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List of Top 5 Charismatic Churches in Ghana

Top 5 Charismatic Churches in Ghana Lighthouse Chapel International
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List of Top 5 Charismatic Churches in Ghana

We have taken the trouble to give you the list of top 5 Charismatic Churches in Ghana. Ghana is a religious nation with different religions made up of over 71% Christians, over 15% Muslims, and traditionalists making up over 8% according to the 2010 census.

Affiliation 2000 census 2010 census
Christian 68.8% 71.2%
Pentecostal/Charismatic 24.1% 28.3%
Protestant 18.6% 18.4%
Catholic 15.1% 13.1%
Other Christian 11% 11.4%
Muslim 15.9% 17.6%
Traditional 8.5% 5.2%
None 6.1% 5.2%
Other 0.7% 0.8%

Source: GSS
Religious tolerance in Ghana is very high. The major Christian celebrations of Christmas and Easter are recognized as national holidays.

In the past, vacation periods have been planned around these occasions, thus permitting both Christians and others living away from home to visit friends and family in rural areas.

Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, is observed by Muslims in Ghana and important traditional occasions are celebrated.

These festivals include the Adae, which occur fortnightly, and the annual Odwira festivals. There is also the annual Apoo festival activities, which is a kind of Mardi Gras and is held in towns across Ghana.

According to the 2010 census, Charismatic churches compose 28.3% of the Christian religion. This confirms that the huge chunk of Christians are in the various charismatic churches.

The list below shows our selected top 5 charismatic churches in Ghana.

 

Now here is the List of Top 5 Charismatic Churches in Ghana

 

1. Lighthouse Chapel International (LCI)

Lighthouse Chapel International is a Charismatic church that was founded by Bishop Dag Heward-Mills in Ghana, West Africa in 1985 under the name Korle-Bu Christian Centre; it was changed to the current name in 1987.

 

Their mission is: to build 25,000 churches, to have Churches in 150 countries, to fight fiercely and relentlessly in all battles for the advancement of the churches and the Gospel, to produce radical Christians who work for God, to go to heaven and to hear Jesus say – “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

Lighthouse Chapel International
Lighthouse Chapel International, Qodesh Building

Its headquarters, the Qodesh, is located in Accra, Ghana. Bishop Heward-Mills is also a renowned evangelist who has taken the gospel to many remote locations in Africa through his Healing Jesus Campaign.

He is also the author of 30 books, including the bestseller Loyalty and Disloyalty; there are currently 6 million books in print in 8 languages.

The church has a humanitarian charity, Help the Helpless, which seeks to help the blind, prisoners, the poor, the sick, and widows.

It also has an orphanage, The Lighthouse Christian Home, and a primary school, The Lighthouse Christian Mission School, both of which are under the management of his wife, Lady Rev. Adelaide Heward-Mills.

The church also has Anagkazo Bible School, which trains people for the ministry. Lighthouse Chapel International has over 1200 branches in 61 countries worldwide. It is fast becoming one of the biggest denominations in the world.

Theology Pentecostal
Language Multilingual
Headquarters Qodesh, North Kaneshie, Accra, Ghana
Founder Dag Heward-Mills
Founded 1987
University Owned Anagkazo
Phones 050 125 8626
Official website lighthousechapel.org

 

2. Action Chapel International (ACI)

Action Chapel International (ACI) is a Charismatic Christian church based in Accra, Ghana. The church was founded by Nicholas Duncan-Williams in 1979, and since 1992 has met in the “Prayer Cathedral” near Accra airport.

It is the headquarters of Christian Action Faith Ministries (CAFM). Nicholas Duncan-Williams, a disciple of Benson Idahosa, founded the Christian Action Faith Ministries (CAFM) and the Action Chapel International (ACI) church in 1979.

action chapel international
IMAGE: Action Chapel International

The CAFM was the first Charismatic church in Ghana. It was followed by the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) in 1984.

As of 2015 Duncan Williams was still head of Action Chapel International and was also chairman of the National Association of Charismatic and Christian Churches (NACCC). ACI owns the Dominion University College, secular and biblical modern university in Accra.

Theology Pentecostal
Language Multilingual
Headquarters ACI, Spintex Road, Accra, Ghana
Founder Nicholas Duncan-Williams
Founded 1979
University Owned Dominion University College
Phones 055 256 7081
Official website actionchapel.net

 

3. International Central Gospel Church (ICGC)

International Central Gospel Church headed by Dr. Mensa Otabil, a motivational preacher and forthright man of God is the second oldest Charismatic Church in Ghana behind Action Chapel International.

