Amoam-Achiase Seventh – Day Adventist church was established in July 7th 1984 by Ash – Town district of the then Central Ghana Conference of SDA after Evangelistic campaign which was held at Amoam-Achiase Township near Kumasi, the Garden city of West Africa.
During the Evangelistic campaign church doctrines were explained and the prophecies in Daniel and Revelation which has been the difficult part of the bible for Christian to understand were taught with Divine knowledge and audio visual presentation for the attendants to understand.
At the end of the campaign, 7 souls converted and were baptized but there were many members who converted were not baptized on July 7th 1984 who started the church. These were the 7 souls who baptized; Francis Boakye Dankwah, Rita Oti ( late), Simon Dwumah, Mad. Boakyewah, Kwaku Duah, Bro. Obeng, Prescott Kwaku Poku ( late) .
The church was handed over to Sepe-Buokrom Seventh-Day Adventist Church as the mother church. The under-listed elders from the Sepe-Buokrom Church were entrusted to take care the young church; Elder Alfred Amoakohene and Mr. R. S. Asamoah. The church had its first camp meeting at Tikrom under the care of Sepe Buokrom Church.
The church membership grew from 7 to 33 members in the period of 1984 – 1992. During this period, there a lot of people who were part of the church but were not baptized. In 1992 there was another Evangelistic campaign lead by Elder C. K. Agyapong from Ash – Town church and 40 souls were baptized into the church.
The church was officially organized on 25th October, 1992 with 73 baptized members after 8 years by Pastor W. G. Mensah ( President, Central Ghana Conference). During the organization service these were the officiating ministers, all from the then Central Ghana Conference.
Pastor W. G. Mensah – President
Pastor K. AnsahAdu – secretary
Pastor A. P. Mensah – Ash – Town District pastor
Between 1984-1998 church was worshiping in one of the Amoam-Achiase D/A School Block. By God grace the church was able to raise a fund to purchase 4 building plots to build a church house. They moved from the school block to church house on 14th July, 1998.
The church building was commissioned into the hands of the Lord on 14th July, 1998 by Pastor Yeboah Patrick. The total membership of the church was 73 as the time the church was organzed. Currently the church membership is about 171 adults and about 120 youth.
These were the leaders elected to lead the church when the church was organized.
There are a great number of individuals who have also contributed immensely towards the success of the church and whose names for the purpose of this work could not appear on the record. We hope and believe that God knows them all. Their reward is in heaven
Adventism in Ghana
Ghana Seventh-day Adventist history begins in documents and oral traditions with Francis Dolphjin of Apam and William Dawson of Fetteh-Gomoa respectfully, both in present-day Central Region of the country in the second half of the 19th century. Dolphjin officially pioneered it in January, 1888 when he abandoned his former Sunday-worshiping Methodism and accepted Saturday-Sabbath Seventh-day Adventism as his new faith in Jesus Christ, his Lord and Savior. Oral traditions credit Dawson with “pioneerism”.
