History of Methodism

The Methodist Church Ghana came into existence as a result of the missionary activities of the Wesleyan Methodist Church which was inaugurated with the arrival of the Rev’d Joseph Rhodes Dunwell in January, 1835, in the Gold Coast (Ghana). Like the mother Church, the Methodist Church in Ghana was established from a core of persons with Anglican background. Missionaries, notably Roman Catholics and Anglicans had come to the Gold Coast from the 15th Century. Their activities did not see much success. What was left was a school established in Cape Coast by the Anglicans during the time of Rev’d Philip Quaque, a Ghanaian priest.

Those who came out of this school had scriptural knowledge. They also had scriptural materials which were supplied by the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge. It was not surprising that one of the local Bible study groups was known by this name in addition to other names.

It was a member of one of such Bible study groups, William De-Graft, who requested for Bibles through one Captain Potter of the ship called ‘Congo’.

Through Captain Potter’s instrumentality, not only were Bibles sent, but also a Methodist missionary. In the first eight years of the Church’s life, 11 out of 21 Missionaries who worked in the Gold Coast died. Thomas Birch Freeman, who arrived at the Gold Coast in 1838 was a great pioneer of Missionary expansion. Between 1838 and 1857 he carried Methodism from the Coastal areas to Kumasi in the Asante hinterland of the Gold Coast. He also established Methodist Societies in Badagry and AbeoKuta in Nigeria with the assistance of William De-Graft.

By 1854, the Church had been organized into circuits constituting a District with Rev’d T.B. Freeman as Chairman. However, Rev’d Freeman was replaced in 1856 by Rev’d William West. On 6th February, 1878, Synod took steps that were confirmed at the British Conference in July, 1878, that the District should be divided into two for effective ministries. The District had then extended to include areas in the then Gold Coast and Nigeria. The two districts were:

  • Gold Coast (Ghana) District, with Rev’d T.R. Picot as Chairman.
  • Yoruba and Popo, District with Rev’d John Milum as Chairman.

Methodist evangelization of Northern Ghana began in 1910. After a long period of conflict with the Colonial Government, Missionary work was finally established in 1955, with Rev. Paul Adu as the first indigenous missionary of Northern Ghana.

In July 1961, the Methodist Church in Ghana became autonomous, and was called the Methodist Church Ghana, based on a Deed of Foundation. This deed of Foundation is enshrined in the Constitution and Standing Orders of our Church.

Currently, the Methodist Church Ghana, is one of the leading Churches in our country, with a total membership of over 600,000. The Church has 17 dioceses, 3,814 societies, 1,066 pastors, 15,920 local preachers, 24,100 Lay Leaders, many schools, an orphanage, hospitals and clinics.

Contact us

Wesley Methodist Cathedral

Accra-Ghana

P.O. Box GP249 Accra

This Week’s Activities

I. DAWN PRAYER MEETINGS: 5:00a.m - 6:00a.m
Mon. 3rd Jun., Prayer will be led by Sis. Dorcas Mensah
Wed. 5th Jun., Prayer will be led by Sis. Joyce Buxton
Fri. 7th Jun., Prayer will be led by Seventy Band
II. BIBLE STUDY AND PRAYER (TARRY) is held every Tuesday in the Cathedral from 9:00am - 12noon.
III. WEDNESDAY PRAYER MEETING: is held every Wednesday in this Cathedral from 6:30 - 7:30pm.
IV. THE WESLEYAN HOUR OF GRACE, Anointing And Communion Service is held on the first Saturday of each month from 5:30-7:00am. Next date is July 2, 2019.


CONFIRMATION CLASSES FOR ADULTS

has also started for unconfirmed members who are 45yrs and above and want to be confirmed as full members of the church. Time 5:30pm.


BURIAL SERVICE

for the late Bro. Jacob Moitey Sacker, Aged 82yrs. There will be no wake-keeping. Burial, and Memorial Service will be on Friday, 14th June, 2019, in this Cathedral. Time 8:00 am. Thanksgiving service will be on Sunday, 16th June, 2019.

Also for the Late Sis. Victoria Koshie France , Aged 76, Burial and Memorial Service will be on Friday, 21st June, 2019 in this Cathedral. Time 8am. Thanksgiving service will be on 23rd June 2019.


LAY PREACHERS SCHOOL

is currently in session for both part one and two candidates. All continuing students and interested persons should register their names at the Society Office.


LUNCH PRAYER SESSION

is on going with exception of Sundays from 12:00-100pm for the forty day lent (prayer & fasting).
kindly note that there will also be a Full Service on Wednesday Evenings(Prayer & Fasting) follows after the Ash Wednesday. Lunch Prayer Session would be held daily from 12:00-100pm.


MTN MOBILE MONEY ACCOUNT

Accra Wesley Cathedral (024-562-2935)


WESLEYAN TELEVISION (WTV)

The official television station of the Methodist Church Ghana is LIVE on air now. KINDLY RE-SCAN YOUR TELEVISIONS TO TUNE IN AND WATCH.


VACATION CLASSES FOR SHS 1 STUDENTS

The faculty of Education and Entrepreneurship of the Methodist University College Ghana (MUCG) is currently running a 7 week vacation classes for Green Track Students. This programme ends on 28th June, 2019.


HARVEST COMMITTEE MEETING

Will be held on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 At 5:30pm at the Vestry.


MEN’S MINI HARVEST

comes off on the 30th of June 2019. All are entreated to partake towards the success of the harvest.


WORDS OF INSPIRATION

“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do it. But your ATTITUDE determines how well you do it”
[Lou Holtz]


QUOTATION FOR THE WEEK

“For we speak as messengers approved by God to be entrusted with the Good News. Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts”.
[1 Thessalonians 2:4 ]


APPOINTMENTS FOR NEXT SUNDAY

The Wesley Cathedral, Joint Service, Starting at 8:30 am
Preacher: Very Rev. Dr. Nana Kwesi Bart-Plange
Liturgist: Bro. H. O. Dodoo
Bible Readers: Sis. Eugenia Aryeetey; Bro. Joel Atrebi and Sis. Victoria Acquaye-Baddo

Rev. Dagadu Memorial, Osu
1st Ser.: Very Rev. Godson Nii Amu Akushie
2nd Ser.: Very Rev. Godson Nii Amu Akushie
Youth Ser.: Sis. Dr. Cecilia Torto
Kuku Hill: Bro. Moses Sarblah
Labone: Sis. Regina Opoku Akoto