Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana

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Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana
E.P. Church Ghana logo.jpg
Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana logo
Classification Protestant
Orientation Calvinist
Theology liberal Reformed
Polity Presbyterian
Associations World Council of Churches
World Alliance of Reformed Churches
World Communion of Reformed Churches
Christian Council of Ghana
Region Ghana
Origin 1922
Congregations 748
Members 600,000

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana (Ewe:Presbyteria Nyanyui Hame le Ghana) is a Protestant Christian denomination in Ghana. It is popularly referred to as the "EP Church". It has strong roots in the Evangelical and Reformed traditions.

History[edit]

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church Ghana was founded by German missionaries on November 14, 1847 in Peki.[1] These missionaries from the North German Mission Society (Norddeutsche Mission, Bremen), together with the Basel Mission in 1847, started work among the Ewe people in what is now the Volta Region of Ghana. By the beginning of World War I, they had established two mission stations in the British colony of the Gold Coast and seven in the German territory of Togoland. The first of the mission stations was (Mission-Tove) in present-day Togo.[2]

After the war, Togoland was divided into two territories, the western one under British rule and the eastern one under French rule. The first synod of the mission stations in May 1922, despite the division of Togoland, declared itself to be the supreme governing body of the “Ewe Church.” The church adopted the congregational order of the Bremen Mission. In 1923, Scottish missionaries began working in British Togo (Transvolta Togoland), which is the present-day Volta Region of Ghana. The church in French Togoland (now Togo) was run by the Paris Mission.

As a result, development proceeded separately in the two territories, although both churches share the same constitution. They hold a common synod meeting every 4 years.[3]

Belief[edit]

The EP Church is a trinitarian church.

Church information[edit]

The EP church has its headquarters at Ho, the capital of the Volta Region of Ghana. It has more than 600,000 members in nearly 750 congregations. The overall leader of the church is known as the Moderator of the General Assembly.[4] The current Moderator of the General Assembly of the church is Very Rev. Dr. Seth Senyo Agidi.[5][6] He succeeded Rt. Rev. Francis Amenu in 2015, who had been elected as the first Moderator of the General Assembly, which was constituted in 2009.[7]

The previous gathering of the churches was known as the General Synod. The last Moderator of the General Synod was Rt. Rev. Dr. L.K Buama, whose term ended in 2009.[8]

Past moderators[edit]

The first Moderator was elected in 1922, when the Togo and Gold Coast branches of the church held their first Joint Synod.[9]

  • Very Rev. Andreas Aku - (1922)
  • Very Rev. David Bensah (1923 – 1926)
  • Very Rev. E. Awuma (1927 – 1939)
  • Very Rev. B.S. Amegashie (1940 – 1951)
  • Very Rev. M.W. Akama (1952 – 1956)
  • Very Rev. E.K. Galevo (1957 – 1968)
  • Very Rev. A.K. Abutiate (1969 – 1972)
  • Very Rev. C.K. Dovlo (1969 – 1972)
  • Very Rev. Noah Komla Dzobo (1981 – 1993)
  • Very Rev. Japhet Ledo (1993 – 2001)
  • Very Rev. Livingstone Komla Buama (2001 – 2009)

Since 23 August 2008, the church changed from Synod status to General Assembly status. Since then, the Moderator is now officially known as 'The Moderator of the General Assembly'. The first Moderator since this change is Rev. Francis Amenu.

Education[edit]

The church is active in education and has established numerous primary and secondary schools, and a university college.[10] Some are:

Health[edit]

The EP Church has also been active in providing health care. Its facilities include:

  • Adidome Hospital[11]

Associations[edit]

Partner churches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peki Citizens to celebrate the exploits of Bremen Missionary work in Ghana". Ghanaweb. Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Eglise évangélique presbytérienne du Togo". Address data base of Reformed churches and institutions. Reformed Online. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  3. ^ "Presbyteria Nyanyui Hame le Ghana". Address data base of Reformed churches and institutions. Reformed Online. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  4. ^ "Our hosts". Accra 2004. World Alliance of Reformed Churches. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  5. ^ "Evangelical Presbyterian Church inducts new moderator". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2015-09-09. 
  6. ^ "EP Church gets new Moderator". www.ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 2015-09-09. 
  7. ^ "E.P. Church Elects New Moderator". Ghana government. Archived from the original on October 8, 2008. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  8. ^ "FOREWORD". Official website. Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana. Retrieved 2008-10-23. 
  9. ^ "Brief History". Official website. Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Evangelical Presbyterian University College ready for opening". Ghanaweb.com. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "General Ministries". Global Ministries. 2005-10-07. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 
  12. ^ "News from the Ecumenical Committee". United Reformed Church. Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 

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