Where the edifice of Tesano Baptist Church is, used to be a property of the Ghana Baptist Mission, acquired in 1972 for use as Accra Baptist Centre. The Centre was a socio-religious place, tailored for the youth in the community. The Centre offered library, film show, games and literacy facilities. It also had a recording studio for the recording of the then Baptist Hour Radio Broadcast.
The Accra Baptist Centre served as a meeting place of Calvary Baptist Church in its formative stage. In 1974, Calvary Baptist Church which was meeting at the Centre, moved to its present site near Kwame Nkrumah Circle. This move created a vacuum at the Centre for church/fellowship activities. This prompted some of the Baptist Missionaries and some of the members who could not relocate to Circle to start Bible study and worship activities at the Centre. Notable among them were Kathe Browne, a Baptist Missionary, Rev. Carruthers and Pastor Prince Bediako.
That same year, Miss Lovan Nadeen who was the Director of the Baptist Centre, left for Kumasi and Rev. Enoch T. Quartey became the first Ghanaian Director of the Centre. Rev. E.T. Quartey helped nurture this small group of believers into a church. He also started a nursery school on the Centre’s premises which became a sought-after primary school in the community because of the quality and Christian based education offered the children.
The emerging new church started Sunday morning service in 1975 with the few converts made up of the former Calvary Baptist Church members who stayed behind. In the early years, notably between 1975 and 1979, not much growth was recorded. Rev. E.T. Quartey baptized the first nine (9) converts in 1975. The meeting hall could take about thirty (30) people. Those who were part of this congregation in that era included names like Mrs. Linah Boateng, Mr. Stephen Mensah, Mr. Samuel Ankrah, Pastor Sammy Adodo, Deacon George Owusu, Deaconess Mercy Sarfo-Antwi, Deac. Sammy Aguadze and the late Madam Naa Shormey. Other missionary families and Ghanaian Christians lent support to the church in its early years. The Simms family and Ms. Maxine Mosely were prominent among the missionaries who attend this church.
The beginning of an organized church started in this period. The Ghana Baptist Mission closed the Centre’s activities in 1980 and Rev. E.T. Quartey who had helped the church all that time was formally called to be the Pastor of Tesano Baptist Church in 1981. Leaders were chosen to assist Rev. Quartey and during this period, membership began to grow. The existing room had to be extended and other walls were broken down to expand the meeting place. This extension work continued as membership grew. Key activities during the period were:-
Tesano Baptist Church established its first daughter church, Achimota Baptist, now Greater Works Baptist Church at Abofu, with the support of Rev. John Gordy, a Baptist Missionary working with the Ghana Baptist Mission.
The first ten Deacons and Deaconesses were ordained. They include the Late Andrew Sarfo-Antwi (Chairman) and Rev. Kweku Hazel. Others are Deacon Dr. Archie Sittie, Rev. George K. Owusu, Deacon Solomon Hammond, Rev. Paul Amenyo and Deaconess Mrs. Linah Boateng. The rest are Deacon Stephen Mensah, Deacon Ralph Sutherland and Deacon Samuel Aguadze and Deaconess Mrs. Obeng-Nkrumah. Rev. Joseph Agyeman-Duah later joined the body of deacons.
Hope Baptist Church was established under the leadership of Rev. E.T. Quartey..
A formal sod-cutting ceremony was performed to initiate the building of a new auditorium which was designed by Deacon Ralph Sutherland. The late Mr. S.K. Boateng provided the initial blocks for the building and construction was supervised by Rev. Paul Amenyo. The Northern Congregation Church, made up of predominantly the Frafras, was established in Tesano Baptist and this was pioneered by Brother Lawrence Larewani.
This decade saw the Tesano Baptist Church in enhanced growth. Colossians 1:28 was adopted as the Church’s vision text. Another daughter church was planted under Rev. E.T. Quartey at Amasaman, the New Life Baptist Church, in 1992. After Amasaman Church, the Pokuasi Church, Grace Baptist, was also established.
As a result of the growth and bigger worship place created, the church called Rev. K. Amo in 1992 and he became the Snr. Pastor in 1993, after the retirement of Rev. E.T. Quartey.
Tesano Baptist Church planted churches in the Central Region at Sankor, Senya, Winneba, Gomoa Fetteh and Kasoa in this era. Rev. Dr. William Jonfia-Essien was the church evangelist who led in the planting of these churches. Other city churches were also planted. They are Alajo (now Restoration) Baptist Church, Prince of Peace Baptist Church and Evangel Baptist Church. The second installation of Deacons and Deaconesses took place in this era as well as the acquisition of lands for daughter churches. In 1997, another sod-cutting ceremony for the construction of the 4-storey educational/office building was performed.
At the end of 2000, the book membership of the church stood above one thousand. Rev. K. Amo left TBC to take appointment as the General Secretary of the Ghana Baptist Convention. Rev. K. Hazel who had been called into full-time ministry in 1997, took over the leadership of the church in the year 2000.
