President Akufo-Addo consoles Dag Heward-Mills on son’s death

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Tuesday commiserated with Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, the Founder and General Overseer of the Lighthouse Church International on the death of his son.

Dr. David Heward-Mills, a Research Physician at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston died in the United States at the age 31 after a short illness.

Visiting the bereaved Bishop and the family at their residence at Dzowulu in Accra, President Akufo-Addo wrote some words of encouragement and sympathy in the book of condolence and had a few heart warming words for the family.

“I came to express the sympathies and condolences of my family and I, on this tragic loss. I wish the Bishop and his family the strength, comfort and love of the Almighty in this difficult time. May God console and bless the family,” President Akufo-Addo wrote in the book of condolence.

Bishop Heward-Mills commended the President for taking time off his busy schedules to commiserate with him and the family.

Dr. David Heward-Mills’ death died on Friday, April 15, 2022.

In announcing the death, the church wrote: “It is with deep regret and great sorrow that we announce the sudden passing away of David Heward-Mills, after a short illness. David was the first son of our Founder and Presiding Bishop.”

“We, also as a church, are heartbroken, however, we stand with our leader and his family and believe that God will comfort and see us through this very difficult season,”

Preaching a sermon titled “The grave is not the end” on Sunday, Bishop Heward-Mills described the death of his son as a situation that makes everything meaningless.

“My son David just passed away. It spoils everything. You ask me, am I sad? If you had a son who died, will you be sad? You should ask yourself that question. It spoils everything. It brings a funny environment and it makes nonsense of everything. We always try to wish it further and further away but that is how it is.”

About the late Dr David Heward-Mills

David Heward-Mills worked as a resident physician at  Prisma Health, Columbia, South Carolina in the United States of America.

From July 2019 to June 2020, he was with Piedmont Healthcare as a medical doctor in Athens, Georgia, United States.

He worked as a part-time lead director for national alliance for mental health and substance abuse recovery for five years.

He was also a research physician at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston.


The late Dr David Heward-Mills had his Internal Medicine Residency Programme at the University of Georgia from 2019 to 2020.

Before that [2008 to 2014], he acquired his Doctor of Medicine certificate from Ukraine at the National Pirogov Memorial Medical University, located in Vinnytsya, Ukraine [Vinnic’kij Derzavnij Medicnij Universitet im M.I.Pirogova]



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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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