Headquartered in Accra, Ghana, the Church of Pentecost traces its roots far back to June 1931, when God made a covenant with a group of worshipers through a prophecy that He would raise a nation out of Africa that would be a spearhead and light to the world, heralding the 2nd Coming of Christ; and that the Gold Coast (now Ghana) had been chosen to fulfill this eternal Will and purpose of God. The prophecy continued that He (God) would accomplish this through a White Missionary from Europe who would come to lead the group in future, and the group which through many trials, tribulations, temptations and persecutions would be nurtured, protected and grow spiritually and numerically, would become a great International Pentecostal church which would send missionaries from the country, the then Gold Coast to all parts of Africa and the world as a whole. Six years after the above prophecy (1937), Pastor James McKeown was sent to Ghana, by the Apostolic Church, Bradford, UK at the request of the Apostolic faith Church. With time, a series of doctrinal differences among the people resulted into a denominational split where the Asamankese leaders broke away from Pastor McKeown to form the Christ Apostolic Church.
Pastor McKeown and his group, which later in 1961 adopted the name “The Church of Pentecost”, embarked on massive evangelism through conventions and rallies, which resulted in an explosion of Pentecostalism in Ghana. In its effort to spread throughout the entire nation of Ghana, the church, under the chairmanship of Pastor McKeown, held its first convention at Winneba in December 1939, with over two hundred members in attendance. In April of 1940, during the Easter session, the church held its first General convention also at Winneba, with over four hundred attendees. The strong men behind Rev. McKeown were: Revs. J. S. Gyimah, S. R. Asomaning, S.W. Dufour, S. H. Ankamah, J. A. Bimpong, and R. O. Hayford (the first Evangelist of the Apostolic Church). Through this effort, the church opened branches all over the country (Ghana), beside its external branches.
Here in the United States, the church, started with a handful of people in 1988, now has branches in over 27 states, with over eleven thousand members; and it continues to grow through vigorous evangelistic outreach. The Church of Pentecost comprises six movements operating in different ministries, which accommodate people of all ages.