Glory to God in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:21 NLT.
The establishment of the Church of Pentecost world-wide is one of humble beginnings. Its roots date back to the dedicated ministry of an Irish Missionary of the Apostolic Church, Bradford, UK, Pastor James Mckeown (1900-1989). While in Ghana, then called Gold Coast, Pastor Mckeown nurtured a group of believers of the Apostolic Faith led by one Peter Anim at Asamankese in the Eastern region of Ghana. This group was yearning for the fruit and power of the Holy Spirit. From that modest beginning, the Church has undergone various transformations and grown, spreading to many parts of the world and precisely hundred and one (101) in all the continents including the Church of Pentecost in Norway.
The Church of Pentecost International, Norway was established through some brethren who migrated from Ghana and other African countries to Norway. These pioneering brethren initiated a prayer group called the International Prayer Group (IPG) in 1985 in Oslo. Their meeting place was the home of Brother George (now an Elder of the Church) and his wife, Patience K. Arthur (now a deaconess). They shared fellowship and reached out to other foreigners who were yearning for a place to have Christian fellowship.
Eventually, this precursor group grew and some of the Leaders, as directed by God, nursed the vision of establishing a Church in Norway. Fortunately, during the 16th World Pentecostal Conference held in Oslo (1992), Brother George Arthur together with brother, now Dr. Andrews Antobreh, hosted some of the eleven-member delegation from the Church of Pentecost Ghana. This delegation was led by the Chairman of the Church of Pentecost at the time, Prophet Martinson Kwadwo Yeboah. Among the eleven-member delegation were Apostle R. Ato Addison (then the General Secretary), Apostle, now Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, (then the International Missions Director), Apostle Dr. Michael K. Ntumy, Apostle Alfred Koduah, Prophet James O. Amaniampong and other Pastors. Through that divinely planned meeting, the Church of Pentecost International, Norway was born in the year 1992.
From its inception, the Church in Norway has survived many storms and challenges but in all, the Grace of God has been sufficient for His Church. God has used many devoted members and officers to bring the Church to its present magnificent status – all whose names could not be mentioned due to limited space. May Christ Jesus, the Head of the Church, honour them in His own way.
By the Grace of God, the church now has seven congregations namely; the Pentecost International worship Centre (PIWC), Akan and Impact assemblies in Oslo, and the Bergen, Drammen, Stavanger, and Trondheim assemblies. The Church has a thriving membership of over 500 made up of 201 women, 155 men and 156 children. Furthermore, the Church has acquired its own place of worship and a mission house for resident missionaries.
It is worthy of note that the headquarters of the Church in Ghana, has continued to offer support over the past decades by sending seasoned missionaries to the Church in Norway. These Missionaries have served in the capacity of Heads of the Church with the responsibility to manage the Church through training, teaching, counselling and shepherding the flock. Currently, the Resident Missionary for the Church is Apostle Emmanuel and Mrs. Matilda Amarh Quaye.
Apostle Abraham and Mrs. Theresa Lincoln Angoh (1994 – Three Months)
Pastor Rtd. Kwame Blankson and Mrs. Ernestina Blankson (1997-2000)
Pastor Jones Awuah Afrifa (2001 – for three months)
Pastor Thomas Osei and Mrs. Esther Osei (2002-2007)
Apostle Joseph Kwame Assabil and Mrs. Rebecca Assabil (2007-2011)
Apostle Andrews Darko Donkor and Mrs. Darko Donkor (2012-2016)
The Church is grateful to God for how far He has brought His Church and for the greater things He will do. The Church is aiming to become a spirit-filled Pentecostal Church that is culturally relevant in vibrant evangelism, church planting, discipleship and holistic ministry – and becoming a haven where answers to questions in life are found. And by the leading of the Spirit of God this vision will be accomplished. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord of Hosts” Zech. 4:6 KJV.