Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral Project, has been throwing shades to Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, Founder of Lighthouse Chapel International, and claiming that no member of the Board of Trustees can always have his preferences, methods, or approaches accepted by other members of the Board of Trustees. This has caused a fight to break out among the board of trustees of the National Cathedral project.
Apostle Opoku Onyinah, in a statement responding to claims raised by Bishop Heward-Mills in his resignation letter, explained that both the architect and the land, which will serve as the site for the National Cathedral, had already been selected by President Akufo-Addo before the appointment of the Trustees. This was done before the appointment of the trustees.
Apostle Opoku Onyinah also explained that the costing for the project and the selection of the contractors for the project were led by the project’s lead consultants as well as a technical committee, which was officially commissioned by the Board of Trustees and included experienced Ghanaian professionals.
Apostle Opoku Onyinah also explained that the selection of the contractors for the project was led by a technical committee, which was officially commissioned by the Board of Trustees.
The statement was released a few days after Bishop Heward-Mills submitted his resignation letter, in which he alleged that the leadership of the National Cathedral ignored concerns he raised in several letters he wrote to them regarding the costs, the design, the location, the fundraising, the mobilization of the churches, and the role of the trustees in the construction of the National Cathedral.
He raised these concerns over the costs, the design, the location, the fundraising, the mobilization of the churches, and the role of the trustees.
In addition to this, he believed that it was not obvious what role the state and the church would play in the initiative.
“Because of this lack of clarity, our vision does not have the credibility that it requires.” I have repeatedly requested that we address this issue properly and as soon as possible because there are numerous serious consequences that could befall the trustees and those working on this project.
However, the secretariat stated that a number of the issues raised in the letter have already been clarified during a visit to the office of Bishop Dag Heward-Mills on August 23rd, 2022, by a delegation led by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Apostle Opoku Onyinah, as well as in a letter dated October 15, 2022, acknowledging the letter of resignation. Both of these events took place on the same day.
The statement that was made by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Cathedral may be found attached here.
According to the Board, the members of the Board are leaders of churches that not only have profound disagreements on matters of doctrine but also have diverse perspectives on and strategies for advancing the construction of the National Cathedral.
The Board of Directors said in a statement that the difficulty of such a group is that individual leaders, who have a track record of implementing their own organizational or denominational programs and visions, are required to be a part of a collective decision-making process in which their preferences may not always prevail. The board of directors made this statement.
“What this implies, more specifically, is that no single leader can have all of their preferences, tactics, and ideas adopted.” “In this altered and unfamiliar situation, there are others who feel it would be best to withdraw from trusteeship,” the statement added.