The Church of Pentecost, like most great institutions, started in a small way. The Church’s beginnings are linked to the ministry of Pastor James McKeown (1900-1989); an Irish missionary sent by the Apostolic Church, Bradford, United Kingdom (UK), to the then Gold Coast (now Ghana) in 1937 to help a group of believers of the Apostolic Faith led by Rev. Peter Newman who later became the founder of Christ Apostolic Church in a town called Asamankese.
Due to doctrinal differences bed on divine healing, the group split in 1939 into the Christ Apostolic Church and the Apostolic Church, Gold Coast. The latter saw great expansion under Pastor James McKeown. In 1953, a constitutional crisis led to the founding of Gold Coast Apostolic Church lead by Pastor James McKeown.
On the attainment of independence by the country in 1957 and following the changes of its name to Ghana, the Gold Coast Apostolic Church was renamed the Ghana Apostolic Church. The split in 1953 did not end the crisis. New conflicts compelled the then President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Dr Kwame Nkrumah, to advise the leadership of the Ghana Apostolic Church to adopt a new name in order to foster peace and harmony on the Pentecostal front. Therefore, on August 1, 1962, the new name, The Church of Pentecost, legally replaced the Ghana Apostolic Church.
Pastor Edmund Yeboah Appiah was posted to take responsibility for the Church as National Head both for Finland and Denmark. Pastor Edmund built on the foundation laid by his predecessors and ensured that the church forges a good relationship with other Pentecostal churches in Copenhagen.
In his attempt to reach out to other nationals who could not understand Akan, which was the medium of expression, the PIWC was set up in January 2014. This helped to bring other nationals such as Danes, Togolese, and Cameroonians into the church. The Elder Anthony Ayanovi became the first Presiding Elder of PIWC.
City Prayer Centre (CPC)
He initiated and inaugurated the CPC to serve as a spirit-filled interdenominational prayer time for the city of Copenhagen which is led by the PIWC.
Pastor Edmund had the vision to see with the spread of the church to other major cities in Denmark. This led to the inauguration of an Assembly in Odense in August 2015, Elder Edduggle Akwetey was appointed to act as the Presiding Elder for the new assembly.
Pastor Emmanuel Ennin on September 2015 was posted to Denmark and took over the responsibility of National Head. His coming was timely and relieved Pastor Edmund Yeboah Appiah to concentrate as National Head of Finland.
Through his initiative, the “Spiritual Clinic” was instituted. This is an open prayer session held on every Wednesday for all people from different background to come and refill their spiritual tank through intensive prayers