Pastor Mensa Otabil is the Founder and General Overseer of the International Central Gospel churches which has a network of local assemblies in Ghana, Europe, the United States and other parts of Africa. He also serves as Senior Pastor of Christ Temple in Accra. He is also the Chancellor of Ghana’s premier private University – The Central University College (CUC).
The International Central Gospel Church – ICGC – is an Evangelical, Charismatic Christian Church. It was officially inaugurated as a church on the 26 th of February 1984, in Accra, Ghana. The first meeting was held in a small classroom with a total of twenty people.
Born 31 August 1959, Pastor Mensa also presents a radio and television programme called “Living Word” where he addresses life issues such as religion, economic development, family life, education and politics.
The International Central Gospel Church is an Evangelical Christian Church. 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 a total of 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 cinema theater. 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.
CENTRAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
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. The university was later incorporated in June 1991 under the name Central Bible College. The college later upgraded its programmes to the baccalaureate level and expanded it programme to include an integrated and practice-oriented business school. The Recently in October 2006 the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences was established.
A Lecturer, Author, Consultant and a motivational speaker, Pastor Mensa is a devoted husband to his wife Joy and father to their four children – Sompa, Nhyira, Yoofi and Baaba.