The Church of Pentecost in Australia started as a prayer group in the residence of Elder Dr. and Dr. Mrs. Ammish Adu in Sydney, where a small group of 15 members met in 1991. Notable among this group were Elders Sam Amachie-Agyei, Thomas Osei Offeh, Peter Dwomoh, Akuamoah Boateng, Brother Evans Amoah and Sister Obaa Yaa. The group moved from Sydenham to Tempe in 1996 after the transfer of Elder Dr. Ammish and family to Canberra. The group was blessed with the addition of Elder Solomon Attuah in the same year. He had arrived from Ghana to undertake a Master’s degree programme.
The Missions Board delegated Pastor Kwesi Ansah, then missionary and National Head of the Church in Israel, to visit Australia. He visited the fellowship on three occasions between 1998 and 1999. This was followed by the visit of the then Pastor Emmanuel Konney, from Belgium. The membership in Sydney grew to 40 committed members after a series of revival meetings both in Sydney and Melbourne. Pastor Kwesi Ansah assigned the administration and registration of the Church with the Australian Authorities to Elders Amachie-Agyei and Osei Offeh, whilst Elder Solomon Attuah was appointed Presiding Elder of the Sydney fellowship. Elders Amachie-Agyei and Osei Offeh, after much effort, obtained the incorporated certificate of registration on 1st June, 1998.
The Church was registered as “The Church of Pentecost International, Australia Inc.” with registration number Y2810432 and received its charitable certificate on 12th July, 1999. Officers or members of the management committee lodged with the authorities were Elders Sam Amachie-Agyei, Thomas Offeh, Mark Ofosu-Agyei, Sisters Pat Anaman and Comfort Amachie-Agyei. The Church also received its Australian Business Number (ABN) 82 720 492 687 on 8th June, 2000. The Melbourne Assembly was pioneered through the joint efforts of Pastor Peter Joe-Andah (then an Elder), Elders Otis Conrad Oti, Anthony Koduah and Emmanuel Osafo.
The work in Australia has been greatly assisted by various ministers such as Apostles B. K. Arthur (Rtd) the then IMD, J. S. Gyimah and S. K. Baidoo. These men of God positively impacted the foundation building during their official visits to Australia. On November 8, 2000, the first resident missionary, Apostle R. Ato Addison arrived to take charge of the work in Australia. He was inducted into office by Apostle S. K. Baidoo and assisted by Apostle Alex Osei Bonsu, the then National Head in the USA. During his term of office, he called Pastor Peter Joe-Andah into the fulltime ministry and Pastor Benjamin Quansah into the Tent-Ministry to have oversight responsibility for the work in Canberra and Melbourne respectively. Elder Sam Amakye-Agyei was also appointed National Deacon.
In June 2001, a list of the updated management committee members was submitted to the Australian authorities. This comprised Apostle R. Ato Addison as National Head/Missionary-in-Charge, Elder Sam Amachie-Agyei as National Deacon, Elder Dr. Ammish Adu as National Secretary, Elders Thomas Osei Offeh, Seth Ntiamoah, Otis Conrad Oti, Eric Amankwah as members and Deaconess Bernadette Agyapong as Youth Co-coordinator. Apostle Dr. M. K. Ntumy, the then chairman of the Church also paid his first visit to this mission field that same year of 2001. The Church sought ways of expansion to fulfill its mandate. In Brisbane a small cell was started. In June 2005, Apostle R. Ato-Addison and Pastor Ben Quansah made a scouting visit to New Zealand. At the General Council meetings of 2005, Apostle R. Ato Addison was recalled to Ghana. On November 26, 2005 Apostle R. Ato Addison’s farewell service was held and Apostle Peter Ayerakwa assumed duty on January 22, 2006 as the National Head.
The Church had grown into three districts with ten assemblies and a total committed adult membership of about 467 in three states of Australia as at the end of 2005. The Church in Australia currently has over thousand members and is growing everyday by the grace of our Lord.
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