History of Logos Congregation, Achimota College

I will bless the Lord at all times, his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let t, the then moderatorhe afflicted hear be glad. O magnify the Lord the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.

Psalm 34: 1-3

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CONGREGATION

On Sunday 22nd April, 1966 a small group of Presbyterians, working at the University of Ghana and Achimota School West compound and so it came to be known as the ‘Achimota Administration’ Presbyterian Church. The opening Hymn of the foundation ceremony was Twi Hymn numbered 193, Ga 230, Ewe 231 (O Yesu Kristo behwe yen), which directly appealed to the Almighty God to lay his hands on the occasion and the task ahead.

To announce the existence of the church, Mr. E. K Antwi ( who became the chatechist-in-charge until 2004) and a few members informed Rev. Ritcher of Accra about the new congregation. The church was then placed under the Adabraka District of PCG but it was later placed undr the Accra Newtown District. Barely a year after the establishment of the new congregation, the leader Mr. S. Y. Adatsi), whom the church always looked upon as their guide and leader, left to join another church. The mantle of leadership therefore fell on Mr. E. K. Antwi. As time elapsed and the membership grew, Trinity college (now Trinity Theological Seminary) willingly offered Rev. D. B. Ansong and Amoah to the church. In addition, Mr. A. T. T. Dotsi was brought in from Accra by the District Pastor to help the church. During its formative years, church services were held in one of Achimota School’s classrooms.

CONSTRUCTION AND DEDICATION OF CHURCH BUILDING

In 1981, the Board of Governors of Achimota School approved the church’s application for a piece of land at the current building site to build a church. However in 1987, the Primary department of the Achimota School wrote to inform the church of their intention to build its JSS department on the very plot of land issued to the church by the  Board of Governors. However by God’s intervention, the school rescinded its decision, and the sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of the church building wa performed by Rev. E. Yirenkyi Addo, the then District Pastor of Accra New Town District on Sunday, 12th March, 1988.

roject began with voluntary contributions 10,000 (now GHc 1) from each member, harvest incomes and pledges from members, as well as special donations and interest -free loans. On Christmas day in 1988, the then moderator of PCG (Rt. Rev. D. A. Koranteng) visited the church and performed the sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of the church to begin. Worshipping in the classroom ceased and worshipping in the uncompleted chapel building started in 1992. In 1994, the new chapel building was completed and the official opening and dedication was held on 1st May, 1994 by Rt. Rev. D. A. Koranteng, the then moderator of PCG.

FIRST SESSION MEMBERS

There are no records about the first session of the church. However, Fig. 1 shows the picture of the session members of the church just before the completion and dedication of the church in 1994.

CONGREGATIONAL GROUPS AND THEIR INAUGURATION

The following mark the formation and inauguration of the various groups in the church.

i) Children Service: The Children Service was formed in 1968. It started with five (5) children by Mr. Adei, Miss Comfort Sagoe and Madam Beatrice Larbi.

ii) Singing Band and Church Choir: The Singing Band was formed and led by Madam Clara Asaa in  1968. It wa to introduce some musical life into the church to liven church service and also to help win souls to Christ through singing. It was however reconstituted into a church choir under the distinguished volunteering leadership of Mr. G. O. Twenefour in late 1968.

iii) Bible Study and Prayer Group (BS & PG): It was formed in August 1969 by Mr. Yaw Boakye, then a student of School of Administration (Legon). The other founding members are Catechist E. K. Antwi, Mr. A. D. Dotsi, Madam Clara Asaa and Mrs. Mabel Adams.

iv) Women’s Fellowship : The Women’s Fellowship was formed in 1970. Madam Mabel Adams, Victoria Ziddah and Grace Dodoo played several pioneering roles in its formation.

v) Men’s Fellowship: The Men’s Fellowship was formed in 1983 by Mr. J. K . Owusu and it was inaugurated in 1998 by Mr. Offei Aboagye as the first President.

vi) The junior ‘Y’ group formerly called ‘Timothy Class’ was conceived and formed by Mrs. Grace Karikari, Mrs. Dorothy Asiamah and Mrs. Beatrice Anim in 1990 with sixty (60) children.

