Our History

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Bantama Seventh-Day Adventist Church was established in April 1973 by the Central Ghana Conference of SDA after a six (6) week Evangelism campaign which was held at the Ghana National Cultural Centre in Kumasi, the Garden City of West Africa. The 1973 Evangelism campaign which was led by Pastor M.A. Bediako was funded by a devoted American Evangelist and Philanthropist ,one Pastor Ford Harrison who donated Two Thousand U.S Dollars ($ 2,000.00) through the late Elder R.A. Kissi of Nkawkaw.

The following ministers actively participated in the 1973 evangelism campaign:

  1. Pastor David Colheart, a young Australian student missionary who was on his way to Australia after his religious assignment in the then Upper Volta now Burkina Faso.
  2. Pastor Antobam from Oda District.
  3. Pastor Charles Amoah, a former Amakom Church Pastor.
  4. Pastor M.E Ampate, the former Kumasi District Pastor.
  5. Pastor S.Y. Ampomah of Ntonso Church, and
  6. Pastor V.C.B. Debrah, the former Lay Activity Director of Central Ghana Conference.

All the existing churches in and outside Kumasi actively participated to establish the Bantama SDA Church. At the end of the six week campaign, 184 souls converted and baptized. By April, 1976 the church membership had increased to 200 adults with 81 children. Today, the church membership is more than 800 adult members and about 600 children.

The under-listed elders and young men from the Amakom Church were entrusted to take care of the young church at the Cultural Centre:

Elder Paul Nsiah Snr, Elder Stephen Kontor, Elder Joseph Nimoh, Elder Isaac Kwakye, Elder I.O. Mensah and Elder J.A. Domfeh

The then young men who assisted the young church were Mr. D.K. Asamoah, Mr. J.T.K. Mensah, Mr. D.K. Agyekum, S.K. Oduro (Butagas), Mr. J.K. Boafo, Mr. Jonathan Adu, Mr. E.D. Ayi and Mr. Benard Boamah

The Church was officially organized on 7th September, 1974 after 1 year 4 months by Pastor J.K. Amoah, the then President of Central Ghana Conference.

Some of the Pioneer members included: Mrs. Agyei Kodie, Mr. Abraham Mintah, Mr. Samuel Abankwa, Joseph Boateng, Kofi Boa-Amponsem, Mr.Agyei Anthony, Mr. S.O. Mensah, Mr. S.O. Tawiah, Mr. James Boateng, Mad. Mary Henewaa , Mr. E.Y. Boakye, Mr. Hayford Marfo etc.

Unfortunately, one Bro. Obeng, the then Lay Activity leader introduced some strange doctrines into the church and he succeeded in taking away a sizable portion of members to form his Bible Research Church.

By dint of hardwork, dedication and good spiritual leadership the church was built on asound and firm foundation and therefore became a model church in Kumasi. The three year stay of the young church at the Cultural Centre was not peaceful. There was no specific place of worship. The church worshipped at different places. These places included Quashie Idun Hall, Apatakesem, Dwaberem and sometimes at the long room behind the beer bar at the Culture Centre.

There were occasional uninformed disruptions of services during cultural activities. There were turbulent attacks and confrontations on the Director of the centre, Mr. Kyeremateng by some orthodox and spiritual churches as to whether the Seventh-day Adventist Church was the only church granted to worship at the centre permanently. The church was given three 3 months to quit the centre. The confrontation became harsh and worse on the church after the death of Mr. Kyeremateng.

The church roamed about in finding a permanent place for worship after quitting from the Cultural Centre. The worship centre was moved to the Nurses and Midwifert School Assembly Hall at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital K.A.T.H and later moved to the Inter-denominational Chapel at 4 BN Uadarra Barracks.

Out of Elder D.K Asamoah’s assistance, the church was granted the Local Authority Canteen just opposite the current church building for the church to Worship free of charge. This kind permission was granted by Auntie Christie the then Director of Education of the Kumasi City District Schools.

The church finally moved from Cultural Centre on 3rd April, 1976 with 200 adult members and 81 children to the Canteen. Evening studies and practices were held at Bantama L/A Primary School.

All efforts to get a permanent land on or around Bantama to build a chapel proved futile and even some personal properties of some elders were offered as donations for the land but wasn’t successful. After a couple of years with continuous fasting and prayers, God gave us Auntie Christie to come to our aid. This kind patriotic Christian lady granted our request, but on condition that the church must put up a school first to help the city before the chapel could be started. The school is now Adventist Senior High School (ADASS) which has brought up several thousands of students both Adventists and non-Adventist across the country. It has students’ population of more than 2,000.

The architectural drawing of the building was done by Mr. Biney of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). The first building contractor on the chapel was Bro. Owusu Dome.

The history of Bantama Seventh-day Adventist church cannot be complete without mentioning the names of the following people.

  1. Mrs. Christiana Armah (Auntie Christie) Director of Education, Kumasi City
  2. Pastor Del Harrison of United States of America- He contributed financially to roof the church building.
  3. Sis. Paulina Osei and husband- They donated money periodically to fix the windows and doors of the church.
  4. Elder Paul Nsiah was the Father of the church and the first Church Elder.
  5. Dr. Kwasi Yeboah of USA bore the cost of the pulpit and gave words of encouragement.
  6. Pastor M.A. Bediako (former General Conference Secretary) –Apart from being the spiritual father and founder, he also assisted both in kind and in cash.
  7. Members o f the Kumasi City Churches organized Communal Labour to help the church.
  8. Pastor Charles Amoah and Pastor Kwasi Addai, now in U.S.A. They were the first leading pastors of the church. Their experience greatly contributed to the spiritual growth of the church.
  9. Elder W. Zormelo of the then Amakom Church – He also contributed towards the church building.
  10. Elder Kofi Brenya (Foreman) – He is the contractor who has seen the building up to this stage.

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.

P.O. Box KS 3572, Kumasi - Ashanti, Ghana - West Africa
Tel: +233 (0) 3220 33680, Email: info@bantamasdachurch.org
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