HISTORY OF THE CHURCH
Apostolic Temple Of Christ of today has gone through a series of ups and downs over the years. It all started from the year 1986 when there was a breakaway from the united Pentecostal church international –Ghana (UPCI-Ghana) with the reasons of perceived bad administration, financial malfeasance, overburdening of local assemblies and the neglect of duty of the national headquarters.
This breakaway from the mother church became successful following the earlier resignation of Reverend Andrew K. Mensah from UPCI-Ghana who was the regional presbyter and overseer of the bibiani assembly.
Rev. Andrew K. Mensah founded the Bonkrong assembly and he was very instrumental and influential in most assemblies of UPCI-Ghana. His resignation was cited on personal grounds. It was later on established, when he was invited by the elders of bonkrong and asuafu assemblies that, he was been maltreated, there was disregard for his ministry and undue favouritism on the part of the national quarters.
The Bonkrong and Asuafu assembies by then wrote to the national board on their intention to break away from the UPCI-Ghana. The national board delegated the then general secretary Rev.E. N Apemah and Rev. Owusu Ansah to address the issue they admonished the assemblies to resent to their decision as they were going to make ammends, but the problems were rather too much to overlook them.
On these grounds, Bonkrong and Asuafu assemblies formed the united Pentecostal church of Christ in December 1986. Brother Alexander Opoku was a teacher in new Koforidua near Samproso. He helped rekindled the fire in Samproso assembly which was at the verge of collapse and thus assembly became part of the new church.
Shortly in the same year, Pastor John Karikari Asiamah who was a police officer and a pastor in the Tema assembly of the UPCI-Ghana introduced to the new church, another church based in the USA by name United Pentecostal Church of God for partnership but the merger could not hold since he realized some doctrinal differences.
In the year 1987, some UPCI assemblies in solidarity to Pastor Andrew K. Mensah, left the UPCI-Ghana. All the breakaway churches came together under the name, Christ Pentecostal ministry (CPM). The likes of Rev. Asare, brother Agamah, brother Amoako who were very vibrant in UPCI-Ghana with the Tema assembly had joined. The Tema assembly was headed by Rev Nartey. Dc Aboagye Dakosta was the overseer of obuasi assembly.Edubase assembly was headed by Rev Aidoo, Brother Charles Donkor was took charge of samproso and abrokyire assemblies, Ejisu assembly was manned by Rev Antwi Boasiako,Elder Alexander Opoku, Elder Mensah , Brother Peprah and Dc Samuel Owusu Achiaw were also instrumental in Bonkrong and Asuafu assemblies.
One pastor Amo Boateng from Effiduase had heard of the oneness of God faith from Pastor Antwi Boasiako, joined the church. Pastor Amo Boateng later was made to head the Samproso assembly.
Rev. Asare (late) became the president of CPM. Brother Amoako was the general secretary and brother Agamah, the treasurer and Pastor Andrew K. Mensah was in charge of Ashanti region. In the event,Pastor Antwi Boasiako took the Edubisae assembly back to UPCI. Ps Aidoo also took the obuasi assembly back to the UPCI and likewise The Ejisu assembly.
Even though Pastor John Karikari Asiamah was a pastor in UPCI, he paid visit to Bonkrong assembly frequently since his heart was with the assembly. He introduced Holy temple church of the lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith based in the United States of America, which was on a mission to Ghana, to the CPM for a merger in 1989. At this time, a controversy on the use of ornaments and the hair do had arisen between churches in greater Accra and Ashanti. Assemblies in Ashanti Region believed that the Christian mode of dressing is modesty and not the use of ornaments and hairdo.The merger between the Holy Temple church and CPM became fruitful since there was conformity of belief.
Pastor Karikari who had left the UPCI was a pastor in the new assembly in Tema. One Rev. Dapaah from Asesewa became the president of Holy temple church, Ghana. Rev. D.K Ansah of Samproso was made the vice president and Pastor Andrew K. Mensah, the general secretary and Dc. Amoako, the treasurer. Since Pastor Karikari was preparing for his retirement from the police service, Pastor Andrew K. Mensah was made to oversee the Tema assembly in his stead.
