Background digging of the outgoing Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) by The Herald, has revealed he is not a professor by dint of any serious academic work, but a kind of suspicious arrangements made for him by his peers in the Presbyterian Church, through the Trinity Theological Seminary at Mempeasem near Legon in Accra.
Reverend Emmanuel Martey’s field, has been in the area of the study of the nature of God and religious belief.
Although, the controversial Moderator of the Presby Church, according to his CV, specialized in what is called “Systematic theology”, there is still doubt over how he obtained his full professor status and which institution awarded him the qualification.
“Systematic theology” is a discipline of Christian theology that formulates an orderly, rational, and coherent account of the doctrines of the Christian faith. Its sub disciplines are dogmatics, ethics and philosophy of religion. But many are asking whether he wrote and defended any paper on the subject to acquire the titled “Professor”, church has become part of his name.
According to Reverend Martey’s CV, in the year 2000, he was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Systematic Theology; The First of its kind in the History of the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon.
Seven years (2007) later, he was promoted to the rank of Full Professor of Systematic Theology; the First at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon.
Strangely, however, Systematic theology, read at the Trinity Theological Seminary also called Trinity College Ghana, is a certificate programme not requiring a cumbersome process of thesis and its defense before a panel of the top-level academicians, thus making Rev. Martey’s “professor” title a mystery.
Trinity Theological Seminary, according to its website “offers a wide range of courses to suit the growing needs to the Christian churches in Ghana on fee-paying basis. A strong secondary education is all that is required for all the programmes except the Masters program which requires a theological degree.
It, however, runs Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Master of Theology (MTh) programmes. The Master of Theology (MTh) is a postgraduate research programme designed for those who wish to do higher theological work beyond the basic degree of BTh or MDiv. It is a two (2) year programme. It also runs Master of Arts in Ministry (MAM) and Master of Divinity (MDiv).
There are undergraduate programme in Bachelor of Theology (BTh), Certificate Course in Transformational Urban Leadership (CTUL), Diploma in Theology (Modular) is a two-year. There is also Certificate in Ministry (CIM) but an undergraduate professional degree.
The Teshie-born Rev. Martey, has been in the news for collecting US$100, 000 and 4-wheel Toyota Land Cruiser from a flagbearer of an opposition political party to lead attacks on the John Mahama government under the guise of a voice of God.
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) at its 10th meeting held at Takoradi from August 6 to 12, 2010, elected Reverend Professor Martey, as its new Moderator to succeed Right Reverend, Dr. Yaw Frimpong-Manso.
A statement issued in Accra and signed by Emmanuel Osei Akyeampong, the then Public Relations Officer of PCG, said the Moderator-elect, was to officially assumed office on December 1, 2010. Attached to the statement was the Curriculum Vitae of the Moderator stating emphatically stated he was a “Full Professor of Systematic Theology”.
The same PRO, was later to reveal how the Moderator collected money and a car from a politician suspected to be Nana Akufo-Addo, to serve as government critic for the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Rev. Martey’s date of birth was given as July 22, 1949. He commissioned on June 25, 1978 and was ordained on June 15, 1980. He is married to Nana Ofosua, with two children.
Below are details of his CV as put out in 2010 by the Presbyterian church……..
1. Academic Qualifications At University/Seminary Level
Ph.D (1992) Union Theological Seminary, New York City, USA
M.Phil (1990) Union Theological Seminary, New York, City, USA (Systematic Theology)
M.Th (1986) University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (Systematic Theology)
Cert-In-Xn-Educ (1985) University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (Christian Education)
Dip.Th (1978). University of Ghana, Legon [External for Trinity College Students]. (Theology )
2. Education At University/Seminary Level
1986-1992: Union Theological Seminary, New York City, USA
1988-1989: Teachers’ College, Columbia University, New York City, USA
1988-1989: City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Centre, New York, USA.
1984-1986: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.
1975-1978: Trinity College, Legon, Ghana
3. Teaching Experience At University/Seminary Level
1992-Present: Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon Ghana
1998-2002: Department For the Study of Religions, University of Ghana, Legon
1999-2004: Central University College, Accra
2000-2002: Dominion University College
2002-2006: Maranatha Bible College (External Examiner)
1989-1991: Union Theological Seminary, New York City, USA
1988-1989: Maryknoll Mission Institute, Maryknoll, New York, USA
1988: Maryknoll School of Theology, Maryknoll, New York, USA
1983-1984: Good News Bible Institute (Now, Good News Theological College and Seminary)
5. Academic Publications
He has come out with Thirty-three (33) publications including books and academic articles in reputable journals throughout the world some of which have been translated into Portuguese and Spanish.
6. Academic Awards at University/Seminary Level
1. THE DANIEL DAY FELLOWSHIP AWARD (1990): Awarded by Union Theological Seminary, New York City, USA to Student in the UTS Doctoral Programme with an outstanding work in Theology.
