Dcn. Caleb Asante Birikorang
Today on the personality corner, we interview Dcn. Caleb Asante Birikorang. Our personality for the week is an alumnus and former Editor/Librarian of PENSA-KNUST. Read on to find out thrilling gists about our personality as well as his ideas.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am Caleb Asante Birikorang, the second of four Children. I attended RECT Academy, and then proceeded to have my secondary education at the Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, Legon. Currently I am an alumnus of KNUST, where I studied Electrical/Electronic Engineering. I love to read, write, listen to music, explore and innovate. I spend most of my free time, either playing games, designing stuff or watching cartoons. While on campus I was a member of the Prayer Force Committee and later on joined the Editorial Committee.
What is your temperament? (Choleric, Sanguine, Melancholic, Phlegmatic)
Well, I am a Melancholic – and I have a friend who vehemently disagrees, insisting that I am too outspoken to be one. Leadership in PENSA has a way of making people evolve to meet its demands and I think she probably got to meet me in that situation. Most people who know me personally, do agree that I am a melancholic
How did your Christian journey begin and how is it going?
I was born into a Christian home, and grew through the ranks of the church. However, as Christianity is a journey of personal experience, I accepted Christ in my early teens having come to terms with the nitty-gritties of the salvation experience, got baptised and I have remained a Christian since
What Second Cycle institution did you complete? Share with us any fond memories. (Any teaser name?)
As I mentioned earlier, I attended Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, and my time there was an amazing one littered with unique experiences and memories. I was quite a popular figure in my house, owing partly to the fact that my nickname ABC (coined out of my initials) had a nice ring to it. I remember one time I decided to pass as a day student in order to get home without an exeat and ended up meeting my house master at the main entrance. I had to make a swift U-turn and use one of the unorthodox routes out of the school, heart in mouth, hoping he didn’t make me out.
How did your journey to becoming the Editor/Librarian for PENSA-KNUST begin?
I was kind of the rebellious PENSA member in the early stages of my university days. I would miss all the dawn meetings, hour of encounters, midweeks as well as Sunday services. It continued for a while, until the then assistant prayer secretary, Mama Benedicta, decided to make me her personal project. Her persistence helped me find new zeal, and I became a consistent member both at the hall and committee level. With time, I was nominated, interviewed and then appointed as the Editor/Librarian for PENSA KNUST, which in the beginning was a bit awkward given my Prayer Force background, but then in hindsight was just what I needed to find purpose and develop personally.
Did your role in the church affect your social life?
Oh yes it did! I was almost always reserved and quiet, until I became a committee head. I had to learn how to be the first to initiate conversations, call people and discuss issues as well as visit people as often as I could. It was subtle, and people often marvelled when they saw how loud and outspoken I became, especially around my fellow leaders.
I made some good friends during my time as Editor, and I can only ponder over what could have been, in terms of friendships, if I had come out of my shell earlier.
Was KNUST your first choice Institution for tertiary education?
I had to make a choice between reading pharmacy at the University of Ghana or Electrical/Electronic Engineering at KNUST. In the end, engineering appealed much more to me than the pharmacy did, and I also saw KNUST as an opportunity to live outside Accra for the first time in my life.
What is Electrical Engineering about?
Electrical/Electronic engineering is concerned with the study of electricity and electromagnetism, which are needed in the design and application of various systems and equipment. Electrical/Electronic engineering as a discipline has gained a lot of relevance because of the high demand on electricity as power source and electronics, which have become integral parts of our day to day lives.
Describe the family which is PENSA-KNUST in five words
Energetic, Zealous, Sociable, Informative, Innovative.
How did you manage to balance your academic life with church activities?
Well it was quite challenging. It got to a point where I had more meetings than I had time alone to study. I most often would get to my room exhausted after each day’s activities and not be able to study much. I had to adopt a strategy of studying between lectures if I wanted to keep up, and I saw my CWA increase even in a season where it felt almost uncertain.
What is your take on this year’s theme?
The Christian journey becomes easier when you catch a revelation of the role of the Godhead in the life of the believer. Paul said, I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally… (Phil 3:10, MSG). This should be our desire too, that what is in the world and of the world cannot satisfy us, and as the deer pants after the waters our soul should also thirst for God and the things of God. The Holy Spirit has been granted unto us, ushering us into the fullness of the measure of Christ and into the Presence behind the veil.
Who inspires you?
Most of my inspiration comes from the Word of God. It helps keep me level headed and always wanting to be better than I am. My dad also inspires me and he is my definition of a model gentleman. I owe a lot of my successes to his diligence, benefitting greatly from his vast library which whipped up my interest in reading, writing and applying principles. There are so many personalities in my life who have inspired me in one way or the other, mentoring and teaching me as much as possible.
Is Deacon Caleb in a relationship? If yes, can you tell us about this precious pearl?
No please, I am not in a relationship at the moment.
What do you look for in a future spouse?
I want my wife to first and foremost be a friend, someone with whom I can ‘vibe’ all day about any and everything. There should be the physical attraction, similar interests – reading and writing would be a bonus, and a tad bit of humour would do just nicely.
How far is too far in a Christian relationship?
Christian relationships are dictated by the Bible, which demands purity right from the beginning of the relationship, through to the consummation of the marriage, and ultimately till the termination of the relationship by the loss of one party. Every relationship, should be guided by boundaries. These when crossed make it difficult for the purity of the relationship to be kept. Anything that does not keep the purity of the relationship, I think can be said to be ‘too far’
Should a Christian be a political partisan?
Partisan politics has its pros and cons. Myles Munroe says that a man who doesn’t stand for anything would fall for anything. It is not wrong a person to dedicate himself to a political cause or party, but affiliations shouldn’t blind one to common sense and reasoning. Christians as partisans should be objective and represent the values of Christianity as has been consistently drummed down by the possessing the nations agenda of the Church of Pentecost.
What should we expect from you in the next five years?
Interesting. The next five years look promising. I am on a quest towards holistic development, be it in spiritual matters, academics and occupational. Ultimately, I am convinced that wherever I end up in the next five years, it would be in God’s will and I would be pursuing purpose.
A word of advice to the church.
‘For man’s end is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever’. I came across these words in a book I read and they have stuck with me ever since. As long as you enjoy your relationship with God and then glorify God by your works, you would live a content Christian life.