Pastor Dr. Mensa Otabil is a respected Ghanaian theologian and Christian statesman, a well-tested pastor, an educator, a philanthropist, a motivational speaker, and an entrepreneur. He is the founder of International Central Gospel Church headquartered in Accra, Ghana and oversees the multi-faceted network of ministries of the International Central Gospel Church worldwide. In 2013 he was considered the 24th most influential Ghanaian.
He serves as the senior pastor of Christ Temple, a ministry of the International Central Gospel Church, with a congregation in the tens of thousands. His over-riding passion is to see the timeless principles of the Bible made applicable to the renewal and transformation of Africa. His messages speak to the pertinent concerns of a continent and people seeking solutions to their perplexing challenges.
Dr. Otabil is the founder and chancellor of Central University College, Ghana’s premier private university and serves on several Boards and Trusts of organizations. He is committed to human uplifting and presents the inspirational radio and television broadcast – The Living Word. He has authored numerous books and is a highly sought-after speaker at major conferences and mega churches around the world.
THE FOUNDING OF ICGC- CHRIST TEMPLE, Accra, Ghana
ICGC was officially inaugurated as a church on the 26th of February 1984, in Accra, Ghana under founding father, Rev. Dr. Mensa Otabil. The first meeting was held in a small classroom with an initial membership of just about twenty people. From February 1984 to April 1986, the membership grew to about one hundred and eighty (180) adults in regular attendance. The early meetings of the church were held in several facilities which included classrooms, a private residence, a public hall, a science laboratory, a mechanical workshop, and a movie theater.
In May 1986, the church settled in a rented scout hall – the Baden Powell Memorial Hall – which became its home for ten years. During this ten-year period, the membership rose to over 4,000. This period also saw aggressive missionary church planting activities with local assemblies established in almost all the major towns and cities of Ghana. Several other churches were also planted in cities in Europe and the United States. The first congregation which was established in February 1984, now designated as the Christ Temple Assembly, has directly planted over forty other churches out of the original congregation in the Accra – Tema metropolis of Ghana alone.
In 1988, the ICGC established a ministerial institute to train a new generation of leaders to carry out its vision. From the initial six-month certificate in ministry, the college has developed into the premier private-owned University in Ghana known as the Central University College. Also in 1988, the church instituted an educational scholarship scheme, known as Central Aid, to finance the education of selected needy students in pre-tertiary educational institutions. This scheme is now considered the largest non-governmental scholarship program for students in pre-tertiary education in Ghana.
The International Central Gospel Church is a socially conscious Christian church which upholds the philosophy of human dignity and excellence. It engages in promoting and staging events whose impact have reached to the depths of the Ghanaian society and brought Christ to the doorsteps of the people all over the world.