This period marked the completion of the auditorium in 2004 and the church celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2005. Book membership had risen to over 2000 (two thousand) and Sunday attendance rose to 1,200 (one thousand two hundred) weekly.
Plots of land were bought for Restoration (formerly Alajo) Baptist Church, Prince of Peace Baptist Church (Nii Boi Town), Emmanuel Baptist Church (Dome Pillar 2).
The Volta Mission project also started with the leadership of Rev. Isaac Osabutey in this era and up to date, 14 (fourteen) Baptist Churches have been planted in the Volta Region. After Pastor Osabutey, Rev. Kwasi Agyemang became the Pastor in charge of our Evangelism & Missions Ministry.
The expansion work on the new auditorium started in 2002 and was completed in 2005.
This era saw the growth of the church in many areas and other daughter churches planted in Accra. They are Emmanuel Baptist Church, Jubilee Baptist Church and Amazing Grace Baptist Church, and the take-over of All Nations Baptist Church Sowutuom.
- Infrastructure: The educational/office block was completed and the church’s administration offices and the offices of the Pastors were relocated to the new block.
A new-property behind the church building was acquired and has given place for
a car-park and a facility that is used by the Youth Chapel.
- Ministry Growth: More ministries and quasi-ministries have been added to the existing ones to bring diversity of gifts and talents for the work of the Kingdom.
We now have Hospital Ministry, Prison Ministry, Hospitality Ministry, News Media Ministry and Protocol Ministry. Other like Orphan Cake Foundation is an NGO, birthed in Tesano Baptist Church to cater for orphans.
Again, coming into place is the Eagles’ Fellowship, founded by Mrs. Georgette Hazel. This Ministry teaches the youth in godly relationship and prepares them for Christian marriage.
More leaders have emerged over the last decade. Pastoral leadership has been enlarged both in full-time and bi-vocational functions.
More Ministers of the church have been ordained by the Baptist Convention. They include Rev. Eva Asare-Bediako, Rev. Joseph Osei-Wusu, Rev. Kwaku Darko-Mensah, Rev. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, Rev. John Nkum, Rev. William Jonfia-Essien, Rev. Emmanuel Owusu, Rev. Kwasi Agyemang and the latest to be ordained is Rev. Comfort Akakpo.
Most of the Deacons have taken pastoral responsibilities in our daughter churches. They are Pastor Samuel Asante of Amazing Grace Baptist, Pastor Isaac Asare-Badu of All Nations Baptist, Pastor Akwasi Adu-Boahene of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Dome Pillar 2 and Pastor Elikem Blekpe of Jubilee Baptist Church.
Members in Glory
Tesano Baptist Church has populated Heaven as a result of glorious home call of some of our beloved members. Not in any order, we remember gallants like Rev. E.T. Quartey, the first Pastor of the Church, Rev. Godwin Botchway, Deacon RPC Ennin, Mr. Emmanuel Cooper, Opanin Gyimah, Mr. Eric Amoah, Elliot Ababio, and lately Mr. Alex Swatson, just to mention a few.
Contribution of Professionals and Business Executives
Tesano Baptist Church has made a significant contribution to our nation of professionals and business executives who have excelled in their various fields. We are proud of people like Prof. Fred Binka, Justice Akamba, Dr. & Mrs. Sittie, ACP Rtd. Mrs. Georgette Hazel, Rev. John Nkum, Richard Adu-Poku, Col. Rtd. Appiah Adjapong, Dr. Kwabena Dapaah-Siakwan. Mrs. Chris Dadzie, Deacon Francis Asuming and Deacon Solomon Hammond.
On the business front, these have made significant contributions, both in Kingdom growth and the general economy. Deacon Dan Ofori, Deacon Adams Imoro Ayaanah, Madam Agnes Osei, Mr. Isaac Acheampong and Mrs. Becky Aouad, Mrs. Felicity Ansong, Deaconess Alice Quarshie, Deaconess Maame Ekua Amoah and many more that space would not allow us to mention.
Growth in membership and members growing in their various fields of endeavor, coupled with spiritual growth, have happened over the last ten years. Tesano Baptist Church has members born in the church who have now become parents themselves.
Glory be to God for these forty years of Tesano Baptist Church. We are, indeed, grateful to God for His faithfulness over these 40 years.
Current Pastors of TBC
- Kweku E. Hazel (Head Pastor)
- John C. Nkum
- Kweku Darko-Mensah
- Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah
- Dr. William Jonfia-Essien
- Mrs. Eva Asare-Bediako
- Joseph Osei-Wusu
- Sylvester Osei-Owusu
- Emmanuel Owusu
- Kwasi Agyemang
- Douglas Anafo
- Comfort Akofa Akakpo
- Gilbert Appiah
- Kwesi Attuah
- Francis Adibo
- Isaac Osabutey
Former Pastors of TBC
- Kojo Amo
- Prince Charles Brobbey
- Esme Kuttin-Nuamah
- Pastor Ato Yankey
Deceased Pastors of TBC
- E.T. Quartey
- Godwin Odame Botchwey
- George Osei-Owusu