vii) Young People’s Guild (YPG): The YPG was formed in 1991 by Bro. James Appiah, who was the then Ga Presbytery Youth Superintendent and other able leaders of the Accra New Town District. It was inaugurated in August 1993. Bro. George Attah Yeboah was the first President and Sis. Beatrice Asiedu was the first Secretary.

vii) Northern Outreach Program (NOP) : In order to win the northerners living within the Achimota school community to worship with the church, the NOP was established through intensive evangelism of the  BS & PG in 1998. Dr. S. A. Okanta, Bro. Emmanuel Popping, Bro. Charles Adu, Margaret Boateng, Selina Odame and Madam Victoria Mensah were those who played key roles in its formation.

ix) Young Adults Fellowship (YAF) : YAF was formed in 2009 by the New Achimota District YAF executives. Messrs. Nicholas Adu-Twum and Eric Ofori Antwi were the first President and secretary respectively.

ROLL OF AGENTS

Even though the church was started in 1966, it was not until 1982 that the first substantive Reverend Minister was posted to oversee its administration. The following are the substantive Reverend Ministers who have served the church since 1992:

Rev. David N. A. Kpobi              1982-1987

Rev. T. K. A. Addy                        1987-1990

Rev. E. O. Charway                     1991-1996

Rev. Obiri Annor                         1997-2001

Rev. Ofori Antwi                          2001-2010

Rev. Dr. Abamfo Atiemo            2010 – date

In addition to the agents, the following Catechists also served the church. They are:

Cat. E. K. Antwi                                 1968 – 2004

Cat. Emmanuel Oppong                  2004 – 2008

Catechist C. C. Sai                             2008 – date

NOP Agent: Joseph Agugu              1998 – 2003

NOP Cat. George Abeako                2004 – 2008

NOP Cat. Isaac Apaabe                    2009 – 2014

NOP Cat. Elizabeth Afelibisa          2015 – date

CURRENT SESSION MEMBERS

The church is currently under the d istinguished leadership of Rev. Dr. Abamfo Atiemo, Catechist C. C. Sai and nineteen (19) session members, comprising the following:

  1. Mr. Emmanuel Atta Gyamera                              Senior Presbyter
  2. Mrs. Gifty Okantah                                                Asst. Snr. Presbyter
  3. Dr. W. Atuobi Agyekum                                        Session Clerk
  4. Mr. Asiamah Kuffour                                            Asst. Session Clerk
  5. Mr. Stephen Darko                                                Dir. of Finance
  6. Mrs. Theresa Potakey                                           Member
  7. Mr. Eric Hayfron                                                   Member
  8. Mr. Francis A. Gyimah                                         Member
  9. Dr. David K. Okoh                                                 Member
  10. Madam Betty Yeboah                                           Member
  11. Madam Esther Brako                                           Member
  12. Mrs. Joyce Asante                                                 Member
  13. Mrs. Celestine Nudanu                                        Member
  14. Mr. David Kwasi Ansah                                      Member
  15. Mr. Offei Dodoo                                                    Member
  16. Mr. Kwadwo Anim                                               Member
  17. Mrs. Georgina T. Adanutey                                 Member
  18. Mrs. Abena Birago A. Kumi                                Member
  19. Cat. Elizabeth Afelisaba                                      Member

LANDMARK HISTORICAL EVENTS

Proposal to christen the church as ‘REDEMPTION’ Congregation:

In 1995, members of the Chapel Dedication Planning Committee, led by its Chairman, who also doubled as the Senior Presbyter at the time and a staunch BS&PG member (Dr. S. A. Okantah) proposed to name the church as ‘Redemption Congregation’. The proposal was presented by the then Rev. Minister (Rev. E. O. Charway) to the congregation. However this proposal was fiercely resisted by serval groupings of the church as they wanted the church to maintain its originality to reflect its locality as ‘Achimota College Presby Church”.

Christening of the church as ‘LOGOS’ Congregation

In late 2013, the current minister-in-charge Rev. Dr. Abamfo Atiemo with Session re-visited the proposal to re-name the church and it was accepted by the entire congregation. On 21st September, 2014 the church was successfully christened as ‘LOGOS Congregation’ by Rev. Dr. G. N. N. Odonkor (the then Ga Presbytery Chairperson) and he was assisted by Rev. Felicia Adu-Kumi (New Achimota District Minister)

Submitted by

Dr. William Atuobi Agyekum

(Session Clerk)