Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Awudi, a lecturer at Pentecost University, distinguished himself as the top PhD graduate at the 17th graduation ceremony of the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission, and Culture (ACITMC). The ceremony took place on Saturday December 2, 2023 on the ACITMC campus in Akropong.
Dr. Awudi’s thesis, titled “Beyond Eco-Pneumatology: An Examination of Scripture with ‘Green Eyes’ and the Eco-Praxis of Indigenous African Churches towards the Development of an African Pentecostal Ecotheology,” earned him the accolade of overall best. According the academic, his motivation centred on crafting an ecotheology for African Pentecostals that transcends campaigns and clean-up exercises, evolving into an integrated lifestyle that truly foster environmental care. This aligns with his broader research focus on Pentecostalism and Ecology, Religion and Sustainable Development, and creation care.
In his valedictory speech, the PU academic and Minister of God with The Church of Pentecost expressed gratitude to the Church for sponsoring his PhD studies. He acknowledged the pivotal role played by various individuals and entities, including teachers, parents, siblings, uncles, mentors, friends, spouses, and, notably, the Church of Pentecost. He added that “I will be an ingrate if I do not mention my mentor, Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah, under whose tenure I and my colleague, Patrick Tetteh Kudadjie were selected and sponsored for higher theological education.
Both Rev. Dr. Awudi and Rev. Dr. Patrick Tetteh Kudadjie, faculty members at the Pentecost School of Theology and Mission of Pentecost University, celebrated their graduation together, marking a significant achievement for the Pentecost University community.