Dr. Mensa Otabil is a respected Christian statesman: a well-tested pastor. He also serves as the senior pastor of Christ Temple, a ministry of the International Central Gospel Church, with a congregation in the tens of thousand. 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.an educator, an entrepreneur, and a motivational speaker. He founded International Central Gospel Church and oversees the multi-faceted network of ministries of the International Central Gospel Church worldwide, with its headquarters in Accra, Ghana.
Dr. Otabil is chancellor at Ghana’s premier private university "Central University College'. He also 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 he is highly sought-after speaker at major conferences and mega churches around the continents of the world.He and his wife Joy reside in Ghana’s capital city of Accra with their four children; Sompa, Nhyira, Yoofi Abotare and Baaba Aseda.
History of ICGC
The International Central Gospel Church – ICGC – is an Evangelical, Charismatic Christian Church. Dr Mensa Otabil is its Founder and General Overseer. It was officially inaugurated as a church on the 26th of February 1984, in Accra, Ghana. 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 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 cinema theatre.In May 1986, the church settled in a rented scout hall – the Baden Powell Memorial Hall – which became its home for the next ten years. This hall was renovated to enable it to accommodate the fast-growing membership of the church. 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 about 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.
Again 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 programme for students in pre-tertiary education in Ghana. The International Central Gospel Church is a socially conscious Christian church with 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.