Pentecostal Churches in Ghana are often associated with the vibrant and sizable congregations found in major cities like Accra and Kumasi.
However, there are also numerous smaller churches located in rural areas throughout the country.
Ghana is home to a diverse range of Pentecostal churches, each with their own unique beliefs and practices.
While these churches may vary in size, location, formality, and cultural expression, they all adhere to the fundamental principles of Pentecostalism, which originated from the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles in 1905, led by American minister William J. Seymour.
Pentecostals are Christians who hold the belief that the second coming of Jesus Christ will happen in the near future.
They also believe that Jesus has already returned spiritually through his resurrection and ascension to heaven.
At the core of Pentecostalism is the belief that individuals can have a personal and direct experience with God through revelations from the Holy Spirit.
This personal relationship with God is seen as essential to discovering one’s own connection to Jesus Christ.
There were a total of 1,571 districts and 18,240 local assemblies affiliated with Pentecostal churches. The administrative areas numbered 73, while the external missions had 6,533 assemblies and 2,915 districts.
The first Pentecostal church building in Ghana was constructed in Asamankese, located in the Eastern Region, in 1923.
It is believed that during a five-week revival in May 1923, after the church was built, the Holy Spirit manifested in the form of fire on top of the new building.
The founder of Pentecostalism in Ghana is credited to be Apostle Peter Kwaku Mensah Newman Anim, also known as Kwaku Manasseh.
He was born on February 4, 1890, in Boso, Volta Region, Ghana, to Simon Appiagyei (father) and Hannah Lartebea (mother).
Currently, Apostle Eric Nyamekye serves as the chairman overseeing Pentecostal affairs in Ghana.
Here is a list of some Pentecostal churches in Ghana:
- United Pentecostal Church International Ghana
- The Church of Pentecost
- The Lord’s Pentecostal Church International, Solution Centre – Baatsona
- The Church of Pentecost (Odorkor Central)
- Church Of Pentecost, JC Quaye Assembly
- The Church of Pentecost, Kaneshie Central
- Redemption Pentecostal Church-Odorkor, Accra
- Church of Pentecost Love Assembly
- The Church of Pentecost-Adabraka
- Mount Olivet Assembly, Church of Pentecost
- Church Of Pentecost New Jerusalem Assembly
- The Church of Pentecost, Danquah Worship Centre
- Church of Pentecost, Mamprobi Central Assembly
- New Light Pentecostal Church, Spintex
- Elim Pentecostal Gospel Church International
- Christ Pentecostal Int. Church, Achimota
- United Pentecostal Church-Vision Chapel
- The Church of Pentecost Darkuman Central
- PIWC Kaneshie
- PIWC Koforidua
It is worth noting that other prominent churches in Ghana, such as the Apostolic Church, Assemblies of God, Association of Vineyard Churches, Church of God (Cleveland), Church of God in Christ, Church of God of Prophecy, Elim Pentecostal, and Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship, have or had affiliations with the Pentecostal movement.