2. THE WATERBECK PRIZE (1985) Awarded by the University of Edinburgh, Faculty of Divinity, Scotland, UK for doing an excellent work in Systematic Theology.
7. Academic Promotions
2000: Promoted to the rank of Associate Professor of Systematic Theology; The First of its kind in the History of the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon.
2007: Promoted to the rank of Full Professor of Systematic Theology; the First at the Trinity Theological Seminary, Legon.
6. SERVING ON ACADEMIC BOARDS
Board Chairman: Dominion University College Board of Governors [2005-2009]
Board Member: Regent University College of Science and Technology Council [2004-2009]
Chairman, Academic Board, Good News Theological College and
Seminary [Since 2003]
Board Member. Good News Theological College and Seminary Board of Governors [Since 2000]
Chairman: National Committee on Basic and Secondary Schools (Since 2009)
Member: Ghana Education Service (GES) Council (Since 2009)
Member: Presbyterian Senior High School (PRESEC), Legon (Since 2008)
Member: Presbyterian Senior High School (PRESEC), Teshie(Since 2010)
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES, CONSULTATIONS etc. (Outside Ghana)
He has attended numerous International Conferences in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America- presenting Academic Papers and facilitating seminars and workshops.
He has worked for the World Council of Churches (WCC); the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and other global Ecumenical and Theological associations and bodies.
SOME CONTRIBUTIONS TO CHURCH AND SOCIETY etc.
Chairman Ga Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (Since 2007)
Member Board of Directors, Christian Council of Ghana Mutual Fund(Called Christian Community Mutual Fund Limited (Since 2009)
President Ghana Blue Cross Society (Since 2009)
Vice President, Ecumenical Association of Third World Theologians (EATWOT), Comprising leading theologians from Africa, Asia, Latin America and among Minorities in the USA. [Since 2006]
Member, Board of Governors, Asempa Publishers [Since 2006]
Theological Consultant, African Partnership Consultation (APC) to develop an African
Roaming Theological Faculty to Build Capacity of Pastors and Lay people in Africa.[Since 2006]
Chairman, Christian Messenger Editorial Board [Since 2006]
Chairman, National Bible Ministries Committee of the Scripture Union (SU)
Ghana [Since 2006]
Member National Council of Scripture Union, Ghana (Since 2006)
Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Ghana Prisons Ministry [2005-2008]
Chairman, Committee on Specialized Ministries of the Presbyterian Church of
Secretary, Committee on Ministry: Training, Scholarship and Counseling of
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana [2003-2007]
Executive Secretary, Conference of African Theological Institutions (CATI.For all Theological Institutions & Departments for the Study of Religions in Secular Universities in Africa [2003-2010]
Chairman, National Council, Bible Society of Ghana [1999-2006]
Chairman, West African Association of Theological Institutions (WAATI) For all Theological Institutions & Departments of Religious Studies in West Africa [2000-2004]
Chairman, National Ministers’ Conference of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana [2002-2007]
Secretary-General West African Association of Theological Institutions (WAATI) For all Theological Institutions and Department of Religions in Africa [1998-2000]
Chairman, Christian Education Committee, Ga Presbytery of the Presbyterian
Church of Ghana [1999-2004]
Chairman, Church and Society Committee, Ga Presbytery of the Presbyterian
Church of Ghana [1994-1999]
Resource Person, For Ghana’s National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)
Essay Competition for the Presidential Award at the 40th
Anniversary Celebration of Ghana’s Independence at the Independence Square on 6th March, 1997.
Board Member, Ramseyer Training Centre, Abetifi-Kwahu [1997-2005]
Secretary, Ga Presbytery Pastors’ Conference Presbyterian Church of Ghana [1980-1984]
Vice President National Council, Boys’ Brigade, Ghana (1981-1984)
Member National Counci, Girls’ Brigade, Ghana (1982-1984)
Tutor Ramseyer Training Centre, Abetifi-Kwahu (1978-1980)
Chairman Education Committee, Kwahu Presbytery (1979-1980)
Youth Worker, Ga Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana [1981-1984]
Minister-In-Charge Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Prince of Peace Congregation Tema Community 912′ [1980-1984]
Associate Pastor, Parish of Saint Gregory the Great, Brooklyn, New York City, USA [1989-1992]
District Minister, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Kaneshie Congregation [1992-1994]
Minister-in-Charge, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Paolo Mohenu Congregation, Teshie Aboma [1995-1997]
Minister-in-Charge, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Gethsemane Congregation Achimota [1998-1999]
Minister-in-Charge, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Asylum Down Congregation, Accra [1999-2000]
Minister-in-Charge, Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Tesaa-Adjiringanor Congregation, Teshie District .
More to come!