ministry and CELA University flew into Springfield, Virginia, to personally present Bishop Adonteng-Boateng’s certificate of graduation to him in his church and in the presence of some members of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD).
The Bishop wanted to share this joy with FCPD was joined by his wife, senior members of his congregation and police officers Lt Tim Forrest, Master Police Officer (MPO) Allie Eggers, Pfc Kenneth, Pfc Marcel Ngobeh, Pfc Deborah Lucero and 2nd Lt Dan Pang respectfully of FCPD. Also present was Apostle Doodu of Maryland and his wife.
During the presentation of the certificate and badge, Pastor Perez who was accompanied by her daughter Sefora thanked the Bishop for his wonderful works and prayed that he continues to be blessed by God so his work in the community flourishes. The Bishop in turn “thanked the pastor for defying the bad weather at the time in Florida to travel to Virginia to bestow such an honor, and for the patience of the police officers invited.“
Officers of the FCPD who had earlier on joined the bishop’s congregation in a praise and worship session expressed their appreciation to the audience, they also encouraged individuals in general and persons in the immigrant community to not be afraid of the police because they are there to serve and protect and are very empathetic.
By this recognition, the Bishop thus becomes eligible to join the American Police Chaplains Association. He said after the event that “this is yet another opportunity to spread the work and word of Christ. I am very humbled and look forward to serving the police and hopefully the military for I have always dedicated my life to the service of Christ.”
Police Chaplains provide pastoral, spiritual and emotional support for service personnel. They also officiate religious services when invited to by the police. They are given a police badge similar to that of a regular police, today, however, they are noncombatant.
Bishop Kofi Adonteng-Boateng was ordained Bishop in the US in 2012. His DWIM is headquartered at 6715 A Electronic Drive in Springfield, Virginia with branches all over the US and his home country of Ghana. To learn more visit www.divinewordint.org