Dc Owusu Kwabena , a teacher was transferred from Samproso school to Nkenkaasu Methodist School. He helped to plant an assembly there and later pastor Amo Boateng was made to oversee the assembly.
The church had another preaching point at Offinso and so Pastor Amo Boateng went there to help plant another church, since Samproso and Nkenkaasu assemblies were doing well.
In the year 1992, Rev. Dapah and Rev. K Ansah left Holy Temple with the reason that, they were disappointed with the merger. They said they were not receiving the necessary help from the international quarters. The general secretary became the president.
In the year 1993, the brother of Pastor Andrew K. Mensah who had returned from abroad convinced him to go back to UPCI-Ghana. He left Holy Temple with the Tema members to UPCI-Ghana. Same time in the year, Pastor Karikari had retired from the police service. He came to Kumasi and planted a church( with his family) at Atonsu (nyame wo baabia junction) with the help of the then Elder Agyemeng(now Pastor Agyemang) and Elder George Addai(pastor Addai)He assumed the position of the president of the church. The Atonsu assembly was moved to its current place in Adum in the year 1996.
By this time the church could boast of Adum ,Bonkrong,Asuafu,Nsuta,Offinso, Samproso and Nkenkaasu assemblies.
Sometime in the year 1994, a church was started at trede to the credit of Mr Paul Ackah , ably aided Mr Addai(late), , Auntie Ama and Dc. Asamoah .Elder George Addai and Rev Andrew K. Mensah( who had come back from UPCI-Ghana) were made to oversee the assembly at different times but several factors including personal challenges and the demise of Mr Addai led to the collapse of the assembly.
The current name of the church, APOSTOLIC TEMPLE OF CHRIST, was adopted by the leadership of the church at a board meeting in 1997 held at Trede. The church even though has been registered under the name Holy Temple church, the adoption was made So that the church would not be mistaken for one spiritual church called Holy Temple Church.
In the year 2005, Pastor Amo Boateng initiated a breakaway from the church with the aid of some members of the seven men prayer warriors of the church. (Pastor Anthony Agyapong, Pastor Owusu Kwabena, Pastor Jacob Sarkodie and Elder George Addai) Their concern was that, the name of the church be changed to apostolic Living Ministry. This issue brought about the breakaway of some assemblies like Nsuta,Offinso, and some members of the Nkenkaasu assembly.
The church however gathered itself by organizing retreats, conventions, youth campings and the likes. In the process, same year 2005, Elder mark agyemang (who was assisting Bishop John Karikari Asiamah) and Elder Samuel Owusu Achiaw( the national secretary) were ordained pastors . Some vaunt members were also elevated as Deacons to help the cause of the work of God.
Afterwards, a long lasting controversy on the covering of the Christian woman deepened given rise to the present state of the church.
At a board meeting held in Adum, in December 2007, it was concluded that, the covering of the woman be maintained with the artificial veil rather than the natural hair during church meeting. During an annual convention in Bonkrong same month, the national president of the women’s fellowship was made to step down since she came to church with her natural hair and not putting on a veil through an announcement by the national secretary.
It was later on agreed in another board meeting that the assemblies shall fellowship under the same name APOSTOLIC TEMPLE OF CHRIST such that programmes will be organized differently among assemblies with different views.
Elder Atta Boadi also left the church with some members to plant the BODY OF CHRIST MINISTRY even though he sometimes visits APOSTOLIC TEMPLE OF CHRIST with his members. All attempts to merge with his church have proved futile.
Today, Bonkrong, Asuafu, Samproso, Nkenkaasu and Anomangye assemblies believe that the covering of the Christian woman during church meetings is a material veil and thus practice so and fellowship together. Adum, Ejisu and Ashanti Mampong assemblies also fellowship together with the belief that, the covering of the Christian woman is the natural unshaven, unshorn long hair at all times.
We know that, this controversy shall be over someday, for it is divinely orchestrated for the expansion of the body of Christ.