Rev. Fr. Isaac Kelvin Minnow hails from Kakomdo in Cape Coast in the Central Region of Ghana. He was born to late Mr. Andy Ben Kwofie and Madam Cecilia Abban on the 17th day of September, 1988. He is the eldest among three children. He had his basic education in Kakomdo M/A Basic School and Living God Preparatory J.S.S all in Kakomdo and completed in 2004. He completed his Secondary Education in Jukwa Senior High School. After completion of his Secondary Education in 2008, he enrolled in Nick’s Computer Institute in Cape Coast for a Certificate Course in Software and Hardware in computing. He worked as a tutor in the same institution and as a teacher in FEDEP International School in Kakomdo until 2010.
Fr. Kelvin was a very committed Altar server. He loved to serve priests at Mass whether it is raining or not, in the night or in the day. This got him so close to most of the priests and the seminarians who visited his community from the parish and the St. Peter’s Regional Seminary respectively. He had the privilege of going with them to visit the aged and the sick to pray for them before or after Mass. He also had the honor of eating at the same table with them sometimes after Mass. All these were some of the inspirations to his call to the priesthood.
Toward the end of 2010, he had a book entitled “Ghana Catholic Directory” containing the contacts and addresses of almost all Catholic Institutions in Ghana. He picked the contact number of St. Victor’s Major Seminary and called on phone himself that, he would like to be a seminarian. When the modalities of becoming a major seminarian were explained to him, he went ahead and contacted the vocation’s director of Tamale Archdiocese that he would like to be a seminarian for Tamale. After series of constant communication and investigations, he was allowed to apply to the seminary and started his seminary formation in 2011 in St. Michael Major Seminary in Kaleo in the Upper West Region. In 2012, he came to St. Augustine’s Millennium Seminary in Tamale for his three-year Philosophical studies. In 2015, he proceeded to St. Victor’s Major Seminary for four years of Theological studies and a year of Pastoral experience in St. Kizito’s Parish in Kpandai. In 2020, he completed his seminary formation successfully.
It has not been by Fr. Kelvin’s strength, but by the grace of the faithful God who knew him before in his mother’s womb and has ordered every step in his life for his own purpose, that has brought him thus far. He has been with him through these formative years successfully amidst several challenges. For God’s own Greater Glory, today on the 27th day of June, 2020, he is ordained by Most Rev. Philip Naameh into the Catholic Priesthood for the Archdiocese of Tamale, Ghana.