From 1888 to the opening years of the 21st century, the combined efforts of indigenous believers and their foreign brothers and sisters, under the control and guidance of the Holy Spirit, have succeeded in bringing over half a million precious souls to Christ, the soon-coming King of kings and Lord of lords. In addition to the above-named pioneers, Seventh-day Adventist history in Ghana records key names like the following in the evolution of the story: George Grant, J.D. Hayford, Hannah More, Karl Rudolph, Edward Sanford, Dudley Hale, James Hyatt, Christian Ackah, Samuel Duncan-Morgue, John Garbrah, William Lewis, Kwaaku Kwaaten, Paul Ansa, Abraham Amponsa, Robert Mensa, Robert Antwi, Philip Kwabena, Yaw Kyereme, J.A. Sackey, Kwaame Donkor, Jesse Clifford, Amos Amofah, John Amoah, Charles Mensah, Jesse Gibson, David Agboka, Charles Clerk, Emmanuel Akyiano, John Kwaning (Kokofu), James Adu (Kokofu), Amos Okrah, David Akuoko, Paul Nsiah, Joseph Nimoh, Yaw Nimo, C. D. Henri, Th. Kristensen, Johnny Johnson, Owen Troy, Walton Whaley, Mary Afriyie, Evelyn Boateng, Pascal Latour, Kofi Owusu-Mensa, Paul Yeboah, Isaac Fordjour, Jacob Jonas (JJ) Nortey, Matthew Ango Bediako, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, Dr. Owusu-Antwi, Dr. Seth Laryea, Peter Mensah, Paul Asareh, Hermann Kuma, Solomon Opam, Ansah-Adu, Amos Kwasi Amofah, Charles Kyereme, Israel Agboka, Joseph Manu Margaret Osei, Emelia Kusi, Agnes Osei, Z. Sumani, T. K. Anane-Afari, Ambrose Waahu, Samuel Larmie, Joseph Hagan, Sarfo Ntim, and Agyeman Boateng.
Churches, schools, health institutions, a press, a university, a women’s center, and other facilities have grown with the history of the church in Ghana over the years. The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ghana and elsewhere in the world lives to fulfill Christ’s GREAT COMMISSION to all His true followers to tell every human being in the world that God loves everybody and is about to end this world’s history and take all who believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as their Savior home to live in joy, happiness, and peace with Him forever in heaven and in the earth made new (John 14: 1-3).
The other key message of this GREAT COMMISSION is that God commands all his true sons and daughters all over the world to honor and keep His true holy Seventh-day Sabbath, Saturday, which will be observed in His worship by the redeemed of all ages throughout eternity (Isaiah 66:22-24).
We live in the closing scenes of this world’s history (Matthew 24 and Luke 21). God will save us if we listen to Him through His messengers and surrender our lives to Him in love and obedience for now and forever.
Book: GHANA SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISM: A HISTORY
Accra: Advent Press, 2005, 416 pages.
Author: Professor Kofi Owusu-Mens
Seventh-day Adventist World Church Statistics
The World Church
Seventh-day Adventists can truly be regarded as a worldwide family of Christian believers. The Adventist presence manifests itself in nearly every country of the globe. Administratively, the church is served through its 13 regional areas of the world. No matter where you find a Seventh-day Adventist believer, you will find them to adhere to the ideals prescribed by the Bible and their lives illustrating both faith in God and the church’s commitment to the betterment of all human beings.
Seventh-day Adventists are a growing church. Currently the growth rate is almost one million every year, with new members joining the church at a rate of one every 35 seconds. Globally, the church is doubling in size every 12 years. High concentrations of Adventists are found in Central and South America, throughout Africa, the Philippines and many other areas. In composition, 39 percent of Adventists are African, 30 percent Hispanic, 14 percent East Asian, and 11 percent Caucasian.
The mission of the church places great emphasis on different aspects of human freedom and responsibility. These include: religious liberty, freedom of conscience and human rights, humanitarian aid and development, better lifestyles, health and wholeness, education and personal growth, as well as social issues and community involvement.
Elder of the Seventh – day Adventist church is recognized as a spiritual leader who through church elections is confirmed and ordained to lead the church. This strong spiritual leader must have been in good standing and reputation in the church where he has his membership and the community. In the absence of the church pastor, the church elder is the next spiritual leader and by precept and example must seek to lead the church into a deeper and fuller Christian experience – church manual 18th edition revised 2010 page 71.
He should not be nominated or chosen only because of his social position, eloquence or financial status but because of his consecrated life and leadership abilities. The Seventh – day Adventist elder, after his term of office, may be re-elected, however, the church policy does not allow him to serve indefinitely.
The authority and role of the elder are restricted with the confines of the church within which the election has been made and confirmed. For details of the role and other information about the elder, see the Seventh – day Adventist church manual 18th edition revised 2010 pages 71-75.