The International Central Gospel Church – ICGC is an Evangelical, Charismatic Christian Church. It was officially inaugurated as a church on the 26th of February 1984, in Accra, Ghana. The first meeting was held in a small classroom with an initial membership of just about twenty people.

International Central Gospel Church, Christ Temple
International Central Gospel Church, Christ Temple

From February 1984 to April 1986, the membership grew to about one hundred and eighty (180) adults in regular attendance. The early meetings of the church were held in several facilities which included classrooms, a private residence, a public hall, a science laboratory, a mechanical workshop and a cinema theatre.

In May 1986, the church settled in a rented scout hall – the Baden Powell Memorial Hall – which became its home for the next ten years.

During this ten-year period, the membership rose to over 4,000. This period also saw aggressive missionary church planting activities with local assemblies established in almost all the major towns and cities of Ghana. Several other churches were also planted in cities in Europe and the United States.

The first congregation which was established in February 1984, now designated as the Christ Temple Assembly, has directly planted over forty other churches out of the original congregation in the Accra – Tema metropolis of Ghana alone.

In 1988, the ICGC established a ministerial institute to train a new generation of leaders to carry out its vision. From the initial six-month certificate in ministry, the college has developed into the premier private-owned University in Ghana known as the Central University College.

Again in 1988, the church instituted an educational scholarship scheme, known as Central Aid, to finance the education of selected needy students in pre-tertiary educational institutions. This scheme is now considered the largest non-governmental scholarship programme for students in pre-tertiary education in Ghana.

The International Central Gospel Church is a socially conscious Christian church which upholds the philosophy of Human dignity and Excellence. It engages in promoting and staging events whose impact have reached the depths of the Ghanaian society and brought Christ to the doorsteps of the people.

Theology Pentecostal
Language Multilingual
Headquarters Christ Temple, 69 Ring Road West, Accra, Ghana
Founder Mensa Otabil
Founded 1984
University Owned Central University College
Phone  (+233) 302 688 000 – 4
Official website www.centralgospel.com

 

4. Perez Chapel International

Perez Chapel International is an evangelical, Pentecostal Charismatic Christian church. It was founded by bishop Charles Agyin-Asare and is headquartered in Dzorwulu, Accra, Ghana.

The church was founded under the name of Word Miracle Church International by Charles Agyin-Asare in 1987 in Tamale.

Perez Chapel International
Perez Chapel International, Inside Perea Dome

In 1994, the headquarters were transferred to Accra and a new church was established with 70 people. In 2011, it inaugurated the Perez Dome, a 14,000-seat temple. In 2013, the Perez Dome had 7,000 members and the denomination had 50,000 members in Accra.

It took the name of Perez Chapel International in 2013. In 2017, it claimed to have 400 churches in 16 countries.

The Church runs the Perez University College is a co-ed Christian University located in Gomoa Pomadze in the Central region of Ghana. It was formerly known as the Pan African Christian University College. It was the first private university to be established in the Central region.

Theology Pentecostal
Language Multilingual
Headquarters Perez Dome, Dzorwulu, Accra, Ghana
Founder Charles Agyin-Asare
Founded 1987
University Owned Perez University College
Phone  (+233) 302 688 000 – 4
Official website www.perezchapel.org

 

5. Royalhouse Chapel International

Royalhouse Chapel International was founded by the Most Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah after his encounter with the Lord on June 19th, 1991.

Before his encounter and subsequent arrival in Ghana in November 1992, he had given approval to his wife, Rev. Mrs. Rita Korankye Ankrah (affectionately called Mama Rita) to start Sunday services with members of Showers of Blessings who were then available.

Top 5 Charismatic Churches in Ghana Royalhouse Chapel International
Royalhouse Chapel International, Inside Oil Dome

The meetings began at the GES Model Nursery School in Accra at North Ridge with 12 adults and 5 children attending the first Sunday service.

The name under which they operated from March 1991 was Abundant Life Missions International. But in July 1993, the name of the church was changed to Bible Worship Centre to reflect the new vision and focus with which Rev. Sam Korankye Ankrah was going to operate.

To give the church a global focus, the name was modified in August 1994 to International Bible Worship Centre (IBWC). Royalhouse Chapel International (RCI) was approved and from March 1999 to date, it has been the operational name of the Church.

 

Theology Pentecostal
Language Multilingual
Headquarters No.16 Ring Road West, Accra, Ghana
Founder Sam Korankye Ankrah
Founded 1991
University Owned Christian Leadership College
Phone 030 222 1255
Official website www.royalhousechapel.org

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