Rev. Canon Prof. John Samuel Pobee. Photo: Catherine Alt/WCC, 1998

WCC joins tribute to Rev. Canon Prof. John Samuel Pobee

The World Council of Churches (WCC) fellowship joins the family and friends of Prof. John Samuel Pobee in celebrating his life and ministry and grieving his death on 22 January.

Pobee, was born in Cape Coast, Ghana. He was a New Testament scholar, theologian, writer, mentor, educator, ecumenist and missiologist who was ordained as an Anglican priest and canon in 1988. Born on 9 July 1937 of an educationist family and a descendant of Rev. Phillip Quaque, the first African ever to be ordained in the Church of England (Anglican) on his mother’s side, Pobee was educated in Ghana, taking his doctorate in 1966 at University of Cambridge. He taught religion and theology at the University of Ghana, becoming a professor in 1981 and professor emeritus in 2000.

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