Accra, Aug. 2, GNA – The Pentecost University College (PUC) Council in consultation with the Executive Council of the Church of Pentecost has inducted into office Apostle Dr Daniel Okyere Walker, as the Rector of the University with effect from August 1, 2016.
He takes over from Apostle Dr Peter Ohene-Kyei who has just completed serving his eight year tenure.
In his acceptance speech, Apostle Dr Walker, commended Apostle Dr Ohene-Kyei for his dedication and service to PUC, and expressed gratitude to the Executive Council of the Church of Pentecost and the College Council for entrusting him with the responsibility.
He said the PUC has positioned itself to become a model Christian University in the sub-region and beyond.
He said PUC has a vision to be a distinguished research oriented Christian University known for excellence in science and technology education and scholarship.
Apostle Dr Walker said aside investing in disability friendly state of the art campus and infrastructure at the Accra City Centre and developing the Oyibi Campus, PUC would also
promote academic excellence in teaching, learning, governance research and scholarship.
Apostle Dr Walker said PUC would ensure that its research output benefits society, adding that “we will therefore work closely with our community and seek to promote the standard of living with our research output”.
The Rector said PUC seeks to offer education with a difference, and so it would embed Christian values across all courses, programmes and activities.
He said they would focus on developing the four dimensions of humankind; the soul, the heart, mind, and the body.
He said they would need the Executive Council of the Church of Pentecost to promote the University and bring out ideas that would make PUC achieve its dream.
He said management, staff and students also have a part to play and expressed the hope that all would shake up for the task ahead.
“May I now charge the PUC family to move away from apathy to interest and from interest to knowledge then from knowledge to understanding and finally from understanding to action; it is my prayer that God will lead us even beyond our expectation”, he said.
A biography of the New Rector shows that he was born on April 11, 1959 at Kadjebi in the Volta Region and had his basic education in the Volta Region and later joined Suhum
Secondary Technical for his General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary Level and also the Assemblies of God Senior High School in Monrovia, Liberia where he completed his
GCE Advance Level.
He holds Bachelor of Arts in Geography/ Economics from the University of Liberia (1985) and concurrently worked as a Teaching Assistant with the Department of Geography,
University of Liberia, whilst he pursued his Master of Science (MSc) Regional Planning at the same University.
He also holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom of Great Britain.
Apostle Dr Walker was called into full time ministry of the Church of Pentecost in the year 1993 and was called to the office of an Apostle in the year 2015.
He has served the Church in several ways in various jurisdictions in Ghana, Liberia, and the United Kingdom; and is currently a member of the legislature committee of the Church.
He is also a Board Member of Pentecost Theological Seminary, Area Executive Member, Kaneshie; and Resident Pastor Pentecost International Worship Centre, Kaneshie, Accra.
Prior to his appointment, he served as the Dean of Students of PUC from (August 2011 to date).
In addition to lecturing at PUC, he also served as Dean for Pentecost Bible College (2003 to 2004).
He was again the Head of Department of Church History and Mission for PUC (2004 to 2005).
Apostle Dr Walker served as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Pentecost Theological Seminary, Accra, and Visiting Lecturer at the Leadership Training Institute, Leominster, Massachusetts, United States of America.