The Ghana Baptist Convention which started as a mustard seed is growing into one of the largest denominations in Ghana.
The Convention’s early beginnings are associated with the Nigeria Baptist Convention. Nigeria Baptist brethren who came to Ghana (formerly known as Gold Coast) to trade started the First Baptist Church in Kumasi in 1927. Other Baptist churches were established by these traders in Cape Coast, Sekondi, Suhum, Asamankese, Akwatia, Sefwi-Bekwai, Techiman, and other locations.
They were constituted as the Yoruba Baptist Association in 1935, which made an appeal to both the Nigeria Baptist Convention and the Nigeria Baptist Mission (The Mission was made up of only Southern Baptist Convention missionaries working in Nigeria) to send some missionaries to start Baptist churches among the Ghanaians. This was because the Yoruba Baptist churches were failing to attract Ghanaians into their fold, since Yoruba language was used in all their worship services.
The Nigeria Baptist Mission in response to the request made by the Yoruba Baptist Association sent Rev. and Mrs. H. R. Littleton to Ghana in 1947 to start Baptist Churches among the indigenous people. The Yoruba Baptist Association was renamed Gold Coast Baptist Conference in the same year (1947) to enable the emerging Ghanaian Baptist Churches to be part of the Conference.
Their effort resulted in the establishment of the first indigenous Baptist Church in 1952 at Boamang in the Ashanti Region.
In 1957 when Ghana gained her independence from Britain, the Conference was renamed Ghana Baptist Conference. All this time the Conference was under the Nigeria Baptist Convention.
In 1963 the Nigeria Baptist Convention granted the Ghana Baptist Conference autonomy.
The Conference was renamed Ghana Baptist Convention in January, 1964. The Convention worked in partnership with the International Mission Board (IMB) of the Southern Baptist Convention, U.S.A. until the IMB changed her mission strategy to pursue the people group concept. Thus the IMB’s support to the Convention in terms of personnel and finance tapered from the year 2000 to 2009, when it came to an end.
The Ghana Baptist Mission established the Baptist Medical Centre in Nalerigu in the Northern Region, the Pastors Training School (now Northern Ghana Baptist Theological Seminary) in Tamale, the Sadler Baptist College, (now Kumasi Academy) and the Ghana Baptist Seminary, (now the School of Theology & Ministry of the Ghana Baptist University College) in Abuakwa, near Kumasi.
The Ghana Baptist Convention has been in partnership with other Baptist bodies or churches to carry out the vision God has given to her in Ghana and beyond.
Some of our partners are:
- American Baptist Churches International Ministries (ABC/IM)
- American Baptist Churches of Metro-Chicago, USA
- The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM)
- National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. (NBCA)
- First Baptist Church, Midland, Michigan, USA
- First Baptist Church, Raleigh, USA
- Korean Peninsula Baptist Church, Virginia, USA
- Southern Hill Baptist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
- Laurel First Baptist Church, Maryland, USA
- Every Day Ministry, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
- Kairos 10 Ministries, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
- UK Support Group
- Danish Mission Council Development Department/International City Baptist Church, Denmark/ Baptist Union of Denmark
- Baptist World Aid
- Christian Children Fund of Canada
- Ghana International Health Foundation, Canada
The Convention is also a member of the Baptist World Alliance, All Africa Baptist Fellowship, All Africa Baptist Fellowship Western Region, Christian Council of Ghana, Ghana Evangelism Committee among others.
The Following are the former Presidents who were assisted by the Executive Committee of the Convention
- 1963 – 1965 – Rev. J.A Imosun
- 1965 – 1967 – Rev. E.O. Ojebiji
- 1967 – 1969 – Rev. Dr. J.A. Boadi
- 1969 – 1971 – Rev. J. K. Nkrumah
- 1971 – 1977 – Deacon N. E. Obeng
- 1977 – 1985 – Deacon L. Sarpong Mensah
- 1985 – 1988 – Rev. Steve A. Williams
- 1986 – 1992 – *Deacon Joseph Quansah
- 1988 – 1992 – *Rev. Kojo Osei-Wusuh
- 1992 – 2000 – Rev. Dr. Fred Deegbe
- 2000 – 2006 – Rev. Dr. Kojo Osei-Wusuh
- 2006 – 2013 – Rev. Stephen. K. Asante
*In 1986, due to some misunderstanding, the Ghana Baptist Convention was split into 2: The Ghana Baptist Convention and the Ghana Baptist Convention Cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention. This explains why Deacon Joseph Quansah and Rev. Kojo Osei-Wusuh were Presidents at the same period (and same overlaps in the list of General Secretaries).
The following were the General Secretaries:
- 1963 – 1965 – Rev. D. C. Cather
- 1965 – 1971 – Rev. Dr. W. E. Verner
- 1971 – 1973 – Rev. Dr. J. A. Boadi
- 1973 – 1976 – Rev. D. D. Agyare
- 1976 – 1986 – Rev. Dr. J. A. Boadi
- 1987 – 1992 – Rev. David Hermenoo (GBC, SBC)
- 1986 – 1988 – General Secretary Council (Rev. Kojo Amo, Rev. Stephen K. Asante, Rev. Kojo Osei-Wusuh)
- 1988 – 1989 – Rev. Kojo Amo
- 1989 – Rev. G. S. Mallet
- 1989 – 1991 – Rev. Ben Epton
- 1991 – 2000 – Rev. Dr. Frank Adams
- 2000 – 2010 – Rev. Kojo Amo
- 2010 – 2013 – Rev. David N. Ocansey (Acting and Substantive)
In 2013, the Ghana Baptist Convention adopted a new constitution which abolished the position of the General Secretary and created the positions of The Executive President to lead the organization with 2 Vice-Presidents for Ministries and Administration.
- The first Executive President is Rev. Dr. Ernest Adu-Gyamfi
- Vice-President (Ministries) is Rev. Enoch N. N.Thompson
- Vice-President (Administration) is Rev. Washington Komla Darke