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The facts of the beginnings of the PCG are now so well known that one does not need to repeat the details here.

The stories of the heroic decision of the Basel Mission to undertake mission work in the Gold Coast and the sacrifices that they had to make to sustain the mission continue to be cited with pride and gratitude to God by many Ghanaians today.

The year 1828 will forever remain significant in the life of our church because this was the year of arrival of the very first missionaries from Basel.

The Basel Mission that sent them had been founded in mainly businessmen, industrialists and philanthropists who wanted to make a totally different impact on Africa that their slave trading compatriots had done.

They were interested in a practical demonstration of Christian love to fellow human beings, and therefore attracted people from varying backgrounds and expertise.

They also insisted that persons offering themselves for this task should be persons “with a deep sense of humility”.

The reason for demanding these qualities was obvious. They were not going to be the first to attempt evangelization in the Gold Coast. As far back as 1471, Portuguese Catholics had arrived on the Gold Coast and had attempted to spread the Gospel, but had failed woefully because many other motives accompanied their evangelization motive. After a few years, commercial interest totally submerged that of the Gospel.

The slave trade made it difficult, if not impossible for any clear distinction to be made between missionaries and traders. Soon the recipients of the good news became victims of slavery, and mammon planted his kingdom where Christ’s should have been.

Other nations also made a few half-hearted attempts with no lasting results.

In the early 18th century, the Moravians had also embarked on an ambitious evangelization propaganda, beginning from Elmina and ending in failure at Christiansborg.

The period between these attempts and the arrival of the Basel Mission was, for the ordinary observer, an era of fruitless endeavour, but from the perspective of God’s salvation history, it was a preparatory period for the baptism of fire that was to come.

The abolition of the slave trade at the beginning of the 19th century was an indication that something new was going to happen in the Gold Coast.

The Basel Mission was that new thing.

The first event of significance in our history therefore was the arrival of the first missionaries form Basel. When they arrived at Osu, it was exactly one week before Christmas and two weeks before the end of the year.

Symbolically, they had come to witness the birth of Christ in the Gold Coast in a new way. Hardly anything of significance is known to have happened in the short period of stay of these first missionaries, for all four of them died before the end of the following year.

However, the few months of their lives that they spent in Osu must have touched a few lives. For eight months, they interacted with the people of Osu, started learning the Ga language, made a few friends and even attempted starting a school.

Their immediate successors who arrived in 1832 made similar efforts, renting a house at Osu and living among the people. Two of the three who came also died within missionaries has been largely overlooked in the narration of our history, often due to the attention given to the work of Andreas Riis whose commitment and industry ensured that the mission was not abandoned.

It was he who in the face of much frustration and possible death, took the bold decision to move from Osu to Akropong to make a new attempt.

He also initiated exploratory moves into Akyem and other areas before returning to Basel in 1840.

It is however necessary to put these other missionaries out of obscurity and acknowledge their role however little, in our history.


The next important date and event of significance in the life of the PCG was 17th April 1843 when a large group of African descendants from Jamaica landed at Osu to begin another phase of the Basel Mission evangelization work.

They had been recruited purposely to help convince the people of the Gold Coast that the Christian religion was not reserved for Europeans alone. They had also been recruited because it was believed that they could withstand the tropical climate more than the Europeans who too easily succumbed to malaria.

This was an experiment which had been tried successfully in Sierra Leone where former African slaves became the principal missionaries to the African population. The Niger Mission had also proved that Africans were best suited for the work of evangelism in Africa.

The arrival of these gallant volunteers in Osu and their subsequent settlement in Akropong signaled the beginning of progress in the Christian mission in the Gold Coast. Their work has been variously documented and acknowledged, although not with the proportionate emphasis that it deserves.

The facts are however clear that there would be no PCG today if those men and women had not offered to come to Osu and Akropong.

The building of a formidable and sustainable foundation for the mission was almost entirely the work of these Missionaries. The years 1843 to 1845 were crucial years during which their endurance and commitment were tested to the full.

Some left the mission in frustration, but others held on to the vision of building an indigenous Christian community and eventually achieved a breakthrough.

Once the first baptisms had been performed in 1847, a seminary was established the following year for the training of local people in the work of the mission, and from this point on there was no turning back.

Before long, the Basel Mission was on the move, reaching into the other Akwapim towns and beyond into Akyem, Krobo and Agona areas. Within a decade of the arrival of the Jamaicans, a Basel Mission Church had come into existence, and by the end of the second decade, Anum and the Volta Buem areas had been added to the field work.

Moreover, a good number of local people had been recruited by this time for the ministry of the church in various capacities. Osu, the coastal mission station was meanwhile undertaking a similar exercise into the surrounding towns of La and Teshie.

It was during this period that Abokobi was founded and became one of the most significant mission stations of the Basel Mission. Situated at the foot of the Akwapim hills, Abokobi provided a comfortable rest stop between Osu and Akropong.

So when in 1854 the Christians in Osu and La had to flee their towns owing to the British bombardment, Abokobi became a safe haven for them.

The new settlers developed the cottage into a well planned village and went out from there to bring the good news to the surrounding Villages.

The growth and consolidation of the Basel Mission presence occurred between 1850 and 1870, a period that saw the arrival in the Gold Coast of many talented and committed missionaries from Europe. Within this period spanning two decades, the church reached out to many areas of Southern Ghana and made inroads into many traditional setups, drawing occasional confrontation and controversy.

