Josh Heikkila, regional liaison for West Africa (Ghana, Niger, Nigeria and Togo)
Learn more about the work of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Ghana.
In 1957, Ghana became the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to gain independence from a colonial power. Since achieving independence, Ghana has experienced two coups and military rule, but a democratic government was established in 1992. Today some observers consider Ghana a model for economic and political reform in Africa. Ghana’s economic growth rate in recent years has placed it among the 25 fastest growing economies in the world. However, even with such rapid growth, widespread poverty continues to be a problem. Ghana’s annual per capita gross domestic product is only $3,300, which ranks it 173rd out of 229 countries. An estimated 70 percent of the people are Christian and another 17 percent are Muslim. Other Ghanaians adhere to traditional faiths or practice no religion. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) works in partnership with the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and the Christian Council of Ghana. Several PC(USA) congregations and presbyteries have partnerships with congregations and presbyteries in Ghana.
regional liaison for the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan)
Josh is the PC(USA)’s regional liaison for West Africa, where he facilitates partner relationships, implements regional strategies, and supports the work of other mission personnel. “When we strive to live together as brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, our faith is deepened and strengthened, despite our cultural differences, and we become better disciples of Jesus Christ,” Josh says. He works with partner churches in Ghana, Niger, Nigeria, and Togo. Home presbytery: Twin Cities; Learn more
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As a research fellow at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture (ACI) in Ghana, Ingrid is combining her PhD skills and training with her five years’ experience in South Sudan working with Across, a PC(USA) global partner, to pursue research and teaching. This permits her to contribute to the development of Christianity and Christians in the fundamentally primal cultures of South Sudan’s cattle-keeping communities. She also participates in and strengthens the research and training activities of ACI on Christian mission with a view to foster more South-to-South relationships between ACI and the Church in South Sudan, as well as more South-to-West relationships between ACI and the church in the West. Shiloh Christian Fellowship, Oakland, CA; Learn more
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