Emmanuel Appiah (’08): Ghana to Evangel, a dream achieved
March 11, 2009
Growing up in Mampong Ashanti, Ghana, Emmanuel Appiah dreamed of one day moving to America and graduating from Evangel University.
Appiah attended a local Assemblies of God church in a traditional Ghanaian community and was born again on June 1, 1980, through a personal prayer and fasting retreat. He became an avid reader of the AG magazine Today’s Pentecostal Evangel, where he often read about Evangel University.
Appiah met his goal to come to Evangel, attending in the early 1990s. But he had to leave with 14 hours remaining, due to life circumstances.
He subsequently earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in accounting from the University of Central Missouri, and is now a certified fraud examiner in financial forensics, working for the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C.
While Appiah has been very successful, he could not let go of what he called his “indomitable childhood dream” to finish his degree at Evangel University. In the fall of 2008, he contacted Evangel and asked what it would take to finish that degree. But there was a problem: a rule that required him to complete his final 10 hours at Evangel. At the time, Evangel offered no online courses that would fulfill the graduation requirements.
After much research and documentation, and in light of his academic and professional accomplishments, Evangel agreed to make an exception to the 10-hour transfer rule and notified him on November 6, 2008, that his EU degree would be conferred.
Appiah says that day is a day that he his family will remember forever. “I was inexplicably elated,” he says.
“It validated my calling and augmented my desire and willingness to heed to the Lord Jesus Christ’s direction in my life.” Appiah is also grateful for the academic direction and mentorship he received at Evangel. “The quality education I received from Evangel University coupled with the exceptional mentorship I received under Rodney Fletcher and Dr. Michael Tenneson were the bedrocks of my academic success.”
Appiah has been married for 11 years to Gladys Acquaye Appiah. They have three sons, Emmanuel Warren, Samuel Kwaku and Christian Ashanti. He is currently completing his Ph.D. in accounting with hopes that he will one day be able to teach at an Assemblies of God college or university.
Dr. Linda Wellborn, director of professional studies and academic quality improvement at Evangel, has been working with alumni who have not completed their degrees, helping them fit Evangel’s unique programs into their unique needs. “Evangel is pleased to count Emmanuel as an alumnus,” says Wellborn.
“His commitment to Christ, coupled with his pursuit of knowledge and professional achievements are those characteristics for which Evangel stands. I count it a privilege to have helped Emmanuel achieve this dream.”