Rev. Godwin Kofi Dodoazi Ahlijah (Executive Director) is an ordained minister of God with Assemblies of God Church Ghana. He is the Assistant Lead Pastor of the Cedar Mountain Chapel Int. Assemblies of God, East Legon in Accra, and also the President of Economic Development Services International (EDSI).

He graduated from the University of Cape-Coast and received his first Masters Degree in Theology (Th.M) from the International Theological seminary, Florida in 2003. He has a second Masters Degree in Governance and Leadership (MGL), from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) where he graduated in 2007.

Godwin’s service to the Kingdom is extensive. During his undergraduate studies, he was the President of the Assemblies of God Campus Ministries, Youth President of his church and the Youth President for the Assemblies of God District, Tema.

After graduating from college, Rev. Godwin Ahlijah served for seven years as Director of Field and Member Care for Pioneers Africa. Pioneers-Africa is a Missions Agency that recruits, trains and deploys missionaries throughout the continent of Africa. Offices have been established in Ghana, Benin, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea, Mali and Togo. Rev. Godwin Ahlijah has also served as Coordinator for the Desert Stream Initiative. This work was geared towards recruiting, training and deploying indigenous missionaries to Arab North Africa.

He just obtained his PhD in Organization Leadership from the School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Regent University in Virginia Beach, USA.

Godwin is happily married to Dr. Lenusia Afua Ahlijah (a Medical doctor at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital) and they are blessed with an amazing daughter – Dorinda Enam Adjo Ahlijah.


Dr.  LenusiaDr. Lenusia Ahlijah (Medical Director-MLI) graduated from the University of Ghana Medical School. During her medical schooling, Lenusia was never idle. She was an active member of the Ghana Medical Students Association and undertook various mission trips with Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical students Associates and served as a leader in the Christian Medical Fellowship.

After graduation Dr. Lenusia Ahlijah worked at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra and later moved to the Tema General Hospital where she works now.

As God gives purpose to every man, he has given a vision to the Ahlijahs. Rev. & Dr. (Mrs.) Ahlijah have since left Pioneers Africa to devote their full attention to the dream God has given them.

Their Vision is still to see the gospel of Jesus Christ taken to the doorsteps of every living soul in the deprived communities in Ghana, especially the youth.

Being particularly concerned about the growing statistics of wayward youth in Africa, it has become their passion to help individuals develop a personal vision for life.


Grant Perryman is the Executive Director of Meaningful Life USA in Vallejo, California. He graduated from Howard University where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree. He received his Masters degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University.

He has served two (2) consecutive terms as a Board Member of the Benicia Chamber of Commerce and has also served as the Executive Director of “Griot Onyame Descendants”, an educational drama group that performs for elementary school audiences with historical characters from the past.

Over the last twelve (12) years, Grant Perryman has been coordinating efforts with team members in Ghana to raise money for fresh water wells, medical outreaches and children’s programs to uplift and bring hope to the rural poor, destitute and the orphans.

He is currently a co-publisher and contributing writer to “5 Years to Life” Ministries, a quarterly newsletter that strives to bring spiritual encouragement to the incarcerated.

He is happily married and is the father of two boys and one girl.


Dr. Jacob B. Smith (Board Chairman, MLI-Ghana) is a Research Scientist with the Forest Products Research Institute (FORIG) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). He was one of the first academicians to establish the MSc (Wood Technology) programme at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He has nearly ten (10) Scientific/ Technical publications to his credit.

He has over 24 years working experience with Supper Paper Products Company (SPPC) as Mill Manager with responsibility for Production, Environment Management and General Administration. His activities have helped him develop an in-depth understanding of local Industrial Environment Management practices and associated problems particularly with the Pulp and Paper Industries. His focus has always been on the application of appropriate Technology wherever possible.

He has participated in programmes to prepare Environment Management Plans and advised on their implementation and monitoring. He has interacted extensively with the EPA since 1990 in the preparation of the Environment Management Plans (EMPs). He single-handedly prepared the master EMP for SPPC and made over GH¢5,000.00 (Five Thousand Ghana Cedis) for SPPC in 1990.

He is the Ex – President of the Industrial Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship Int. (FGBMFI), Tema. He has other interests like community development activities (local Preacher).

Currently the Chairman of MLI-Ghana Board of Directors, Dr. Bishop Belba Smith is married with four children.


Chris Stockhaus (Board Member – MLU) Chris Stockhaus currently serves as a part of the Executive Pastoral Team for Cornerstone Fellowship in Livermore, California. Prior to this role Chris served as the Local and Global Missions Director for Cornerstone.

Chris is a graduate of San Jose State University and spent the first 8 years of his career in the cloud computing industry. In addition to his role with MLI, Chris serves as the Chairman of the Red Window Project and serves on the board of Rohi Children’s Organization. Chris is married with 2 young children.




Rev. Dr. Stephen Y. Wengam is the Lead Pastor of Cedar Mountain Chapel Assemblies of God International, East-Legon, and the resident Pastor for Citi-FM’s Radio daily Morning Devotion.

He is a graduate of the University of Ghana with a Bsc. Business Administration (marketing option). He also holds a Masters in Theology and a Diploma in Christian Clinical Counseling from the International Theology Seminary, USA.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Wengam is currently the Greater Accra Regional Youth Pastor for Assemblies of God – Ghana, and the Chairman of the Ghana Prisons Council.

He also doubles as a social commentator and a resource person for many Radio and Television stations in Ghana.



Rev. Dr. (Mrs.) Ivy Drafor Amenyah is an ordained minister and a Lecturer at the Ghana Methodist University. She holds a BSc. and MSc. from the University of Guelph, and has a Ph.D. from the University of Ghana (in collaboration with Cornell University). She also has other qualifications in Leadership Training from ‘Training Resources Group’ and Certification in Mentoring Orientation. She has Training in teaching Sunday School, Training in Proposal and Scientific Writing from International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and International Foundation for Science (IFS).

Rev. Dr. Ivy Drafor Amenyah is also endowed with skills in Community Development and she is a Fellow on CGIAR’s Gender and Diversity AWARD program.

She has a passion for teaching and inspiring young people and working with rural communities. She has worked with the University Faculty for about 18 years, teaching courses including Economics of development, Micro and Macro-Economics, Project Management and Research Methods.

Her research has focused on concepts and initiatives to improve farm and household management within a community development framework. She recently worked on a project which looked at access to water and sanitation for persons with disabilities and developing a program to carry out a value chain analysis for maize and rice with their implications for food security in Ghana.

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