Ghana Christian University College (formerly Ghana Christian College & Seminary) was established in 1966 by American and Ghanaian Christians to train Africa Evangelists, Teachers and Minister of the Gospel. The founders hoped to provide a chance for anyone, from any church background, to be taught the truth from God’s Word without denominational bias.
For the first four years of its operations, the University was housed in rented buildings in Kokomlemle-Accra. In 1970 a campus was purchased in Abeka-Accra, where the University was re-located. In 1986 additional property was purchased in Abeka to provide more housing for students and staff members. These facilities were inadequate for one hundred students, with boarding facilities for ninety students. The library currently holds about 9,000 volumes, 20 periodicals, and 319 electronic journals with more books being added regularly.
The University has been a Correspondent School with the Accrediting Council for Theological Education in Africa (ACTEA) since 1985. In November, 1987, the College’s status with ACTEA was raised from Correspondence to that of ACTEA Affiliate and member of the ACTEA Consortium of Theological Colleges. In 2005 the College achieved Candidature status.
Degree and Diploma in Theology
The National Accreditation Board of the Ministry of Education of Ghana accredited the degree and diploma programmes of the College in 1998. From its beginning, Ghana Christian University College has offered a diploma programme and a bachelor’s degree. Several degree graduates have successfully completed graduate studies at seminaries in the USA and UK. As a result, most American seminaries will accept graduates recommended by the University as graduate students. These seminaries are accredited in the USA with their respective regional accrediting associations as well as with the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the accrediting association of graduate seminaries in the USA.
The University has operated outreach branches in other cities pf Ghana namely, Kumasi (Ashanti Region) and Ho (Volta Region). A 4-week intensive course of classes is held on campus during each long vacation, leading to offer three successive years, to a certificate. A three-year residential programme leading to a higher certificate for those who do not meet the tertiary level requirements.
In 1991, the University celebrated its Silver Jubilee and recorded that graduates at the time totalled 172, of which eight had been females and 164 had been males. Twelve came from other countries [Nigeria (9), Cameroon (1), Togo (1), and Uganda (1)]. The remaining 160 graduates were Ghanaians. Since 1991, further graduations have increased the total number of graduates to 1,000. The great majority of these graduates serving the Lord Jesus Christ across the world. They are serving as pastors, teachers, principals, vice principals academic deans, lecturers in Bible colleges, and proprietors of schools. Others are serving as evangelists, cross-cultural missionaries, and auxiliary workers.
The University purchased 33 acres of Land at Amrahia on the Dodowa Road northeast of Accra in 1995, and in 1997 commenced building its new Campus for relocation. The new campus will eventually house over 600 students. The University moved to its new home in 2003. From 2003 to 2005 the University ran an experimental graduate programme in Christian Organizational Leadership which it hoped to resume as full M.A programme at some point in the future but has been put on hold for the time being.