…Promises Ultra-Modern Auditorium In 2020
By Alfred K. Dogbey
The leadership, as well as Pastoral Board of the McCarthy Hill branch of the Assemblies of God (Faith Chapel), has made a strong pledge to expand and transform the present outlook of the church by building an ultra-modern auditorium by the year 2020.
The church, led by the senior pastor, Rev Ben-NewLife Zotoo, made this promise last Sunday, December 6, during the climax of the 20 years anniversary celebration of the church, under the theme; “Celebrating 20years Of God’s Faithfulness”.
The respected senior pastor, told the heavily packed congregation including, their General Superintendent, Rev Dr. Paul Frimpong Manso, and other dignitaries present that, the church was currently working on getting more land to “build an ultra-modern church auditorium with a seating capacity of one thousand and two hundred”.
Speaking with strong assurance, Rev Zotoo said, “We are hopeful that the building project will be completed by 2020”. He said, this was to enable the church to accommodate the increasing number of the congregation.
The church, which started from a very deprived beginning under a canopy where it used for worship and also a porch, previously used for midweek services, currently, has a population of over four hundred and fifty.
Faith Chapel, which was established in January 1994, by Rev. Fred Eduam, was originally named ‘Centre of Faith’ and operated at its old site, McCarthy Hill Top.
Later, the church moved to its present location after spending only five months at the old site, where a new leadership, led by the late Rev. Obiri Yeboah and his wife, took over the running of the church.
Despite the numerous challenges and setback in building the church amidst protracted litigations over the land, the church came out strongly and continued with its evangelism.
Rev Zotoo, told The Herald that, during those moments in the church, life was very difficult as members of the church were at the mercy of the weather, either in the rain or under scotching sun, whilst worshipping.
At the time, the man of God, recalled the church room also suffered from heavy dust as a result of the ongoing road construction on the main Kaneshie to Winneba road, which at the time posed serious health hazard to the entire congregation.
Rev Zotoo who took over the church in 2002 and had played a very pivotal role during those difficult moments, vividly narrated that, “any time it rained during church service or any church programme, members were drenched in rain water, a situation that affected membership”.
After the battle has been won and the church developed to its present state, leadership under strong conviction in the year 2011, decided to rebrand the church and changed the name from ‘Centre of Faith’, to it current name, ‘Faith Chapel’.
The man of said, ‘Faith Chapel’ has desires to be a missionary church where men and women will be trained and to win souls for the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
“We shall go out at least ones in a year to the other regions for vigorous evangelism through donations, crusade and house to house witnessing”.
The church, also undertakes some social interventions including, giving scholarships to young members, support those in need and gives monthly allowances to widows in the church, among others.
Present during the ceremony included; the Volta Regional Minister, Helen Adjoa Ntoso, who represented the First Lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama, ACP Yousa T. Bonga, Deputy Greater Accra Regional Commander, who is also a member of the church, Rev. Dr. Sam Ato Bentil, Rev. Dr. Joselph K.K. Baisie, the Regional Superintendent of the Church, Rev. Edward Acquah-Mensah, the Weija District Pastor and among others.