Pastor Joseph Gyebi
Not a lot of people are willing to live a life devoted to soul-saving. I had to write this story because of the inspirational values of the principal character. It is a testimonial to convince us that there is still hope in humanity.
Pastor Joseph Gyebi was led to salvation by his mother on a fine April Saturday in ’89. Since then, his passion to see others receive salvation has grown. This passion led him into music and he started singing in his final year at Mfantsipim School and he hasn’t stopped singing the Lord’s song with much zeal and spiritual fervour ever since.
What makes Pastor Joseph Gyebi an inspirational figure is however his passion for rural communities and slums. Pastor Joseph Gyebi headed “the family care mission” of the Covenant Family Community Church (where he serves as associate pastor). During this period the jovial minister was assigned to Sodom and Gomorrah, an Agbogbloshie squatter settlement (slum), where he continued ministering to some of the lowest in our society, drug and alcohol addicts, prostitutes, street children, orphans, hustlers, etc.
With the aim to transform their lives through the message of the cross and many other interventions he put in place, Pastor Joseph Gyebi and his team were able to disciple over 200 souls with the gospel while providing them with material relief, education and other basic amenities.
Pastor Joseph Gyebi has also taken the gospel in the form of indigenous music to Chereponi in the Northern Region and other parts of Ghana.
His passion for music gave birth to “Da Project”, a precursor to the outstanding ministries of Nii Okai, KODA, Aida Graciella, etc. Da Project is famous for their outstanding single, Let Us Reconcile, funded by the National Reconciliation Commission and adopted by a number of TV stations as their official peace song.
Pastor Joseph Gyebi however felt a calling to lead the world to the cross through songs. This calling gave birth to his debut solo album, “Songs of the Cross”.
His ministry is however not just about lifting the lowest in society, but also the name of God. In most of his songs, including “I’m in love” and the more recent “Yesore Wo”, the minister of the gospel praises God and speaks of His astounding goodness.
“Yesore Wo is a song that gives God deserving appellations and celebrates his attributes. It was only right that we shot a video that depicted His handiworks,” Pastor Gyebi said when asked about the video.
This video comes at a time Ghanaian gospel music has been criticised due to perceived laziness on the part of its forerunners. A national music awards scheme having been scrapped, the “Gospel Album’’ category and only two gospel musicians get nominations in major categories now. This has put a lot of pressure on gospel musicians to step up their game. The problem is probably the inability of gospel artistes to find a bridge between evangelisation and entertainment and their inability to satisfy their old and young fans simultaneously.
This is a conundrum Pastor Joseph Gyebi defies in “Yesore Wo”, which was produced by Koda (another gospel musician of high repute). The blending of percussions, horns, keys and strings makes it impossible to restrain your feet.
“I was inspired by the Word. The aim was to create a sound that would lift God’s name and also give the congregation a tune they can put on repeat,” said the man of God.
He urged all gospel artistes to be courageous and accept the challenge they have been saddled with.
“We are not just making music; we are making a path and building hope. What we do goes beyond profession or hobby; it’s a calling and we ought to treat it with such regard (sic).”
By Emmanuel Oscar Ugoh