Ivorian Pastor Dies in Sleep

Deborah St. Lawrence

Antioch, TN— According to Dr. Kenneth Eagleton, IM’s director of field partnerships, Pastor Kouamé Philippe Fakéyé (born in 1974) was found dead earlier today (July 6) in Doropo, Côte d’Ivoire. He died in his sleep. Pastor Philippe was in Doropo as part of his responsibilities with BERACA, a Free Will Baptist non-governmental organization that runs the Doropo Hospital and several other humanitarian efforts within Côte d’Ivoire.

Pastor Philippe, a member of the third graduating class of the Free Will Baptist Bible Institute in Bouna, was ordained in 2009. His first pastorate was the Free Will Baptist church in Agnibilekrou. His current pastorate is the Koumassi FWB Church in Abidjan. Active in the denomination, over the years Pastor Philippe filled several leadership roles at the local, regional, and national levels. Currently, he held the position of vice-president of the Southern Regional Association, member of the executive committee of the National Association, and member of the board of BERACA, Pastor Philippe had traveled to Doropo as part of his responsibilities with BERACA.

Passionate about his faith and ministry, Pastor Philippe was a powerful influence on many of the young people in Côte d’Ivoire. His activism in the denomination will be sorely missed.

His second wife survives Pastor Philippe. His first wife and a son preceded him in death.

General Director Clint Morgan, a former missionary to Côte d’Ivoire, said, “I truly admired Philippe. A hardworking student, he had a good sense of humor, love for the ministry, and passion for the pastorate. Let’s pray for his wife, his congregation, and our other brothers and sisters in Côte d’Ivoire who are stunned by this loss.”

Pastor Philippe’s funeral and burial will be in Agnibilekrou on August 4.

Read Dr. Eagleton’s account and see more photos here.

Updated July 11 with funeral information.