History Of The Church Of Pentecost

The Church of Pentecost traces its roots far back to June 1931 in Ghana, when God made a covenant with a group of worshipers through a prophecy that He would raise a nation out of Africa that would be a spearhead and light to the world, heralding the 2nd Coming of Christ; and that the Gold Coast (now Ghana) had been chosen to fulfill this eternal Will and purpose of God.

The prophecy continued that He (God) would accomplish this through a White Missionary from Europe who would come to lead the group in future, and the group which through many trials, tribulations, temptations and persecutions would be nurtured, protected and grow spiritually and numerically, would become a great International Pentecostal church that would send missionaries from the country, the then Gold Coast, to all parts of Africa and the world as a whole.

Six years after the above prophecy (1937), Pastor James McKeown was sent to Ghana, by the Apostolic Church, Bradford, UK at the request of the Apostolic faith Church in Ghana led by one Peter Newman Anim in a town called Asamankese. Due to doctrinal differences based on divine healing, the group split in 1939 into the Christ Apostolic Church and the Apostolic Church, Gold Coast. The latter saw great expansion under Pastor James McKeown as they embarked on massive evangelism through conventions and rallies, which resulted in an explosion of Pentecostalism in Ghana. In its effort to spread throughout the entire nation of Ghana, the church under the chairmanship of Pastor McKeown, held its first convention at Winneba in December 1939 with over two hundred members in attendance.

In April 1940, during the Easter session, the church held its first General convention also at Winneba with over four hundred attendees. The strong men behind Rev. McKeown were: Revs. J. S. Gyimah, S. R. Asomaning, S.W. Dufour, S. H. Ankamah, J. A. Bimpong, and R. O. Hayford (the first Evangelist of the Apostolic Church). Through this effort, the church opened branches all over the country (Ghana), beside its external branches.

In 1953, a constitutional crisis led to the founding of the Gold Coast Apostolic Church led by Pastor James McKeown. On the attainment of independence by the country in 1957 and following the changes of its name to Ghana, the Gold Coast Apostolic Church was renamed the Ghana Apostolic Church. The split in 1953 did not end the crisis. New conflicts compelled the then President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, to advise the leadership of the Ghana Apostolic Church, to adopt a new name in order to foster peace and harmony on the Pentecostal front. Therefore, on August 1, 1962, the new name, The Church of Pentecost, legally replaced the Ghana Apostolic Church.

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