Apostle John Kefa Siaw
Apostle J.K. Siaw was employed by the church on October 1st 1972 and was ordained in April 1st 1977. Apostle John K. Siaw served in so many capacities and was elected National Evangelism Director, as an Executive Council member in 1986. Apostle Siaw was privileged to travel to the United State Of America in 1988.
Susbsequnetly, Apostle Siaw after his arrival informed the National Executive Council (NEC) of his burden as an evangelist to go all nations was convinced to start a church in USA. Since it was biblically based with his church dreams we prayed with him and finally established the first appointed National head to the USA and Canada missions
Apostles are usually known as person who have great passion for the work of the lord. This passionate attitude we also noticed in our retiring National head. Even though, there were situations, which were really uncomfortable, however in con-junction with NEC in Ghana in a joint prayer, Apostle Siaw by God's Grace was able to stand firm and served for thirty- seven (37) years to defend the policies and doctrines of the church. If today we talk about our branches in the USA and Canada, Apostle siaw and family cannot be left out in the history books of our church.
The Christ Apostolic Church International (CAC), an Apostolic, Evangelical Church was founded by Apostle Peter Newman Anim in the year 1917 at Asamankese in the Eastern Region of Ghana, It is the first Pentecostal Church in Ghana and the sub region. The Christ Apostolic Church currently has over 2000 assemblies throughout the ten Regions of Ghana. In addition the Church has branches in the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Italy, Holland, Austria, South Africa, la Cote d’Ivore, Togo and Chad. The entire membership of the CAC stands at about four hundred and fifty thousand. The Head Office of the Church is currently located at Osu, near the Ohene Gyan Sports Stadium traffic light. Accra The Church was established in 1917 by Apostle Peter Newman Anim.
During the intervening period, the church operated under various names. It started as True Faith Prayer Group (1917–1922), Faith Tabernacle Church (1922-1930), The Apostolic Faith Church (1930-1935), The Apostolic Church (1937-1939), The current name Christ Apostolic Church was adopted in 1939. The church traces its root from the True Faith prayer group formed by Apostle Peter Newman Anim in 1917. This prayer group became the Faith Tabernacle Church which was formed by Apostle Peter Anim and other pioneers of Pentecostalism in 1922. The church was formed as a result of Apostle Anim’s fraternisation with Pastor A. Clark, founder of the Faith Tabernacle Church, Philadelphia. Pastor Clark was also the editor of a Christian Magazine, The Sword of the Spirit which Apostle Anim read regularly. It was through this magazine that Anim came into contact with the editor and this eventually led to the establishment of the faith Tabernacle Church in Ghana.
The first building of the Faith Tabernacle Church was sited on a plot of land donated by the then Chief of Asamankese, the late Nana Kweku Amoah I. This donation was prompted by the miraculous healing of his son through prayers by Apostle Anim’s prayer group. It was on the roof of this particular church building that the Holy Spirit literally manifested himself and settled like a pillar of fire during one of the intense prayer sessions by the men of God. People in the community who thought the building was on fire, rushed with buckets of water to quench it, only to experience the power of God. Many were converted that day to the group. To the Glory of God, this Chapel still stands at its original place today.
From that experience, the Church became the firstborn Pentecostal in the sub region. The membership of the Church grew rapidly when the power of God was manifested through divine healing and deliverance from evil spirits. After the first sick person who went to one of their prayer meetings was healed, several sick people were brought to the group for healing. The news of these miracles spread very fast and many people who came to the church gave their lives to Jesus Christ. Testimonies about these healings spread throughout Asamankese and several people believed their message. This caused the rapid expansion of the Faith Tabernacle Church and resulted in the establishment of branches in many towns in the southern parts of the then Gold Coast. Branches were also established in Togo land. In the year 1930 the name of the church was changed from the Faith Tabernacle to the Apostolic Faith Church as a result of Anim’s search for deeper faith and greater spiritual power to know more about the Holy Ghost. In 1932, there was a great revival in the church which was accompanied with a considerable growth.
The first to receive the Holy Spirit baptism in the Church was Bro Stephen Owiredu at a Village near Asamankese called Brekumanso during an intense prayer. The work of the Holy Spirit was so mighty, that the gospel spread to the Fantiland, Anglo and other areas in the Eastern Region of Ghana. This period is still referred to as the HOLY GHOST DISPENSATION IN GHANA. As the years passed on, Apostle Anim got in contact with missionaries of the Apostolic Church of Bradford, UK through a fellow Faith Tabernacle pastor, David O. Odubanjo of Nigeria. Cooperation between the two churches resulted in the visit of Pastor George Perfect (Apostle) from the UK to Asamankese, Ghana in 1935. The ministry of Pastor George Perfect made such a great impression on Anim and his Church that before he Pastor George Perfect returned after his two week stay in the country, Anim and his Church took the decision to affiliate with the UK Apostolic Church. As a result of the fruitful cooperation between the two churches, Anim requested Bradford to send a resident missionary to Ghana to assist in the work of evangelisation. In 1937, James McKeown, was dispatched as the first Pentecostal missionary from UK to Asamankese. He was later in May of the same year joined by his wife Sophia. McKeown’s diligence attracted the admiration of all.
He fully participated in the construction of the mission house which housed him. However, his contraction of malaria and his subsequent attendance at a hospital began a doctrinal battle between him and Anim’s followers, which eventually ended in their separation. McKeown moved to Winneba, a town in the Central Region of Ghana and later returned to the UK on a leave of absence. The Apostolic Church, UK did their best to mend the broken relationship with Anim’s group but without much success since the stand of Apostle Anim on “no medication” was to him non-negotiable.
Unwilling to “compromise,” Anim ceased the cooperation with the Apostolic Church, UK. In 1939 the name of Apostle Anim’s church was changed to Christ Apostolic Church (CAC). This change of name was occasioned by a prophetic word from the Holy Spirit at a prayer meeting. The Holy Spirit instructed that the word Christ should prefix Apostolic Church. The Christ Apostolic Church began to organize and established herself as a major Classical Apostolic, Pentecostal denomination in Ghana. The theology and doctrines of the Church had undergone evolution and this was dictated by changes in position on matters of theology and doctrine, increased knowledge in the scripture and opening of the understanding by the Holy Spirit. The church was registered in 1960 under the land Perpetual Law Cap. 137 with the name Christ Apostolic Church. The Certificate of Incorporation ‘Ordinance, Cap. 137 were signed on the 10th day of November, 1960. The Christ Apostolic Church has passed through many challenges in the course of her history from being a small prayer group to an International Christian Organisation. The CAC is a founding member of the Ghana Pentecostal Council and take active part in all activities of the Council. The Church also fulfils her social responsibilities to her members and the general public by way of providing educational and social facilities. Agricultural activities to support livelihood has been put in place. The church also has youth oriented programmes that promote sound moral and character development of young people for the advancement of society. The Christ Apostolic Church celebrated its 90th Anniversary in the year 2007 to the Glory of God.