General News of Tuesday, 18 December 2018
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) has marked its 190 years anniversary with a commitment to continue to live up to its mandate as a true Bible-believing and practicing church.
According to the church, it would continue to abide by it vision of spreading the Word of God to the ends of the earth.
A statement issued and signed by the Public Relations Officer of the PCG, Rev George Ezekiel Larbi in Accra, indicated that the church was formed on December 18, 1828, when the first batch of missionaries of the Basel Evangelical Mission Society in Basel Switzerland arrived in the Gold Coast with the main aim of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“They toiled and labored to establish what has now become the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG)”, it said.
After 190 years, it said the PCG could now boast of twenty one Presbyteries, both home and abroad which include Asante, Akuapem, Kwahu, Dangme- Tongu, Ga, Ga West, Asante South, Central, Western, Brong Ahafo, West Brong, Sefwi, Sekyere, Akyem Abuakwa, West Akyem, Volta, Upper, Northern, North American /Australia, Europe and Asante Akyem.
Furthermore it said the PCG has grown well to 294 Districts, and a total of 4,546 Congregations and Preaching Posts and still counting with nearly one million membership and has a total of 5,701 agents working for the church, comprising 1,149 ministers, 2,329 Catechists, 2,143 Caretakers and 80 Evangelists.
“The PCG over the years has contributed immensely to socio-economic development to Ghana through education at all levels from crèche to university, health care delivery, agriculture, business, entrepreneurship and many more”, it stated.
Additionally, it said the PCG now has 55 health institutions spread all over the country in Agogo, Bawku, Dormaa-Ahenkro, Donkorkrom, Bolgatanga, Salaga, Tease, Konongo, Duayaw-Nkwanta, Garu, Sandema, etc making it the third largest provider of health services in Ghana.
On education, it noted that the PCG currently has over 2,400 basic schools, about 30 Senior High Schools, 5 Colleges of Education, 3 Vocational Schools, 4 Nursing Training Colleges, a University, Two Research Institutes, and five Training Centers.
“On this occasion of 190 birthday of the Church, the Moderator of the General Assembly, Right Reverend Prof. Joseph Obiri Yeboah Mante, the Clerk of General Assembly, Reverend Dr Samuel Ayete-Nyampong, and the General Assembly Council wish all members of the Church ayekoo for their contributions”, the statement said.
The statement further commended all gallant men and women who sacrificed their lives, possessions and money to bring the Church this far.
“As we celebrate Christmas the leadership of PCG wishes the entire membership of the Church a special Merry Christmas and a Prosperous Happy New Year” it said.