A car gift to a former bishop named Kwame Yirenkyi Ampofo has been cancelled by the Lighthouse Chapel International (LCI) in Ghana. The car, a Chevrolet Tahoe, is the focus of a police inquiry after the former bishop was accused of car theft when he allegedly refused to give it up.
The car, which was previously owned by Adelaide Heward-Mills, the wife of the church’s founder, and was used by her from 2013 to 2016, according to a report published by myjoyonline.com, was given to Kwame Ampofo, an engineer by profession, as a gift in 2022 by the Healing Jesus denomination, a branch of Lighthouse Chapel.
Nevertheless, he later lost his job at the church as a consequence of a disagreement with the pastor.
In a letter dated July 4, 2023, written by Bishop Dr. Kofi Hene Asare, the chairperson of the bishop’s council, Lighthouse Chapel International resolved to cancel the car gift in reaction to his claimed assaults. According to the story, the letter was issued in retaliation for the bishop’s alleged insults following his departure. In the letter, which Ghbreakingnews.com was able to get, the church referred to earlier charity and praise bestowed upon Ampofo. The church voiced shock and outrage at Ampofo’s actions.
The church emphasised that it had not yet given the former bishop ownership of the car and that it had the right to alter its mind about the gift at any time. As a result, Lighthouse Chapel International declared that it would not give Ampofo possession of the car, and when he refused, they were taken to the police station to find the car’s true owner.
“… The church has the right to change its mind regarding whatever choice or purpose it has made. The church has changed its mind about giving you the car since we never officially transferred ownership to you and because we no longer intend to do so. Myjoyonline.com reported the bishop as saying, “We WILL NOT give you ownership of this car.
Based on internal reviews and guiding principles, the church fired Ampofo in December 2022. Ampofo, who had resigned from his previous position in 2006, had been the bishop in charge of the Nsawam region since 1995 and had dedicated his entire life to the church. He resigned the title of bishop after being fired, though, and used social media to refute what he believed to be untrue allegations made by notable bishops at Lighthouse Chapel.
Ampofo was informed of the cancellation of the car donation in January 2023 by Kweku Y. Pantsil, an attorney for Lighthouse Chapel. Ampofo’s description of the vehicle as a compensation package rather than a gift raised objections from the church, which led them to view the offer as being void.
Lighthouse Chapel tried to get the car back from Ampofo, but their efforts were fruitless, so they called the police to find out who should be the owner.