It was also the period that saw the establishment of the first eight mission stations of the church, namely, Osu, Abokobi, Akropong, Aburi, Kibi, Odumase-Krobo, Anum and Ada. By 1866, Johannes Zimmerman had finished translating the whole Bible into Ga, followed by Christaller’s Twi translation in 1870.

Other names that featured prominently in this period were those of Simon Suss. Eilas Schrenk, Hans Rottmann and a host of African agents and collaborators.

The opportunity presented by this period was quite timely, and the PCG did well to grab it and use it to maximum benefit. Things would have been very difficult if this opportunity had been allowed to slip by.


The edifying stories of Basel Mission success were in no way limited to the German and Swiss missionaries alone. The PCG was from the beginning a Church that produced local leadership who not only assisted the missionaries but also became missionaries to their compatriots. By the early 1850s the first products of the Akropong Seminary had started coming out as trained teachers and catechists, and in no time, were competent enough either to be put in charge of some of the stations or sent out to evangelize.

These include David Asante who was even sent for further training in Basel and was ordained a minister and put in charge of Larteh. Other local leaders emerged in the ensuing years and became the field force of the mission.

Therefore, by the end of the 1870s, African agents, including the Jamaicans, were working alongside the European missionaries. The Jamaicans had by now fully integrated and some had entered into marriage with local people.

In 1914, when the First World War broke out and the Basel missionaries were made to leave the Gold Coast, the task of sustaining the mission fell squarely on the shoulders of the local agents, and they held the fort satisfactorily until the arrival of the Scottish Mission team.

The Scottish team, led by the Rev. Dr. A.W. Wilkie, teamed up with the Africans and initiated a reform of the administrative structure of the church. Gradually the church moved from the centrally-controlled model and adopted a more democratic model in line with Reformed polity.

In 1918, Rev. Wilkie helped to organize the first Synod meeting of the church which elected the first Moderator, Rev. Peter Hall and the first Synod Clerk, Rev. N.T. Clerk, both of whom were descendant of the pioneer Jamaican missionaries.

When in 1926, the Basel missionaries were allowed to return, they found themselves having to fit into the new structure, and this they did although with a little reluctance. In any case, the cooperation between the Basel and Scottish missionaries on the one hand and the African agents on the other was rather cordial and ensured that the church continued to flourish and face the future with confidence.

The PCG has not looked back since. The PCG story would certainly have been different if local leadership had not been developed right from the beginning. That is why they also deserve mention at this time.

Today, the PCG is a key player in Ghanaian society; it has continued to make great strides in every area of life of the people of Ghana. By the end of 2004, the Church was running a total of 1,907 schools and a University.

It has been the champion of the use of local languages for 176 years and had done much work in reducing them into writing. A total of 37 health institutions and seven agricultural development programs were under the care of the church.

There is a thriving market ministry as well as a prison ministry run by competent agents of the church in addition to numerous initiatives in social evangelism at both national and local levels. Currently, the pervasive influence of the PCG is evident everywhere. Its members can now be found all over the world.

There are about twenty congregations bearing the name of the PCG in Western Europe and North America.

About 10 years ago, the Synod Committee sought a new direction for the church and took a decision to review the regulations, Practice and Procedure which had been the basis of our structure and government for many years.

This was the seventh time since 1918 that this document had been subjected to review, and it was meant to keep the church in tune with developments both within and without its environment. It was also meant to provide a constitution that would enable the introduction of the General Assembly system into t>he church’s administration.

The new constitution came into force in 2000 and Synod was accordingly abolished and replaced with the general assembly as the supreme court of the church. The stories of our involvement in the lives of the people can fill many books and we should continue telling it to succeeding generations. After 175 years, the PCG, with a membership of about 527,000 is still marching on, full of hope and promise.

She has faced and continues to face many challenges but has a store of achievements and experience that keeps her focused. It is a church that believes that her task is not yet accomplished for as long as there are still people in Ghana and elsewhere who do not belong to Christ. Spurred on by her motto, she looks forward to the day when the whole world will be one, united in that name which is above every name – JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD.



To uphold the Centrality of the Word of God and through the enablement of the Holy Spirit, pursue a holistic ministry so as to bring all of creation to glorify God;

  1. Mobilizing the entire Church for prayer
  2. Improving growth through evangelism and nurture
  3. Attaining Self- Sufficiency through effective resource mobilization

Core Values

  • The Centrality of the Word of God
  • Discipline
  • Hard work
  • Integrity
  • Humility
  • Unity
  • Upholding Democratic Principles
  • Godly Leadership and Skills Development
  • Sound Moral Principles
  • Upholding Democratic Principles


To be a Christ Centered, Self- Sustaining and Growing Church


Rev. Adom Sefa

Minister-in-charge - PCG Trinity Congregation/ Acting District Minister

Mrs. Joyce Bampo-Addo

District Clerk

Nana Kwame Okyere-Tawiah

District Treasurer

Mr. Aning King

Presbyter's Rep

Rev. Benbel Nana Owusu

Tent Minter - PCG Mount Zion

Mr. Jerry Oduro

M & E Chairperson

Mr. George Kumi

Lay Representative


Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. – Philippians 2:9-11

Testimonial Mrs. Joyce Bampo-Addo
Mrs. Joyce Bampo-Addo
Singing Band Member

In vain do you get up early and put off going to bed, working hard to earn a living; for he provides for his beloved, even when they sleep. - - Psalm 127:2

Testimonial Mr. Kwaku Obeng-Mensah
Mr. Kwaku Obeng-Mensah
Men's Fellowship member